How To Control the Sunday Scaries!
Whether you are wrapping up the greatest weekend ever or a weekend spent doing laundry, Sunday night is when thoughts typically turn to the workweek ahead. Unfortunately, many people become filled with apprehension at the idea of walking in on Monday morning.
If this sounds familiar, you should know you’re not alone. Getting the ‘Sunday Scaries’ is quite common, according to a recent survey by LinkedIn. Four out of five respondents in that survey admitted to getting the Sunday Scaries. Sunday night anxiety was also found to be much more prevalent among younger workers, with more than 90 percent of Millennials saying they get it. Meanwhile, just 69 percent of Baby Boomers reported getting the Sunday Scaries.
The survey also looked into the causes behind this anxiety. Workload was the top reason given, with 60 percent saying that was the cause of their anxiety. Other top reasons were managing work-life balance (44 percent) and taking care of work from the previous week (39 percent).
If you’re regularly battling the Sunday Scaries, you should know that there are effective strategies to combating them. Read more:
Take Pride in Your Work
Sundays are a good day to remind yourself of all you’ve achieved and why your got into your line of work in the first place. Take time to think about your latest big achievement, something you’ve learned lately, where you want your career to go in the near future and what aspect of your job gets you most excited.
When you allow yourself to take a bit of pride, the week ahead doesn’t seem so daunting.
Social media gets a lot of criticism for dividing people, but platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn are great places if you want to reach out and get support. When people post about relatable stresses in their life, like getting the Sunday Scaries, people typically come out of the digital woodwork to offer their support in the comments section. You can also feel the love and support online by giving it to others in your network.
Our anxieties are often fueled by a feeling of helplessness. Fortunately, when it comes to the Sunday Scaries, you aren’t completely helpless.
If you start to feel apprehensive about Monday morning, grab a pen and organize your thoughts. If possible, make a to-do list with prioritized items so you can hit the ground running. Makes phone calls, send emails or send texts that can help you get a jump on the workweek.
Taking action like this not only helps you from a practical standpoint, it also helps you gain a sense of control and suppress any sense of helplessness.
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