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The Sunday scaries 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.
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Treating yourself well on Sunday can help you feel better about Monday. You can try:
Hating Monday is practically an international pastime. There’s a bit of a collective conscience that Mondays suck.
Social media also perpetuates the idea that Mondays are a drag. Over time, we internalize this narrative, and we miscalculate the negative effects of a new week.
Just as social media can ramp up the Sunday scaries, 24/7 connectivity can increase anxiety.
Shut off your phone, don’t check your email, and stop scrolling through social media.
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 w...
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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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. Mondays are psychologically hard because we dread to ‘fall in line’ even if we don’t want to.
Monday, the day office working people dread, may not be that bad.
Monday is a fresh start, a clean slate after the weekend. Our brains are better primed to make decisions on Monday.
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