“The ‘Sunday Scaries’ Are Real,” declared NBC News in 2017. They must be. Both dictionary.com and urbandictionary.com tout definitions, something along the lines of: the feeling one gets on a Sunday when pondering week-ahead work, family and friend obligations and expectations.
And then there is the official sunday-scaries.com — home of Will deFries’ The Sunday Scaries Podcast — which points to potential causes for the anxiety as:
– “I drank too much” (overimbibing during a weekend)
– “Work is going to suck this week” (dread of continuing uninteresting, unfulfilling work)
– “Does anyone still like me? (feelings of insecurity in work and personal relationships)
In 2015, a Monster global poll found that 76 percent of United States respondents who revealed they had Sunday Scaries touted them as “really bad.” One of the global job-match company’s main tips for shunning Sunday stress is to take at least 15 minutes at the end of a work week to sort and prioritize tasks, organize the workspace and build a to-do list for Monday. Another is: “Think about what specifically causes your Sunday night blues, identify the triggers, and work on ways to prevent or remove those stressors.”
The NBC News report reminded viewers of basic health and lifestyle tenets, including:
– Get enough sleep.
– Take a true break from work and technology over weekends.
– Wind down with a yoga class — or other exercise — on Sunday afternoons or evenings.
While sunday-scaries.com acknowledges no known concrete cure, it does offer a scenario to distract from Sunday Scaries: “Pour a cup of coffee or a lemon water, put on an oversized long-sleeved T-shirt, find a romantic comedy on your Apple TV and settle in.”