‘Sunday Scaries’ are a real thing, and they’re growing in Cleveland

Posted at 7:33 AM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 18:15:29-04

CLEVELAND — Do you ever feel like your weekend is cut short because about halfway through Sunday you begin to have a growing feeling of anxiety? Well, you’re not alone.

A new study, conducted by the Robert Half Professional Staffing Agency, shows that 39% of people throughout the country feel that anxiety, and 44% in Cleveland.

There are a couple of reasons why your Sunday night is turning into your Monday morning.

The first and biggest reason for Sunday Scaries is a heavy workload. About 55% of the respondents felt like their workload was too big, creating stress.

“It’s hard to admit that you can’t handle something, at least it is for me, but it’s OK,” said Alan Reisinger with Robert Half. “I think a lot of people find that they talk to their supervisor and their supervisor tends to be a lot more understanding than they think.”

Other reasons include not getting along with coworkers, disliking your boss and, simply, not liking your job.

Reisinger said there are ways to alleviate that anxiety and it’s as easy as having an honest conversation, either, with yourself or the people at work.

“A lot of times you almost dread having the discussion more than the discussion itself, and after the discussion you think to yourself ‘Oh my gosh why didn’t I do this months ago?’”

It’s important for managers to recognize that ‘Sunday Scaries’ are a real issue. They can help alleviate it by just checking in with the people who work under them.

“Ask them what their level of stress is, their workload, their relationship with you as a supervisor, their relationship with their coworkers,” said Reisinger. “A lot of times if you ask that question people will open up to you whereas they may not open up to you on their own.”

Another easy fix- unplug. Turn off your phones or, at the very least, put them away when you are away from work. It will help you live more in the moment and decrease the stress level.