Sunday night is the worst. You’ve spent all weekend working, and you still have so much to do. It’s inevitable that you’ll feel overwhelmed and stressed out but there are ways to minimize the negative effects of Sunday night blues. Here are some simple tricks that can help you get through this stressful time.
Stop calling them the “Sunday Scaries”
The first thing to keep in mind is that if you’re calling it “the Sunday Scaries” you’re probably not being very sensitive to people who don’t have anxiety. This can be offensive to people who do have anxiety, of course, but it’s also totally fine to be a person without anxiety and find the phrase offensive. It is possible for those words to make you feel like there’s something wrong with your brain and unfortunately, many people with mental health issues still face stigma from others. Even if these terms are used out of ignorance rather than malice, they can still cause hurt feelings among those who are sensitive about their mental state. And finally: if someone doesn’t have any kind of mental illness at all? They may still find the term off-putting because it seems inappropriate for anyone else to use this kind of language when talking about themselves or their loved ones.
Remember your accomplishments.
It might seem like a simple task to remember all the good things, but it’s often easier said than done. You may not have time in the morning to sit down and reflect on what you’ve accomplished since last week, especially when you’re rushing around trying to get out of the house on time. But if you can spare one minute of your day, try remembering all the things that are bringing joy into your life right now.
Set aside time to do something that isn’t work related on Sunday afternoon or evening.
Set aside time to do something that isn’t work-related on Sunday afternoon or evening. If you’re not working and you’re at home, it can be tempting to spend every waking moment working. This is especially true if you’re a freelancer or entrepreneur who doesn’t necessarily have set office hours. But even if your schedule allows for it, spending the entire day focused on work may not be a good idea for your mental health.
One way to avoid this problem is by setting aside some time to do something completely different something that’s fun and engaging in its own right but not related to any kind of work activity whatsoever. You could read a book or watch TV; spend time with friends or family; go running; take up a hobby like painting or knitting; play video games the list goes on! The point is simply that taking an hour out of the day where there’s no pressure makes all the difference when it comes to avoiding burnout and being able to focus later on tasks that really need your attention. It also helps make Monday mornings seem less stressful because they’ll come after an enjoyable weekend rather than one spent worrying about whether everything has been accomplished efficiently enough during the past 48 hours.
Rename the experience and focus on what you’ve accomplished rather than what’s left to do.
To counteract the Sunday Scaries, try this simple trick: rename the experience. Instead of calling it “Sunday,” call it “Saturday.” It’s true! You’ve already accomplished so much by getting through Saturday and making it to Sunday. And now you’re half-way to Monday. All that’s left is another day filled with productivity and accomplishment and then, you can rest on Tuesday.
Instead of focusing on what you have left to do, focus on what you’ve already done and give yourself credit where credit is due. Maybe everything isn’t finished yet, but there’s still plenty to be proud of in your accomplishments thus far.