Survey Finds the Sunday Blues Start Shortly After 4 p.m.

Don't let the Sunday blues ruin your weekend.

Gary Dudakby Gary Dudak

It’s mid-afternoon on Sunday and your mind is starting to switch gears. You’re no longer in blissful weekend mode, because you just realized that the weekend is almost over and you have a lot to worry about for the upcoming work week. The “Sunday blues,” as they are called, include feelings of depression, anxiety and dread, and start around 4:13 p.m. for the average person, according to The (U.K.) Telegraph.

Although the report is based on a hotel chain’s poll of 2,000 British adults, it is safe to say the results would be very similar in America. Combine this with the fact that many people polled also claim to be bored on the weekends, and you have a big ol’ blues bomb waiting to go off.

In order to counter this, psychologists suggest keeping a busy schedule, exercising and hanging out with other people on Sundays. Being that Sunday night is a great time for television shows, group viewings with friends could be a good option.

Other interesting stats from the survey were that nearly 75 percent of those polled said they often don’t leave their house on Sundays, 46 percent said they don’t talk to anyone on the phone, and 44 percent said they are jealous of their colleagues’ weekends. And a study in 2010 found that the recession has only made people’s fear of returning to work on Mondays even worse.