3 Ways to Overcome Your Sunday Night Blues

Does this sound familiar: You work all week just counting down the minutes until 5pm on Friday. You speed home from work in a manner that resembles the little piggy from the Geico commercials. You bask in every second of your Friday night/Saturday/Sunday morning freedom and then BAM! 4pm on Sunday hits and you’re suddenly overcome with anxiety, frustration, and a dash of despair.  You try as hard as you can, but you can’t shake the feeling that your life is doomed and that you will never. ever. ever. find a job you love. You continue on this shame spiral while lying in bed tossing and turning, unable to sleep which makes you even more aggravated. Why is work always getting in the way of the other things you want to do?!

But what if instead of dreading Monday morning like the plague you…dare I say…were excited for it?? I promise it’s not beyond the realm of possibility, and here are 3 little tips to get you started:

Define your version of success– So much of the Sunday night blues stem from feeling like a failure {because if we were successful, we’d have jobs that didn’t cause us so much anxiety, right?}. In order to beat the blues, you have to figure out what’s truly causing them. Imagine yourself in 5 years and you’re in a career that you makes you feel whole.  What does that look like? What would you be doing? Who would you be doing it with? What skills would be utilizing? What tasks would you be able to delegate to others? This is easier said than done, so give yourself the time and freedom to explore these questions without beating yourself up for not knowing the answer!

Focus on your strengths, and forget your weaknesses– We had a terrible tendency of setting the bar so high for ourselves that we can never meet our own expectations. You’re a human, yes? This means that statistically speaking there will be more things that you are not good at than things that you are.  What would happen if you stopped trying to improve your weaknesses and instead really focused on your strengths? Life would be much more enjoyable, wouldn’t it? What’s one small thing you can do tomorrow morning that will play on your biggest strength?

Advocate for yourself- Ok so now you have a crystal clear vision of how you’ll know when you’re happy at work and what that will look and feel like. You also know and are proud of your strengths because they make you the awesome person that you are! The last thing I challenge you to do is learn to advocate for yourself. All of this new found insight is pretty much useless unless you develop your plan for putting it into action.  Most likely, this plan is going to involve other people {like your boss or co-workers}. What’s your plan of attack? Remember to make the conversation focused on a win-win outcome. People want to know what’s in it for them, so tell them! But don’t compromise on what it is that you need out of the relationship.