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Is the Work Week Following You Home? 6 Ways To Enjoy Your Weekend

When you think of weekends, what do you think of? Maybe you think of a night out with friends, a few glasses of wine, or lounging on the couch with a good book and a bag of chips. Between the dinners out, frozen yogurt stops, and that Sunday donut run, you might find yourself heading into work on Monday feeling pretty sluggish. Not to mention trying to wake up early on Monday morning after sleeping in all weekend, and spending Sunday afternoon catching up on work and chores. Sometimes you may end up feeling like you need a weekend to recover from the weekend!

The stress of the weekdays may easily seep into your weekends without you even realizing it, and by the time Sunday evening rolls around, you aren’t ready to face Monday morning. You’re not alone. It’s easy to let bad habits conquer those two precious days of serenity, and it’s up to you to make the most of your time. Here are six common hindrances that may leave you feeling the Monday morning blues:

Sleeping in late. Ever had a bad case of jet lag? How about “social jet lag?” Till Roenneberg, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Munich's Institute of Medical Psychology, describes this type of jet lag as "the discrepancy between what our body clock wants us to do and what our social clock wants us to do ... It almost looks as if people on a Friday evening fly from Paris to New York, and on Monday morning they fly back again."

Overeating. Fans of social media, you may notice more pictures popping up on the weekend of elaborate waffles at Sunday brunch, or batches of fresh cupcakes coming out of the oven. It’s no secret that weekends are associated with overeating, both from social gatherings and boredom at home. Even avid weekly exercisers and healthy eaters are not immune from losing results due to weekend overeating.

Staying “Plugged In.” Our numerous digital devices can keep us plugged into the cyber world, but in doing so, they also cause us to be unplugged from the world around us. Taking a break from your smartphone for some hiking or swimming in fresh air with friends and family may do more good than you know. It can help reduce your stress and allow you to recharge for the week ahead.

Working over the weekend. Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend, says that high performance also calls for managing downtime in a way that allows you to recharge your batteries as much as you can. Thinking of that weekend relaxation time as a necessity to be more productive may help you find good reason to relax on the weekend.

Errands & Chores. These two activities can leave you feeling exhausted by the end of the weekend. Trying to spread them out throughout the weekdays may be just the ticket to a more relaxing weekend.

Sunday Stress. So you try to enjoy “Sunday Funday,” yet you still find yourself feeling the Sunday night blues. More than a quarter of employees feel dread and anxiety the day before returning to work after a day or weekend off, according to a mental health report in the Guardian. You may be able to combat this by spending time doing enjoyable activities instead of putting all of your attention on the week ahead. 

Maybe next time you see people enjoying their weekend, you can smile, turn off the computer, and go outside. It's time to savor your very own "Sunday Funday." 


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