Do you ever feel a bit down or uninspired as the weekend draws to a close? If so, you’re not alone. Many people experience what’s commonly known as Sunday Blues Depression. You may find yourself putting off tasks, feeling fatigued, or lacking motivation to spend time with loved ones. Thoughts of the upcoming work week or other obligations can bring on feelings of depression or anxiety. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to take a closer look at your mental and emotional state.
While it’s normal to feel a bit down when the weekend or vacation is over, it’s important to distinguish between normal emotions and something more serious like clinical depression. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM 5) is widely used to diagnose mental health conditions, including depression. If your mood drops for a short period and then usually rises back up, it may just be a temporary adjustment to returning to work mode. However, if you find that most of your mood is related to dreading an unpleasant habit, such as getting up early or dealing with stress at work, it may be a sign that you need to make some changes in your life.
If you suspect that your blues are more serious or if you’re having trouble going about your daily activities, seeking professional mental health services may be a good option. Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders are complex and multifaceted. A mental health professional can help you identify the root cause of your emotions and provide you with tools to manage them.In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help alleviate the Sunday Blues. Try practicing mindfulness exercises or other contemplative activities to help redirect your thoughts to the present moment instead of worrying about the future. If you find yourself caught up in depressing ideas or thoughts about upcoming obligations, try changing your inner monologue to something more positive and empowering.
Finally, make the most of your remaining free time by doing something that makes you feel good. Spend time with friends and family, pursue a hobby, or simply relax and recharge. Whatever you do, be kind to yourself and remember that it’s okay to take a break and prioritize your mental and emotional health. At Journey Telepsychiatry, we understand that each person’s experience with depression is unique, and that’s why we personalize our treatments to suit your individual needs. Our team of experienced professionals can help you find the right combination of treatments that work best for you. Book an appointment with us today.