3 tips for beating the Sunday Scaries

It’s 5pm on Sunday, the fun and freedom of the weekend is slowly fading and the dread of the week ahead begins to settle in. Most of the time, you can’t even really put your finger on what it is you’re dreading about the week ahead. Missed deadlines? Super long to do list? Final week til payday? Whatever the cause, that dread is most certainly present. And you’re not alone, almost two thirds of us (65%) go to bed on Sunday night dreading returning to our place of work - workinmind. 

It doesn’t seem right to continue living for the weekend and struggling in the week. So, we’ve identified 3 of our biggest Sunday stresses and what you can try to make those Sunday Blues not seem so bad afterall. 

Stressing about where to find the time for your long to do list?

  1. Long to do list. Picking up actions from the week before.

Reframe your Friday. A 4pm finish on a Friday may seem like the dream after a long week, but instead of closing that laptop as soon as it flicks from 3.59 pm and reaching for a bev, use that early finish as an opportunity to get prepped for the week ahead, tie up any loose ends and sort through that inbox.

No matter how hard you try, you can’t help but feel deflated when Sunday evening hits?

  1. Schedule in a fun activity.

Let’s drop the idea of Friday & Saturday being the fun filled days of the weekend and neglecting Sunday as a day to get everything done, which realistically, isn’t going to happen. Instead spread any actions across the weekend and plan a wholesome activity for Sunday evening to keep your mind from wandering off into an abyss of anxiety. 

Sunday blues intensified by the dread of a broken sleep? 

  1. Make an effort to truly wind down before bed.

Tossing and turning with thoughts racing is a horrible feeling, but let me tell you what’s worse. The feeling of Monday morning after a broken sleep. Get some exercise in, tire yourself out, make a worry list, meditate, take a long hot bath. Take steps towards a good night's sleep to get you ready for the week ahead.

Now, we’re not saying that we have all the answers to curing your Sunday night anxiety, but hopefully these tips will encourage you to see Sunday as a day of reflection on the great weekend you’ve just had. 

Date: 28 October 2021

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