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Get a Handle on Those Sunday Night Blues

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Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

Sunday nights are hard for lots of us. For one thing, they stir up old feelings from schooldays - long after we leave the education system, our bodies and psyches bring up childhood fears about unfinished homework and tests we’re not prepared for.
— F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.

There's nothing like a great Sunday to make you dread going back to work Monday. There's actually a name for it: the Sunday Night Blues. For some people, they spend the whole weekend worrying about all the work that wasn't finished last week and then add to their anxiety and dread by worrying about the week ahead. A poll by Monster.com found that 81 percent of Americans said they experience the Sunday Night Blues and 59 percent said they get them “really bad.”

Here's what the experts say you can do to help combat those oh-so-icky-feelings:

For those who dread returning to a hectic schedule on Mondays, besides mapping out the week ahead of time it can help ease anxiety to make a plan for a pleasant distracting activity on Sunday night.
— Dr. Andrea Ettingoff
Strategically set up little things to look forward to throughout the upcoming week, and even the following weekend, to help to soothe some of your Sunday-evening dread.
— Dr. Steven Meyers
Take some time to plan, even if that means you don’t dash for the door at 5 p.m. on a Friday. It actually will help you have a much better and more enjoyable weekend.
— Joanie Ruge, SVP Monster.com
Feelings of anxiety and depression are most common when the person is not particularly busy so enjoyable activities that redirect your attention are especially important. Spending time with others, doing things that you find fun, exercising [and] devoting time to hobbies are all good ways to keep busy so that dread doesn’t creep into your mind.
— Dr. Steven Myers