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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Lawyers and Anxiety, Part 3: The Sunday Night Blues
I remember when I was practicing law, Sunday nights were the hardest. Thinking about the coming work week would bring on my anxiety with a vengeance. It would start working its way through my neck muscles right around the time Mad Men started. I’d often get headaches from it. I would also feel particularly glum and hopeless on Sunday nights.
I didn’t realize that the Sunday Night Blues is a recognized psychological condition, but apparently it is. Here’s a nice article with tips on beating the symptoms.
I like some of the author’s suggestions (podcasts and bubble baths seem to work wonders for me). But I think Andrew Weil hits the nail on the head by emphasizing that if you cannot overcome the sadness you feel on Sunday nights, you might need to reevaluate what you are doing with your career and find work that’s better suited to your values. Wise words indeed.