The weekend is coming to a close and that regular feeling of dread starts to creep in. Your head hits the pillow and thoughts of full inboxes, tight deadlines and demanding bosses are inevitably going to keep you awake half the night… Sound familiar?
Most of us have felt this way from time to time. However, research suggests that over 75% of us suffer from extreme Sunday night blues which manifests into severe anxiety and depression about work the next day. This is a worrying statistic when it comes to the health and wellbeing of the workforce.
This phenomenon doesn’t just affect senior executives; it can and does impact people at all levels of the employment hierarchy from Trainees to Partners. Even people who love their job can feel anxious about Monday mornings.
Want to avoid this feeling? Try out the following tactics to reclaim your well-earned day of rest:
1. Don’t check work emails
With technology at our fingertips 24/7, checking and rechecking your inbox can become an obsession. Research suggests that work emails can increase your heart rate as well as elevate your stress and cortisol levels. This can interfere with your body’s digestion and immune system, among other things, which is clearly not good for your health.
Why not consider removing push notifications from your phone or closing email on your computer over the weekend? If you really must check them, try setting yourself a time limit.
2. Plan for Monday on Friday
You may be desperate to run out the door for that first G&T but take some time to plan for the week ahead. Review and prioritise your calendar, write a to-do list, tie up as many loose ends as you can.
3. Understand the triggers
It’s important to identify the root cause(s) of your feelings of dread. Is it your boss? Unrealistic targets or expectations? The commute or work environment? Try to figure exactly what’s making you anxious so that you can do something to resolve it.
4. Do more of what you love on Sunday
Whether it’s your favourite activity, visiting somewhere new or simply hanging out with friends or family, try to make the most of your downtime with the people you enjoy spending time with. Exercise is also a great way to release feel-good endorphins and distract you from the blues.
5. Still not improving? – Time to change your job
Life is too short to constantly feel a negative impact from work. If you have tried the above and things have not improved, it could be time for a change. That’s where we come in. Write a list of what you enjoy most and least about your role then contact a member of the Pro-Finance team. We can help you find solutions that will not only benefit you but also the people around you and your career!