Ever get those Monday morning blues? Or Sunday dread as I used to call it. You know the feeling half way through your Sunday, your supposed rest and fun day, that fills you with dread about facing the week ahead?
I know the feeling. It doesn’t just disappear and before long it overwhelms you with waves of anguish and anxiety which plays on your mind, bringing you out in hot sweats and in some cases panic attacks.
Why does it affect some people so much?
The association of the start of the week, the daily grind, the work load, stress all combine to play havoc in our minds. We start out our working lives enjoying work, having fun and looking forward to making money, building our futures and working our way up the corporate ladder and being successful.
But with it comes the ‘extras’. The days get longer, the business diversifies, you get married, have children and you start rising up the corporate ladder fairly quickly.
Before long the house seems too small and you move to the nice fixer upper with huge potential but also comes with a rather hefty mortgage. Still the next promotion or bonus should help make things a little easier.
Weekends playing rugby, football or golf go out of the window and are spent stripping, hammering, drilling and painting the new palace to be or if you’re fortunate enough you have the help of some builders to do some of the works for you. Either way you end up living in a permanent building site, covered in dust, grit and in a complete muddle.
No wonder Sunday afternoons soon fill you with dread of the week ahead. Where did all the fun, freedom and money go compared to when you first started work?
The cold beer after work or glass of wine to unwind when you get home can’t come quick enough. Not that’s a bad thing but soon it becomes 2-3 or 4-5 which makes it all the more difficult facing the next morning.
Where’s all the fun gone?
Life just seems to be one struggle after another, so we put a ‘happy face’ sticker on things merely masking the problem rather than facing them head on. They don’t go away, only get they bigger under the surface as we try to hide from them.
The little voice in your head tells you to ‘pull yourself together’ or ‘man up and get on with it’. From my experience, that’s a big mistake only adding to the pressures. Coping seems to be the goal, but ultimately what price is merely coping actually costing you?
So what’s the answer……?
Simply, there isn’t one pill cures all. However, the biggest part in all of this is awareness. If you are aware of it and you are reading this you have a choice. You can do something about it. Many will stay where they are, gripped by fear, self doubt and uncertainty, but some will do something.
The first thing is to acknowledge where you’re at. Then write down all the things that you think are not helping you get where you want to be and what you think you can do to change them. Number them.
Have a read through the list and then decide on one thing you want to change on the list and decide on what you can do to change it. Work at that until you have done so or at least seen some improvement. Then start on another. Then another.
It takes time but if you keep moving you will make progress.
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