The ‘Sunday Scaries’ Are Way Milder for People Who Live Here

One survey even honed in on the exact time on Sunday when many Americans start to feel dread about Monday. Here's what we should learn from less worried parts of the world.

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Tricia Wolanin, PsyD, an American psychologist living in France

Meagan Turner, an associate professional counselor in Georgia

Lindsey Konchar, a licensed graduate social worker

Adam Goulston, PsyD, MBA, and organizational psychology scholar


SWNS: "Study: Majority of Americans come down with a case of the 'Sunday scaries' every week"

Forbes: "Sunday Scaries: Anxiety Of Facing Another Work Week"

World Economic Forum: "These countries have the best work-life balance"

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: "Countries With the Worst Work-Life Balance"

US Travel Association: "Paid Time Off Trends in the US"

Euronews: "Four-day week: Which countries have embraced it and how's it going so far?"


Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics: "The effect of SMS notifications on time preferences"

Leslie Finlay, MPA
In addition to The Healthy, Leslie has written for outlets such as,,, and more, specializing in content related to healthcare, nutrition, mental health and wellness, and environmental conservation and sustainability. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy focused on the intersection between public health and environmental conservation, and an undergraduate degree in journalism. Leslie is based in Thailand, where she is a marine conservation and scuba diving instructor. In her spare time you'll find her up in the air on the flying trapeze or underwater, diving coral reefs.