When you were a kid, did you dream of the days of being an adult with unlimited freedom? Only to grow up and realize that freedom was reserved for evenings and weekends only. What a rip off!
Sundays are supposed to be a day to relax and catch up. “Easy like a Sunday morning,” in the words of Lionel Richie. For many, that feeling of bliss and peacefulness begins to fade during the afternoon and evening hours, only to be replaced by anxiety and fear. Over 80% of Americans experience a concept known as the ‘Sunday Scaries’ (1). That is the feeling of anxiety and dread on Sundays in anticipation of the work or school week ahead.
“The Scaries” can occur routinely every Sunday and may even present with physical symptoms such as; a racing heart, upset stomach, trouble sleeping and more (2). The Sunday Scaries can be caused by a stressful job, a busy schedule or a struggle to stay organized and balanced with work and family life (3). Although the symptoms present the same as anxiety and depression, it does not necessarily mean you are living with an anxiety disorder or depression (2). With a little preparation and mindful practice you can say goodbye to the Sunday Scaries once and for all.