If you’ve never heard of them, Sunday Scaries are the anxiety that sits in on Sunday nights, with the impending return to the office, school, or work. If you have any sort of responsibility in your life that occurs between regular business hours on Monday through Friday, you’ve probably experienced these at least one point in your life. I started experiencing the Sunday Scaries in high school, but I didn’t have a name for them at that time. They are still going strong in my adult life, and while I haven’t found a cure, I have found a way to deal with them and make them a little less painful then what they could be.
1. Establish a Routine
Having a routine for Sunday afternoons/evenings has been a God send for me. I don’t have a routine that I follow down to the nitty gritty, but rather “soft guidelines”. I will typically workout if I’m in town, wash my sheets, clean up(ish) the living area/kitchen/my bedroom, and just organize my living area and my week ahead. This doesn’t sound like very much, but my having some sort of routine that I follow, it helps me get into the right mental space to tackle my week, and to go into it with a “let’s get it going” attitude rather than a “I wish the weekend were longer” one.
2. Do Weekend Stuff that Isn’t (Entirely) About Hitting the Bars
I am always down for a good time. However, when I spend my Friday and Saturday nights at the bar until 2:00am, all I’m left with is anxiety, regret, and no money left in my wallet. After all that activity, I spend my Sunday on my couch, getting nothing done I need to, and I do not wake up on Monday morning ready to take on the week. Now everyone is different obviously, but I’ve found that if I spend my weekend doing things that don’t guarantee a hangover on Saturday/Sunday morning, my weekends feel like they go by a lot slower and last longer. Working out, exploring downtown, or hanging out by the pool with my friends are some of my favorite things to do, and they give me fun memories to reflect on when the Sunday Scaries to start to creep up.
3. TREAT YO SELF
SPA DAY SUNDAY. ‘Nuff said there. Take a nice long, hot shower or bath, put on a fabulous hotel robe, and go for it. I’m talking face masks, ice rolling, painting your nails, the whole enchilada. Doing things that make me feel good (and obviously help me look good) help me relax on Sunday and prepare to take on the week. You’d be surprised at how much stress and anxiety a good face mask can reduce.
4. Reflect on How Fortunate you are to have Sunday Scaries
Personally, I get Sunday Scaries due to having to go into the office the next day. Before that, they were caused by knowing I had a long week of college classes and projects ahead of me. When I think about it, I’m lucky to be in a situation to be a little anxious about the upcoming week at work. That just means I have a job I’m fortunate enough to have and to care about, along with a team of people that I love to work with. The Sunday Scaries are annoying to have, but they just mean you’re in a situation where you’re fortunate to have somewhere to get up and go to on a Monday morning. Some people out there aren’t so lucky.
What are some ways you try to beat the Sunday Scaries? Anything I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!