Hot on the heels of Friday's euphoric end to the working week and Saturday's hours of leisure comes Sunday, and the knowledge that Monday is just one sleep away. Instead of luxuriating in our last afternoon of freedom for the week, by lunchtime on Sunday, many of us start to feel the comedown effects of the fleeting elation that had us flying high just two days prior.
Do you feel like a sloth on Sundays? Photo credit: Stefan Laube.
You may start to go through the motions that fill you with dread and lethargy – clearing away the evidence of the previous night's fun, throwing out the piece of toast you made upon returning home from the pub which you found half-eaten and squashed against your face in the morning, washing your clothes for the week ahead, finishing the report that was due Friday before after-work drinks took precedence, getting the kids ready for school, or whatever the case may be.
Beating the Sunday Blues isn't easy. The unfortunate fact is that this day-specific dysphoria isn't particularly logical in selecting who it hits. Those who adore their jobs can, too, find themselves plagued by Sunday dread. Even people on holidays, who shouldn't know what day of the week it is, are sometimes apprised of the fact that it's Sunday when the blues kick in like clockwork, regardless of the fancy-free days that lie ahead of them. So the question is – how do you overcome the comedown? Here are a few ideas:
Sunday Session Trick your brain into thinking it's still Saturday by heading out with friends and having dinner and a few drinks. Sunday afternoons are perfect for lounging around in a café or a beer garden. Check out some of our favourite beer gardens in Melbourne and Sydney, and get the lowdown from Laura Marshall on beating the Sunday Blues with beer in Brisbane.
Seek Distraction Organise fun things to do on Sundays to distract yourself from the blues. Brisbanites may want to head to some of the best markets in town, Sydneysiders can spend time and not money after a big Saturday by partaking in the best cheap activities around Darling Harbour, and Melburnians can check out a film at one of the city's best cinemas.
Refresh and Recharge The thought of the week to come may not seem so daunting if you start it the right way. If you've had a big weekend, make sure you take some time to revitalise yourself before the stress of a new week begins. Take a yoga class, go for a walk with a friend, or schedule a pampering session to help you relax and rejuvenate.
A Clean Start You may have to push yourself to begin, but once you get going, you'll probably find that there are all sorts of benefits to spring cleaning the house, particularly when you're feeling low. If nothing else, it's a distraction, but you'll also feel better about the week ahead if everything is in order and sparkling clean. Do a thorough enough job of it and you may wear yourself out too, and be able to fall asleep the second you slide between your (freshly laundered) linens, preventing the added misery of getting through Monday on only a few hours' sleep.
Cultivate Anticipation Make Monday a day to look forward to by organising some fun things to do at the start of the week instead of leaving them all to the days when you're already on the home stretch. Arrange to catch up with a friend over breakfast or schedule lunch with a workmate. If you're a bit of a shopaholic, you might like to try buying something lovely on Friday and leaving it at the office over the weekend – Monday won't be able to come soon enough if the boots you've been eyeing off for weeks are stashed in the bottom drawer of your desk, just waiting to be shown off for the first time.
Now it's your turn – how do you beat the Sunday Blues?
I go to a nice coffee shop (I try different ones all the time) late Sunday afternoon and read the rest of my weekend paper that I haven't got round to yet.
Unfortunately a lot of coffee shops aren't open around 5 o'clock on a Sunday afternoon (my recurring complaint in Brisbane - unfriendly coffee shop opening hours) - exactly the time they should be open, when people need them!