For school students everywhere, the weekends are a time to blow off steam that has built up over the past week and to let go a little bit.
A lot of the time that includes going out and drinking with some of your friends and draining any last bit of energy you have left in your body. And it's great, it is what students do all around the world, every week like clockwork. But then Sunday comes around. You wake up and realize you have a whole new week ahead of you with work you are dreading doing.
This is known as the "Sunday scaries."
While most of the time it is just a little bit of dread about going back to work, what happens when it feels like more than that? What happens when it passes Sunday and you still feel like you are stuck with the Sunday scaries?
Within my first weeks of being at school, I realized that I take the Sunday scaries to a whole other level. Not only did I find myself laying in bed dreading facing the next week, but I felt as though I had no energy to go back to doing work at all. I felt really down on myself and all I wanted to do was hide in bed from the rest of the big bustling world.
I asked myself, "Why do I feel like this?"
I just had a great weekend of partying and relaxing with my friends, and now I find myself from being at the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. It felt like I wasn't ever going to get out of this funk.
Soon enough it was Wednesday and I still felt painfully sad and worn out and basically decided that I never wanted to go out again because of how I felt after the past weekend. I began to be desperate to get out of this funk, not just because of how I felt, but how I acted. I found myself more harsh and grumpy than usual and secluded myself from everyone. All I wanted to do was go home.
I woke up Thursday morning with a whole new attitude. My productivity was high and I couldn't wait to go out for thirsty Thursday, even though in the previous days I had sworn off ever going out and having a good time again. I passed off all these feelings as hormones and went on with having another good weekend. That was until a few more weeks passed and again I found myself feeling down yet again.
Through this, I had to learn ways to get my energy and positivity back up again. When this happens, I try to take some stress off myself. While this can be hard to do while in school, there are small things you can do for yourself to revive your emotions.
Try planning out your week better so you can fit in a nap or time to watch a movie or your favorite tv show. Try working out to get your energy back up, and it will help you feel more productive about your week.
If you need to be alone, be alone. But don't seclude yourself from your friends when they are just trying to cheer you up. Finally, remember that these feelings are normal to have. Everyone gets the Sunday scaries sometimes, but it takes everyone different times to get over it.