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Here’s how to combat the Sunday Scaries

If you sometimes feel anxious, sad or nervous on Sunday night before the work week begins, you’re not alone.

70 to 80 percent of people have reported similar experiences that many have now coined the “Sunday Scaries”.

“It’s just that feeling of ‘wow, the weekend went by really fast, and I don’t feel at all rested,” said Nathan Meskinoff, Director of Spiritual Care at UCHealth Memorial Hospital.

It’s a phenomenon called “anticipatory stress”, a feeling that causes anxiety, sleep deprivation and even panic attacks.

Mesnikoff said there are a few things you can do to combat the Sunday Scaries.

1. Turn off screebs at least one hour before going to bed.

2. Plan time to rest during your week.

3. Make sure to set time aside during your weekend to take an actual rest.

4. Make time with friends and family.

5. Disconnect from work. Often times we are expected to be working 24 hours a day, even when we aren’t physically at work. Make sure that you unplug when you aren’t there.

6. Try actively meditating before bed to clear your mind.

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