Since most of us are working for the weekend, it may come as no surprise that a 2015 Monster survey found seventy-six percent of American workers have admitted to suffering from the Sunday Night Blues.
Sunday Night Blues = an acute condition in which symptoms include feelings of helplessness and/or depression and anxiety surrounding the upcoming week, Sunday Night Blues predominantly affects students and nine-to-five workers.
And while a lot of American workers, entrepreneurs in particular, typically love what they do and operate best at full-speed with a busy plate, the anticipation of the upcoming stress of a workday can be jarring while in a relaxing environment, like your home. So how do we change our weekends in order to shut the Sunday Night Blues down for good and prepare ourselves for the week ahead?
Business Insider spoke with a few experts–from career coaches to CEOs–including Laura Vanderkam, author of “What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend,” about the weekend habits of successful people. Here are a few of my favorites:
Whether it’s a classic fictional novel, an inspiring CEOs memoir, or a section you missed from yesterday’s newspaper, reading should always been woven into nighttime routines, especially Sunday. It’s also a great time to catch up on projects, expand your knowledge of the industry, or even catch yourself up on your Twitter timeline. Known to boost brain power, increase intelligence, and more, it’s no wonder some successful leaders block off their reading time as “non negotiable.”
Success is only best shared with those you love, and most successful CEOs and entrepreneurs are motivated by their spouses, children, and family. Smart individuals realize that weeks can easily get clogged up with impromptu meetings, long conference calls, late nights, and early mornings, and make the most of their weekends to get in some quality family time. Sunday nights are a great way to kickoff the week bonding with loved ones, motivating yourself to work hard for those you love.
Health is Wealth
While most people use the weekend as an excuse to cheat on their diets or take a break from their exercise routine, the best way to start off your week right is by eating right and staying active on the weekends. Packing your belly full of healthy meals and keeping the cork on the Pinot Noir will help you wake up feeling more energized and ready to tackle the day. Releasing endorphins is a great way to get pumped for the week ahead as well as sweat out the toxins brought on from the stress of the week before.
Stay tuned for part two of this post, coming soon!