Why 81% of People Get Depressed About Going to Work on Monday

The “Sunday Scaries” Are Yet Another Symptom of the Meaning Crisis at Work

Matt Gangloff
4 min readNov 21, 2022
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Me: What’s up with you? You seem off…

Her: Oh, don’t worry about it. It’s just the Sunday Scaries.

Me: The what…?

Her: The Sunday Scaries. I’m just having an existential crisis about going back to work.

What Is Sunday Depression?

One survey found more than 80% ‘became progressively more anxious as their restful Sunday came to a close.’

Nearly two-thirds reported a restless night’s sleep Sunday night.

Psychologists call it “anticipatory anxiety.”

But the rest of us call it Sunday Depression or the Sunday Scaries.

The Real Cause of Sunday Depression

CNN: “It’s not because they don’t like their jobs…”

Like hell, it isn’t!

Do you know what people call anxiety about something they like? Excitement!

Do you know what people call anxiety about something that matters? Nothing, because they don’t bother complaining at all. It’s worth it.



Matt Gangloff

I teach the how-to’s of Post-Traumatic Growth: How to heal and grow, find a new mission, become your best self and build a meaningful life. www.mattgangloff.com