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Sunday Night Anxiety

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I don’t like Sunday nights.

Around 5:00 or 6:00 I start to freak out about all the things I should have gotten done around the house. And then I freak out about the things coming up in the workweek. And I can’t help but wonder how the weekend went by so fast.

So I get super productive for about two or three hours – cleaning, doing laundry, paying bills, etc. I scurry around trying to get a week’s worth of chores done in a few hours, trying to make up for what feels like a lost weekend. Obviously, I have a hard time settling back down for bedtime because I’m still so anxious.

The rational me knows there’s no reason to feel this way. The world didn’t end because I didn’t mow the lawn. No one is keeping track of when I clean the house. It’s not likely Monday at work will be any different from the previous Mondays. But I haven’t been able to break the cycle. And I know so many others who have the same Sunday Night Anxiety (let’s go with SNA for short).

So why can’t we just dump the SNA? If we were happier with the Monday through Friday, would we still have SNA? Is it embedded in the American way of life?

I practice yoga and I read about being present and the rational me totally gets it. But putting it into practice is hard. And I don’t think I’ve found a way to make it click for me. Awareness is the first step though, right? Change can start now – with a little help from ativan.


About Roya

I live in Pittsburgh and work in non-profit marketing. I moved here in 2001 for graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University. I had no idea that I'd end up making this most-livable city my home for more than a decade. I love to travel. It's without a doubt my favorite thing to do. I want to see the world. I went through a phase in college where I wanted to be a documentary photographer but it was so unrealistic and impractical that I stuck with my teaching degree. (SIDE NOTE: I'm not a teacher. Go figure.) I'd love to say that I'm not materialistic but I like pretty things. And I like spending money on said pretty things. Retail therapy followed by buyer's remorse and returns is a constant cycle in my life. I'm okay with that. I'm very fortunate to have a wonderful family. They are loud, ridiculous and the kindest people you'll ever know. My friends are my family by choice and without them, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

4 responses »

  1. OMG – you captured SNA! I used to get it earlier and earlier during the day on Sundays when I worked at my last job. I think not liking my job had a lot to do with it. I never have SNA when I like where I work. Hang in there! Great to read your blog again!

  2. Boo for SNA! Yippee for a new post!
    I’ve rarely worked a traditional M-F schedule so I’ve largely escaped the SNA. But the nefarious bugger still crops up. Especially when guests are due. It’s best to stay out of my frenzied way when guests are due. When a friend’s parents visited from France, the PGA (Pending Guest Anxiety) exploded to include rearranging the furniture. Seriously. What is wrong with this picture?
    Even if it’s not technically SNA, perhaps there are those of us just prone to this kind of anxiety – organizational anxiety? errands anxiety? house anxiety? chores anxiety? What’s ativan?

    • Yeah, I think some of us are prone to it. But there’s got to be a better way to deal with it than just giving in – or rearranging furniture. Ativan is a prescription drug to help relieve anxiety.


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