You're not alone.
I went for coffee with an old colleague a while back. She came to me because she knew I had gone through my own issues of burnout, exhaustion and resilience. She became quite emotional as she told me how she had slowly come to realise that this job wasn't working, that it wasn't what she had wanted to do and she wasn't having the impact that she wanted.
Then, quietly, checking around her to make sure that no one else was listening, she confessed that she had been in tears every Sunday for months.
To anyone of my friends or colleagues who are reading this; this may or may not be about you because my god I cannot count the number of women who have told me this in the last 6 months alone.
So, if you're feeling shitty and overwhelmed and exhausted and want to sit down and cry at the thought of going back to work tomorrow - listen to me carefully - YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
How to solve it though? Well that's a little trickier.
There are some instant tools that I have used and have introduced my clients to, that you may just find help lift your mood tonight.
First; care for you. It's so much more difficult to feel able, on top of it, or simply happy when you're exhausted, run down, on the edge of a perpetual cold and in need of a duvet day.
So, for one evening, fuck the chores and to-do's and cultivate a feeling of warmth, relaxation and harmony and home. Light the expensive candles. Were the fluffy White Company robe. Pour a glass of the good stuff. Put your feet up and watch something or read something that will draw all your attention.
Second; plan ahead. Work is only 8 hours. Even if you have an endless to-do list, non-stop priorities and enough work to keep an entire army going, Monday is just one day.
Just as we all over-estimate what we can do in one year and underestimate what can be achieved in a decade, every week the working woman over-estimates what she can achieve in a day and underestimates what she can achieve in (an energised, effective, enjoyed) week.
So tonight, plan your Monday night. Put something in the diary that you will enjoy and look forward to throughout the day. Make a promise to yourself that you will leave the office at 5.30 and have this evening for you - and keep to it! Just as you achieve more in the days before annual leave than you did it any day preceding, you will naturally achieve motivation and energised production when you have a deadline and a reward to look forward to.
Finally, perhaps it's time to examine why you feel so awful on a Sunday night. Is it the return to work, the loss of freedom, or is there something else hurting you.
You have one, finite, beautiful life. Commit to cultivating a life and career that you love, instead of feeling the dread each day and letting it hold you back any further.
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