I have seen the term “Sunday Scaries” floating around the internet for the past couple of years. Sunday Scaries has become a popular term for anticipatory anxiety that comes before a new work week, usually Sunday.
What even qualifies as the “Sunday Scaries”?
There are a few different experiences that fall under the category of Sunday Scaries. You might feel restless as your day off is coming to an end. You might even be irritable or feel a looming sense of dread. It can feel like you don’t want the day to end, or that you wish you could hit the reset button on the weekend. This can be happening because of a project you’ve been stressing out about, or not fitting all of your chores and errands into the weekend. Maybe you don’t feel like you managed your time off poorly, or you straight up don’t like your job.
So….what can we do to make Sunday Scaries less of a thing in our week to week?
Re-Assess Your Weekend Responsibilities.
Laundry, grocery shopping, paying bills, cleaning the house. We all have our little list of tasks in our head that we try to get done during our days off. Sometimes, the list can just be too long or unrealistic for the 1-2 days we have. Consider taking a couple of these errands and doing them here and there during the week. This may not be ideal for you, but you can find some plus sides to it. The grocery store might be empty, with more things in stock if you stop there after work, compared to the crazy busy weekends. Not having to stress over the bills on your day off could do wonders for your weekend.
Prioritize Self Care!
Set aside some time to do things that make you feel good. Book a massage for yourself (and a friend?), take a long bath, meditate. Self care is very subjective, whatever activities make you feel like you’re giving yourself some love and making you feel better is what you could be prioritizing on at least one of your days off. You’ll feel recharged and ready to take on anything that comes your way.
Designate a Day to Unplug and Relax
When your phone is right next to you most of the day, it can be hard for you to fully relax. You have all of your work e-mails, social media, and to-do lists at your fingertips and it can be tempting to check things. This can lead to stress you might have not wanted. If you can help it, try designating Sunday as your day to just relax. Try to turn your phone off or turn off notifications. Spend time with your family or friends, treat yourself to a nice dinner, enjoy a favorite hobby. Give yourself little things to look forward to on this day, and keep your mind busy so that the little pangs of dread are less frequent.
Make Monday a Little More Enjoyable!
Who says Monday has to be the worst day of the week? Maybe we just need to add a little something that will make your Monday a little better. Fit in your favorite fitness class after work, make yourself a special lunch, or have coffee with a friend. There are plenty of things you can consider that could make Mondays suck a little less. This can help you be not as anxious on the weekend.
Give Yourself Some Time to Identify Stressors
We’ve concluded we’re anxious, but what’s making us that way? Could it be a project at work you’re struggling with? Having to deal with somebody you don’t like? Try writing down specific things that are making you nervous for the week. Is there anything you can do to better the situation? Write it down or take care of it immediately. Nothing you can do about a particular thing? Try not to stress about it since you can’t control it at this time.
Consider Your Job
The stress you experience might even be from the fact that you simply don’t like your job. If you’ve tried everything you could to make the best of your situation and still absolutely dread going to work, it may be time to reconsider your current job. This is definitely not a possibility for everyone and should only be considered if you have the option. Sometimes changing industry, or changing companies within the same industry can make a huge difference in our overall happiness. Your job does take up a large percentage of your life. Don’t let it be the source of all your misery.
Try Stress-Reducing Remedies
You might not be able to make many changes to the structure of your week right now. That’s totally fine! If you’re still looking to get rid of some of that stress or anxiety you can give some natural remedies a try. We at LI LIVE absolutely love CBD for this. CBD is a legal, non-psychoactive form of cannabis that helps to quell anxiety. It comes in many forms, from oil to lozenges, gummy bears and bath bombs.
There are plenty of other remedies that can produce similar calming effects. Others we love include l-theanine and 5-HTP, which can be found in capsule form and help the body produce serotonin for better mood. We also enjoy teas that have things like lavender and chamomile in them