Do you just hate Mondays? Does the idea of having to go to work, school, or hop back into your normal routines make you cringe? Though everyone would love it if they could spend their days lounging around, partying, and whatever else they do on the weekends, it really is impossible. You know what you have to do, what needs to be done, but you still dread it.
Common Reaction or Something More?
There’s nothing wrong with wishing you didn’t have to go to work on Monday or being a bit upset about school the next morning, but if these feelings are all-consuming on Sundays, this could be an issue. Sunday Scaries are a situational form of anxiety in which a person becomes so consumed with the dread and angst of the week ahead that their emotions and behavior change. They might have trouble sleeping, eating, or even become depressed at what tomorrow may bring.
What to Do About it?
If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms listed above it is very possible that you’re suffering from Sunday Scaries. While general or other forms of ongoing anxiety need to be addressed and treated by your doctor, there are some effective ways to reduce the tension and change your outlook on the rest of the week.
- Sleep in – Monday thru Friday you’re on a set schedule that often requires you to wake up at a certain time. On Sunday, you can do your mind and body some good by sleeping in. The more relaxed you are, the better off you’ll feel during the work week.
- Plan Your Outfits – To reduce some of the stress throughout the week it’s a good idea to plan your outfits. Decide what you’ll wear down to the underwear, accessories, and shoes. Wash, iron, and hang everything up so that you can reduce the amount of time you spend on it throughout the week.
- Plan Your Meals – Meal prep is another way to reduce wasted time and stress during the work week. Get your week off on the right foot by planning ahead. Choose your recipes, go grocery shopping (if necessary), and then clean, season, chop, or slice ingredients for easier cooking.
- Clean Up the House – Cleaning is likely the last thing you want to do on a Sunday, but it has been proven to be a great way to remove the clutter in your mind. When your home is organized you can easily find what you need and move throughout the week without too much issue.
- Spend Time with Family – Now that you’ve taken care of business you can take some time to spend with the ones you love. Whether you watch movies, play video games, or enjoy a nice dinner with your children, it’s a nice way to unwind and refocus on why it is you work so hard during the week.
- You Time – The last thing left to do to get your week off to a good start is to focus on you. Self-care is really important and can change your entire mood. Take a nice long bath, read a book, meditate, or watch something that brings you joy.
There’s likely no person who completely enjoys the weekend coming to a close and the weekday starting, but it’s an inevitable occurrence. The best way to reduce your anxieties and change your outlook is to start your week off right. Take the time you have on sunday to get prepared and then spend time with family and indulge in some you time. That with a great morning routine will at least make Mondays and every day thereafter a bit easier to get through.