5 Real Ways to Beat the Sunday Scaries

Smonday: The moment Sunday stops feeling like the weekend and the anxiety of Monday kicks in.

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We've all been there. The 5 p.m. Sunday shudder that comes with knowing you have a full week of work ahead of you and you're leaving the weekend behind. Whatever you call it—Sunday blues, Sunday scaries, straight-up depression—78 percent of adults feel it (opens in new tab). Here, how to beat it.

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1. Reverse Your Saturday/Sunday

Ah, Sunday evening. When you try to cram a full weekend of errands/to-dos into about two hours. Avoid the woe and switch your Sunday and Saturday routines—run the bulk of your errands, do the cleaning and laundry, and prep your meals on Saturday, then make some fun or relaxing plans for Sunday. You'll feel better heading into Monday, guaranteed.

2. Avoid Monday Dread by Not Making Your Monday Dreadful

Don't make Mondays worse than they have to be. Translation? If you can avoid it, skip scheduling Monday a.m. meetings. Save yourself the heartache.

3. Get Out of the House

A Netflix binge is great and all, but sometimes it can feel like a countdown to impending doom. Get outside, go for a walk, do some yoga, enjoy a picnic lunch with friends (opens in new tab), or do some window shopping to get out of the Sunday funk.

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4. R-E-L-A-X

Create an oasis—take a bath, read, and don't stare at a screen before bed. Meditate. Breathe. Just, you know, be a human for a bit.

5. If All Else Fails, #SundayFunday

Ice cream and wine (opens in new tab), any questions?

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Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.