周末心头飘阴霾 五方法抵抗周日综合症

In theory, the 62 hours between 6 p.m. on Friday evening and 8 a.m. on Monday morning are a blissful reprieve1 from the stress of the workweek. But even if you manage to leave work at work, the reality is that Sundays are often dominated by that sinking feeling that the workweek islooming2.

  The phenomenon is a real one — 78 percent of respondents in a recent international Monster.com poll reported experiencing the so-called “Sunday Night Blues3.” And a whopping 47 percent said they get it “really bad.” In the U.S., that number jumps to 59 percent.
  The Sunday Night Blues are created by a combination of realizing weekend fun is coming to an end and anticipating the beginning of five days of pressure, meaning it can strike even those who like their jobs. “Work is now spread out into home life with increasing demands because of email and the ability to work remotely,” says Steven Meyers, professor of psychology4 at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill. “Work has become more of a drain for many people than it was a decade or two ago. There’s more to dread5 nowadays.”
  But a case of the blues doesn’t have to derail your Sunday. Below are five expert-approved strategies for beating that end-of-weekend anxiety.
  1.Relax and distract.
  Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to forget about it. “Feelings of anxiety and depression are most common when the person is not particularly busy,” Meyers says. “So enjoyable activities that redirect your attention are especially important. Spending time with others, doing things that you find fun, exercising [and] devoting time to hobbies are all good ways to keep busy so that dread doesn’t creep into your mind.”
  Identify the times you tend to feel anxious as the weekend wears on (Sunday Night Blues can be a misnomer6 – sometimes it starts Sunday morning or afternoon), and purposely plan something to keep your mind focused on something else during those times.
  2.Put your feelings on paper.
  Still can’t squelch7 the feeling of impending8 doom9 on Monday Morning Eve? Try writing down exactly what it is that’s bothering you. “It’s a catharsis to get it out on paper … It’s like flushing a toilet: You get it out on paper and you have flushed your system out,” says James Campbell Quick, professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at The University of Texas at Arlington. “Plus, when you go back and look at it you may realize that some of what you’re thinking and feeling is a little off reality.”
  Listing out exactly what’s bothering allows you to “weigh the evidence and examine the facts that are underneath10 the feelings,” Meyers says. He recommends also writing down plans to address each of the stressful situations, because this can help “people reappraise the scope and scale of the stresses that they’re looking at over the next several days.”
  In a world of 24/7 connectivity, there’s almost always an option to check in at work — and that means nine-to-five, five-days-a-week jobs are often a relic11 of the past. It can be easy to allow the stresses of workweek to seep12 into your precious time off and tempting13 to use Sunday as a chance to get a jumpstart on the week. But, as much as you can, it’s important to spend time unplugged, even if you can only manage a few hours.
  Disconnecting on the weekends can allow you the time you need to recharge your batteries after a stressful week, says Joanie Ruge, senior vice14 president at the career site Monster.com, which conducted the Sunday Night Blues survey. It might seem counterintuitive, but taking some time off will allow you to be even more productive when you get back to the grind.
  4.Schedule something to look forward to.
  ”We shouldn’t save all of our fun times for the weekend,” Meyers says. Strategically setting up little things to look forward to throughout the upcoming week, and even the following weekend, can help to soothe15 some of your Sunday-evening dread.
  These activities don’t need to be elaborate (think: watching a TV show, making a phone date with a friend or going out to dinner). “Any of these are small enough to be feasible for workweek activities but large enough to make you feel excited or hopeful,” Meyers says. Yup, DVR-ing DWTS totally counts.
  5.Set yourself up for success.
  Sometimes Sunday night is too late to think about the Sunday Night Blues. Next week, try setting aside some time on Friday afternoon to prepare for Monday, getting things organized so you have less to feel stressed about over the weekend. “Take some time to plan, even if that means you don’t dash for the door at 5 p.m. on a Friday,” Ruge says. “It actually will help you have a much better and more enjoyable weekend.”
1 reprieve   [rɪˈpri:v]      
He was saved from the gallows by a lastminute reprieve.最后一刻的缓刑令把他从绞架上解救了下来。
The railway line, due for closure, has been granted a six-month reprieve.本应停运的铁路线获准多运行6 个月。
2 looming  ['lu:mɪŋ]   
n.上现蜃景(光通过低层大气发生异常折射形成的一种海市蜃楼)v.隐约出现,阴森地逼近( loom的现在分词 );隐约出现,阴森地逼近
The foothills were looming ahead through the haze. 丘陵地带透过薄雾朦胧地出现在眼前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
Then they looked up. Looming above them was Mount Proteome. 接着他们往上看,在其上隐约看到的是蛋白质组山。 来自英汉非文学 – 生命科学 – 回顾与展望
3 blues   [blu:z]      
She was in the back of a smoky bar singing the blues.她在烟雾弥漫的酒吧深处唱着布鲁斯歌曲。
He was in the blues on account of his failure in business.他因事业失败而意志消沉。
4 psychology  [saɪˈkɒlədʒi]     
She has a background in child psychology.她受过儿童心理学的教育。
He studied philosophy and psychology at Cambridge.他在剑桥大学学习哲学和心理学。
5 dread [dred]   
We all dread to think what will happen if the company closes.我们都不敢去想一旦公司关门我们该怎么办。
Her heart was relieved of its blankest dread.她极度恐惧的心理消除了。
6 misnomer   [ˌmɪsˈnəʊmə(r)]     
Herbal”tea”is something of a misnomer because these drinks contain no tea at all.花草“茶”是一个误称,因为这类饮料里面根本不含茶。
Actually,” Underground “is a misnomer,because more than half the shops are above ground.实际上,“ 地下 ” 这个名称用之不当,因为半数以上的店铺是在地面上的。
7 squelch   [skweltʃ]     
The President wants to squelch any perception that the meeting is an attempt to negotiate.总统想要消除任何视本次会议为谈判尝试的看法。
You cannot squelch wanting.你不能压制要求。
8 impending  [ɪmˈpendɪŋ]     
a.imminent, about to come or happen
Against a background of impending famine, heavy fighting took place. 即将发生饥荒之时,严重的战乱爆发了。
The king convoke parliament to cope with the impending danger. 国王召开国会以应付迫近眉睫的危险。
9 doom   [du:m]    
The report on our economic situation is full of doom and gloom.这份关于我们经济状况的报告充满了令人绝望和沮丧的调子。
The dictator met his doom after ten years of rule.独裁者统治了十年终于完蛋了。
10 underneath   [ˌʌndəˈni:θ]     
Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
11 relic   [ˈrelɪk]      
This stone axe is a relic of ancient times.这石斧是古代的遗物。
He found himself thinking of the man as a relic from the past.他把这个男人看成是过去时代的人物。
12 seep   [si:p]     
My anger began to seep away.我的怒火开始消下去了。
If meteoric water does not evaporate or run overland,it may seep directly into the ground.如果雨水不从陆地蒸发和流走的话,就可能直接渗入地下。
13 tempting   [ˈtemptɪŋ]      
a.诱人的, 吸引人的
It is tempting to idealize the past. 人都爱把过去的日子说得那么美好。
It was a tempting offer. 这是个诱人的提议。
14 vice  [vaɪs]    
He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
15 soothe   [su:ð]     
I’ve managed to soothe him down a bit.我想方设法使他平静了一点。
This medicine should soothe your sore throat.这种药会减轻你的喉痛。

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