Sunday Night Fever, also known as ‘Sunday Night Blues’ or ‘SundayFear’ is not an easy condition to cure.
If you find yourself dreading work on a Sunday, like the phone call from the health nurse after your contiki tour, the good news is it doesn’t necessarily mean you hate your job.
The bad news is Sunday night fever doesn't go away. In fact, it grows. In my past life in banking and in the case of almost every client we work with at Naked, as career responsibility grows so does our Sunday night fever.
More senior people to answer to.
More projects/cash/personalities to manage.
Basically, more to lose.
This may go some way to explaining why my last boss and I seemed to be in a race to the desk first thing Monday morning, sometimes to the tune of 5:45am.
If only we had been honest with each other about our fever, instead of slaves to it. Which brings me to my first tip to beat Sunday Night Fever:
- Recognise you are not alone. Sunday night blues are universal. German and Swedish researchers have determined that Sunday is statistically the least happy day of the week for most people. Sometimes just knowing other people feel the same way really helps.
- Think about the week ahead. Identify the things about your coming week that might be causing you to feel feverish (anxious). By calling them out, it will help you to plan & prepare accordingly and go a long way to taking the edge off.
- Wrap things up properly on Friday. This is a big one. Leaving important things unfinished on a Friday is a massive cause for anxiety & fever on a Sunday. While the temptation is to run out the door to the pub with everyone else, that little unfinished task can feel like a landmine on a Sunday.
- Mix up your Sunday night routine. If you have tried the above and you are still feeling like you have swallowed a bag of marbles on a Sunday- trying making it a more exciting night. Go to the movies, go for dinner, have friends over, go to a late yoga class, go for a long run. Distraction can sometimes be your friend.
- Work on Sunday morning. ‘What the fever-ing hell’? I hear you say. I know this one is controversial but just hear me out. If you have written your list and noticed that you are facing a mountain of work that coming week - you will feel 1000x better if you get on top of it first thing Sunday. Even if it’s just superficial planning. This point is Stephen Covey 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People stuff - and trust me - more than any of the tips above - it works!
Tell us, do you get Sunday Night Fever?
What are your tips for conquering it?