Sunday night blues: New study reveals why you feel anxious before a new week starts

Once associated with a relaxing break, Sunday evening has turned into a time of anxiety for many people. Where does this sudden drop in morale come from? Science reveals the causes of the 'Sunday Night Blues'...

New study reveals why you feel the 'Sunday night blues' before a new week starts
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New study reveals why you feel the 'Sunday night blues' before a new week starts

For many of us are, Sunday evenings are the time of the week when we sometimes feel trapped in a feeling of melancholy. This sadness, often referred to as the 'Sunday Night Blues', can be a source of anxiety andstress. So what fuels this feeling, and how can we soothe it? A British study sheds light on the causes of this phenomenon and suggests solutions in order to manage it.

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The origins of the 'Sunday Night Blues'

The reasons are varied and often linked to our modern lifestyle. According to a study conducted by the University of Exeter, the main source of this feeling is linked to our profession. Indeed, the close relationship between personal and professional life, accentuated by the fact that we work from home more regularly, creates a breeding ground for this feeling of unease.

Ilke Inceoglu, Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Exeter Business School explains:

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With the 'Sunday Night Blues' we instantly regret not having enjoyed ourselves enough and we think about the tasks that await us in the following week.

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Solutions to break the Sunday Night Blues

While the feeling may seem unavoidable, there are practical ways of countering it. In fact, the authors of the study suggest several approaches that will help you regain emotional balance. In a professional context, employers have a crucial role to play in supporting their employees. That includes helping them and encouraging them to recharge their batteries so they can tackle the week to come with energy and enthusiasm.

Outside work, it's important to engage in enriching and stimulating activities. Getting up at a reasonable hour and establishing good habits can help prevent this feeling. Reading a captivating book, sharing a meal with friends or immersing yourself in board games are all ways of feeling better and promoting your well-being.

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This article has been translated from Oh!MyMag France


Study by the University of Exeter in England

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