How to Beat the Sunday Scaries, According to 6 Successful Women

Sacha Strebe

It creeps up on you slowly… You'll be minding your own business, enjoying a leisurely lunch, cuddling up on the sofa, or reading your favorite book on a sunlit bench when that feeling of dread starts to wash over you. There's no rationale or external reason for the mild knotting of your stomach, tightness in your chest, and shallow breathing, but that doesn't make it any less real. Unfortunately this reaction isn't uncommon. In fact, it's so frequently felt it even has its own name: the Sunday scaries, also known as the Sunday blues.

Even if you're not familiar with the term, you will be with the looming anxiety that occurs internally on a Sunday night when you realize the weekend is almost over and Monday's mega to-do list beckons. And you're not alone. According to a Monster.com poll, 78% experienced Sunday night anxiety, with 47% rating their Sunday scaries as "really bad." And if you thought that was dire, another study published in PLoS One found Sundays were the number one day of the week for panic attacks. So how does one manage this stress on our traditional day of rest? To find out, we asked six successful women with thriving careers how they ward off the Sunday scaries.

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