There's a line in Haruki Murakami's sprawling novel, , that encapsulates the subtle dread many people feel as the weekend wraps up: "Time flows in strange ways on Sundays," he writes, "and sights become mysteriously distorted." From worry to being overwhelmed to straight-up sadness, these "distortions" are more commonly known as the "Sunday scaries."
Hating Monday is practically an international pastime. There’s a bit of a collective conscience that Mondays suck.
Social media the idea that Mondays are a drag. Over time, we internalize this narrative, and we miscalculate the negative effects of a new week.
The Sunday are a form of “anticipatory anxiety,” that's why concerns might creep in as you consider the upcoming week.
Worrying about future events is human nature. But prolonged anxiety can lead to chronic stress, which increases your risk of health problems, including depression, heart disease, digestive problems, sleep issues, and more.
Treating yourself well on Sunday can help you feel better about Monday. You can try:
The flip side of anticipatory anxiety is looking forward to an upcoming event.
Whenever possible, schedule something uplifting on Monday, whether it’s a spin class or a coffee date. For added benefits, spend time with friends and family. Making social plans can extend those good weekend vibes into the workweek.
The Sunday blues often feature a mental script of regrets from the past week, like “I should have finished that report,” or worries about an upcoming meeting, presentation, or deadline.
Instead of dwelling, try identifying and challenging each negative thought.
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Sundays are a great day to get your errands out of the way, like grocery shopping. Also, take time for cooking meals, cleaning rooms, or dropping things off at different shops. You most likely don't have the time and energy to do these activities after work.
But don’t spend all of Sunday on these tasks. Even though they’re important, you still need some time to decompress.
Make sure you also do something you enjoy, like brunch with friends or spending time with your family.
This gives you something to look forward to during the week and it also helps you to disconnect.
Various studies have documented the Monday Blues, which essentially is an imposition on the working person, a loss of freedom coupled with the arrival of work-related stress.
Google searches for 'Diet', 'Gym' 'Quit smoking' and other common goals spike on a Monday.
On Monday we are slightly more self-aware and can envision the bigger picture of our ongoing lives.
The first of the month, or the year, and the first day of the week make us stop and think whether we are headed the right way in our lives.
It draws a line in our ongoing life, marking an opportunity for us to improve how we are at home and work.
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