Sunday Night Blues and Work-Life Balance
When Sunday afternoon rolls around and instead of relishing that time with family, friends, your significant other, or beloved pets, you have these thoughts racing through your head:
“What meetings do I have tomorrow?”
“What deliverables do I owe my boss?”
“What time do I have to wake up to make that morning meeting?”
Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
What Are the Sunday [Blues] Scaries?
Do you find that as your weekends come to an end, your feelings of anxiousness start to go up? Anxiety on Sunday nights is sometimes referred to as the “Sunday Scaries.” Learn what causes Sunday anxiety and how to help it go away.
What Are Sunday [Blues] Scaries?
The Cleveland Clinic defines Sunday Scaries as “feelings of intense anxiety and dread that routinely occur every Sunday.”(1) While these feelings generally begin to appear later in the day, someone with higher levels of anxiety may start to experience them earlier, even upon waking.
Along with having anxiety on Sunday nights, someone with the Sunday Scaries might notice other symptoms as well. Symptoms of Sunday anxiety can range from increased sweating, upset stomach, headache, and trouble sleeping to more severe manifestations such as depression or even a heart attack. READ MORE
5 Strategies To Beat The Sunday Night Blues
A report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) revealed that 40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful and 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. So, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing a phenomenon called the Sunday night blues (or Sunday scaries)— that anxiety you experience on Sunday when thinking about the impending workweek. It’s not a figment of your imagination. It’s real. According to a poll by Monster, 76% of Americans report having “really bad” Sunday night blues. Here are five strategies that will help you beat that Sunday evening anxiety so you can truly enjoy your well-earned weekend time
1. Schedule a fun activity
2. Disconnect from email
3. Plan for the week ahead
4. Employ mindfulness techniques
5. Consider a new career or job opportunity READ MORE
How to Maintain Work-Life Balance Like a Pro
Many people think that maintaining a work-life balance is primarily based on cutting out activities from one’s schedule. Indeed, setting priorities, simplifying your schedule, and learning time management techniques are all a significant part of work-life balance, in that these steps may be required to minimize the “work” portion enough to allow the “life” component to have a balanced role.
However, even those who have a heavy amount of work requirements that cannot be eliminated can maintain a comfortable level of work-life balance—it’s an ongoing endeavor. Being busy with work and life can still include maintaining a balance.
1. Understand What Work-Life Balance Means
2. Engage in Leisure Activities
3. See Where You Can Multitask… READ MORE
Got the Sunday Blues? 7 Signs it’s Time to Leave Your Job
It’s Sunday night, but instead of getting amped to catch a new episode of Breaking Bad, you’re just feeling the impending doom of the work week to come.
Your job—the one you once saw as an exciting leg up on a promising career path—now seems like a rut that your feet are glued to, rather than a career-propelling rung into that corner office.
But with a staggering amount of employees unhappy over their current gigs—Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workforce survey found that 70% of workers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from a job—how do you know if it’s just a bad week or a larger problem?
We spoke to career experts to help us suss out the seven surefire signs that it’s time to clean out your cubicle.
1. You’re Habitually Contracting the Sunday Blues
2. You Spend More Time Daydreaming Than Doing Your Job
3. You Just Passed the 10-Year Mark at Your Company (Without a Promotion)… READ MORE