Feeling blue: Anxiety about the working week ahead officially starts at 4.13pm on a Sunday, according to a poll
Anxiety about the working week ahead officially starts at 4.13pm on a Sunday, according to a poll.
Four out of ten adults admit that their Sunday is spent feeling anxious and full of dread.
The mild sense of depression begins half way through the afternoon and continues into the evening.
Some 44 per cent of us are jealous of our colleagues’ weekend escapades – not helped by the fact that 75 per cent of us don’t bother to leave the house on Sundays.
Claire Haigh, spokesman for Premier Inn, which conducted the study to launch their £19 room sale, said: 'Sundays should be a day to relax and enjoy the last of the weekend break but the results show that people are instead spending their Sundays thinking about work for the week ahead, so they are the most dreaded day of the week.
'The recent bank holidays have also been a great time for us all to enjoy a bit of extra time off work and visit family or even take a short break away, so it’s not surprising that our weekends now feel shorter.
'Getting the Sunday Blues is quite common so we would advise people to plan their weekends in advance so they can make the most of the Sunday and turn it into a day to look forward to.”
The study of 2,000 adults also found that 44 per cent of workers will go into work on a Monday, hear about everyone else’s plans and think theirs were boring in comparison.
But this might be because three quarters of people often don’t even bother leaving the house on a Sunday.
Forty-six per cent even admit to regularly going through the last day of the weekend without seeing or speaking to anyone else.
And nearly half of those polled reckon they would be less likely to get an attack of the blues on a Sunday if the evening was more exciting.
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A third of adults reckon their ideal Sunday would involve a day trip to somewhere new, while a quarter would like a nice roast dinner in a restaurant followed by a lazy stroll.
A fifth of people would love to extend their weekend socialising to a Sunday, making the most of friends, family and the children.
Instead, one in six people start dreading Monday morning by lunchtime on a Sunday, and spend the rest of the day miserable and depressed.
Ms Haigh continues: 'For many Brits Sundays are considered boring and many don’t even bother to leave their house, but it is important that people make the most of their weekends.
'Premier Inn know that Sunday’s are often the day for checking out after a great weekend, but with rooms available from as little as £19 it is easier for people to make their weekend’s last longer without tugging on the purse strings.
'But most people can’t take a mini break every weekend, so perhaps planning weekends in advance to balance chores with fun activities will help make Sunday’s more interesting.”
The survey also shows 22 per cent of Brits find Fridays the most stressful day of the weekend, and 37 per cent don’t enjoy a Friday even if they take the day off work.
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