I’m fortunate to not have to work Mondays anymore, but when I was full time in the corporate world, I always hated Sundays knowing that my freedom was coming to an end, even when I had a job that I absolutely loved. I have talked to so many people, even those high up the ladder who said they experience this. One co-worker even called it the “Sunday Scaries”, which made me laugh because I have never heard that before.
And, not to alarm anyone, but Monday mornings are the highest incidence of heart attacks. This is crazy!
I’m doing some research on this topic and my thoughts about this phenomenon is that as “primal” beings, we evolved only “working” about 15 hours a week to meet our basic physiological needs which includes finding food and water and building shelters. Additionally this time spent “working” gave us the physical exercise and movement that we needed, in addition to plenty of sunshine, fresh air and connection to nature, without a boss (or tribal head) breathing down our necks.
The remainder of the time then was spent playing with our children, expressing creativity through art and music, and exploring, experimenting, innovating, inventing and pondering.
And most importantly, we were free. No cubicles, no schedules, no golden handcuffs. We focused on outcome, not output.
So, my questions are:
1. Do you get the Sunday dreads, or not?
2. Do you have any ideas for someone to reduce this feeling until they can achieve more financial and career flexibility?
3. Do you have a different theory for why we get the Sunday dreads?
Bonus question: To those who are FIREd, or self employed (like bloggers!) do you still experience this feeling or has it gone away completely?
Links to articles and videos are very much appreciated!