What Are "Sunday Scaries" And How To Stop Them From Ruining Your Weekend

November 2, 2018

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It's no surprise that in a recent survey, 80% of workplace professionals experience stress and anxiety that builds up on Sunday nights before the return of the work week, also known as the “Sunday Scaries.” Sundays can be especially stressful for a number of reasons: 60% of professionals blame worrying about their workload; 44% say it’s because of balancing professional and personal to-do’s; and 39% dwell on tasks they didn’t finish the week before that pile up as the top causes of anxiety. And it’s a reoccurring sense of dread with more than 1 in 3 professionals said they feel the Sunday Scaries every week. Psychologists say the “Sunday scaries” may actually cause stress that can make you sick. So here are some ways to overcome your "Sunday scaries." You are what you eat, and snacking on healthy foods Sunday night before a big work week can help you destress. There are specific foods that lower anxiety: like dark chocolate, which is high in antioxidants; and nuts like almonds, cashews and walnuts, which are loaded in vitamin B, that helps fight stress. Rethink your routine. Doing the same thing each week can get old quick, so it’s important to create something to look forward to like an upcoming weekend trip or scheduling a happy hour with a friend. Plan to wear a favorite outfit, or just making lunch plans or doing a new workout can change up the routine. Detox from social media. There have been a number of studies done on the negative effects that social media can have on mental health, such as causing feelings of isolation, loneliness, low self-worth and anxiety. Go to sleep and get the standard eight hours of shut eye. Have a “To Do” list and don’t book meetings. Making a game plan can help you physically check off all of the things you need to do come Monday morning. Know what you’re going to do first, second and third. Try not to let people distract you, or get in the way. Avoid planning meetings on Monday. Once you get that first task done, it feels better.

SOURCE: Moneyish

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