Conquer The Sunday Night Blues

Last Updated May 8, 2011 11:36 PM EDT

You know the feeling. Sometime around noon on Sunday you start remembering that, oh yeah, you're going back to work tomorrow. Even if you like your job, it's easy to worry about your workload or a stressful conversation you've seen scheduled on your calendar.
These worries make perfect sense. The problem is that, if you're not careful, they can easily suck the joy out of what's left of the weekend. Eventually, Monday will arrive whether you worry about it or not. But worrying about Monday over the weekend makes Sunday feel like it's Monday already.

Fortunately, there's an easy cure for the Sunday Night Blues. Earlier in the week -- say, on Thursday -- choose something fun to do on Sunday night. Maybe it's a game night with friends, or dinner with your partner at your favorite restaurant. Join a volunteer project that meets on Sunday nights, or start one with the help of an organization you admire. If your religion has services on Sunday nights, that's a good option, or you can meet with a trainer, or sign up for an exercise class you've been eager to try. Socializing, exercising and engaging in spiritual activities are -- after sex and eating -- the most pleasurable things we humans do. So any of these options are great.

But here's the most important part: block your Sunday night choice onto your calendar. Deal with any logistics (babysitters, tickets) ahead of time. That way, come noon on Sunday, you'll know you have something to look forward to in your day. That will extend the weekend, and fill your mind with happy thoughts, rather than what's happening on Monday. With any luck, you won't think about Monday until roughly 11PM, when it's too late to wallow in the pain.

How do you beat the Sunday night blues?

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