Many people experience the ‘Sunday blues’ where the end of the weekend brings a sense of sadness. massive difference. How can we maintain those carefree feelings throughout the week, month and year?For those prone to this experience, the end of a break from work can be a bit more painful. Logically, there is no difference between this Wednesday and the one from two or three weeks ago – apart from the scenery perhaps. Emotionally though, there is a
Take the time to think back to your time away from work, what was it that made the time so special? Ok, apart from being away from work, what made it so special? Barring the holiday you may have gone on, those special things are available to you throughout the year. Granted you may not be able to do as much on a whim during the week but planning your week to include what makes you happy can free the weekends for those whimsical ideas. If you tend to be a bit of a social hermit during the work year, consider why this is the case and challenge yourself to schedule a weekly or monthly ’contact’ with someone – with technology even your overseas special people are reachable for a cup of coffee. It may seem counter-intuitive but working non-stop does not make you more productive.
If being away from your work space truly was the sole thing that made your break special, you may need to consider making some changes – whether it be to personalise your work space, ask for a raise, change your working hours, move to a different department, change companies or even careers entirely (with the latter being the most challenging). While not everyone is smitten with their jobs, if there are no elements of satisfaction, the year will be very long.
It may also be time to consider changing what you tell yourself about the year:
December should not be a reward for working yourself to the bone – reward yourself often, healthily.December is not an end – it’s a break: viewing December as an end sets your emotions up for disappointment.