Sunday Afternoon Syndrome

For some time I have had a theory about something I refer to as Sunday Afternoon Syndrome (SAS). Here is the scenario. It is Friday morning. You have a spring in your step. The weekend is one day away. You go to work and count down the hours until 5.00pm and then leave on the hour. Your weekend starts. Friday evening goes well, having a night in with a takeaway, finished by watching Jonathan Ross.

On Saturday morning, you treat yourself to a lie in, and are surprised that your children do the same – wishful thinking I know. You get up and begin the normal Saturday routine of housework, shopping and getting things done. On Saturday evening you go out for a meal with some friends. It’s a great night. So far, so good. Sunday morning comes and you wash the car, do more housework, go to church or catch up with work you weren’t able to do at the office. Later on you cook a sumptuous Sunday roast. The family tuck in and catch up around the dinner table. Then you load up the dish washer (or hopefully someone else does) and you finally sit down with a glass of wine.

After a short rest and watching a bit of TV, you go to the kitchen to top up your wine. On your way out from the kitchen, you glance up and see the clock. Its 4.17pm. Suddenly, it hits you. Your world falls apart. Your stomach starts to churn. You realise that you have a few hours to go before bed and waking up on Monday again. You begin to feel depressed.

The reason your stomach starts to churn is because you think about the colleague/s you are in conflict with and have to face yet again on Monday morning. You are also likely to have a similar feeling if you are in a job you are not cut out for, are overloaded, or working for or with a bully.

This is what I describe as Sunday Afternoon Syndrome. I’ve been there. It’s not pleasant.

If you have read this and got all hot under the collar because I’ve touched a nerve, try and do something about it. Phone a friend, have a discussion with trusted colleague at the office or engage someone to help you begin the process of getting things back on track.

By the way, if the term (SAS) ever gets widely used in this context, remember where you saw it first.