The Sunday blues is a well-documented phenomenon. Around 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon, everyone with a Monday through Friday job starts remembering that Monday morning exists, and we get sad. Some people-- up to 70% of people according to some polls-- get sad enough that it significantly impacts their day.
I started writing this blog post as a list of things that teachers can do to shake off the Sunday blues. Scheduling time with friends, doing Sunday chores on Saturday, staying active, having a fun ritual, or finding moments of gratitude. All of those things help, and have helped me in the past, and there may be a future upbeat post in there somewhere.
But the tip I wanted to start with, and the thing that helps me the most week in and week out, is letting myself be sad.
What you resist tends to persist. Paradoxically, the more Sunday minutes I spend convincing myself that I'm not nervous or restless or grumpy, the more nervous, restless, and grumpy I become. Just ask my husband, or my cat.
So these days I pause, and I acknowledge that I'm feeling low. I lean into the discomfort, fear, or irritability. I swim around in it for a few minutes, preferably without technology nearby to distract me. Mindfulness meditation is great for this. So is yoga, or slowly drinking a cup of tea (or eating a bowl of ice cream), or going for a walk.
If I let myself feel the way I'm feeling for even five or ten minutes, then the Sunday blues usually loosen their grip. I hope this simple act helps you, too.
If you also have the Sunday blues today, leave me a comment. We're all there with you, or at least 70% of us are. It's okay to be not be okay.
All the best,