Managing work-related anxiety and Sunday dread

Managing work-related anxiety and Sunday dread

Monday morning blues are real. Research by Mind suggests 66% of us feel anxious at the thought of the working week ahead. The changes that Covid-19 has brought to our working world – no commute, working from home, furlough etc – haven’t altered the sickening feeling that many of us feel creeping over us from Sunday evening.

Psychologists propose a number of reasons for this:

  • Our brains are trained into a mode of weekend rest and week ahead anticipation
  • Covid-19 adds an extra layer of mourning for our old structure
  • Lack of the old structure brings new anxieties about what Monday may hold

If you’re one of those people for whom the prospect of Monday has long held a sense of creeping anxiety, however, here is a different take on it and an exercise to try out.

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