Have you ever heard of the “Sunday Scaries?” The term refers to a collection of emotions that range from mild dread to full blown anxiety about the week ahead. Most people experience these in one form or another. Of course, the “Sunday Scaries” do not have to happen on a Sunday, as the work week varies from one job to another. In addition, this feeling of foreboding is common any time we anticipate returning to a situation that could be challenging, such as heading back to campus in the fall, going back to work after maternity leave, etc. For some, the “Sunday Scaries” are potent enough to steal the joy from a day or period that should otherwise be restful. What can be done to cope when these feelings creep in?
The answer is a combination of being awareness, planning, and mindful relaxing.
Here are six things you can try this weekend to maximize both the pleasure of your downtime and your productivity in the week ahead.
Have you ever experienced the “Sunday Scaries?” What helps you keep them at bay so you can fully enjoy your time off?