The Sunday Night Dread: Is Your Career the Culprit?



Does Sunday evening fill you with a sense of impending doom? Do you feel a knot in your stomach as you contemplate the week ahead? You’re not alone. The “Sunday scaries” are a common experience, and they can often signal deeper issues with your career.

What are the Sunday Scaries?

The Sunday scaries are a feeling of anxiety, dread, or general unease that many people experience as the weekend winds down and the workweek looms. While occasional Sunday night jitters are normal, persistent dread can be a red flag that something isn’t right in your professional life.

Why Your Career Could Be to Blame

  1. Lack of Fulfillment: If your work isn’t engaging or doesn’t align with your values and interests, it’s easy to feel unmotivated and dread returning to it.
  2. Burnout: Working long hours, dealing with demanding clients or colleagues, and feeling overwhelmed can lead to burnout, which can manifest as Sunday scaries.
  3. Toxic Work Environment: A negative work environment characterized by unhealthy competition, lack of support, or harassment can make going to work an unpleasant experience that you naturally want to avoid.
  4. Career Stagnation: Feeling stuck in a dead-end job with no room for growth or advancement can lead to boredom and disillusionment.
  5. Imposter Syndrome: If you constantly doubt your abilities and feel like you don’t belong, the thought of going to work can trigger anxiety and self-doubt.

How to Overcome the Sunday Scaries

  1. Reflect on Your Feelings: Take some time to understand why you’re experiencing Sunday scaries. Journaling or talking to a trusted friend or family member can help you identify the root cause.
  2. Assess Your Career: Evaluate your current job satisfaction, your careergoals, and whether your work aligns with your values and interests.
  3. Explore Your Options: If your career is the culprit, consider your options. Could you make changes to your current role? Is it time to look for a new job? Would starting your own business be a better fit?
  4. Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to seek help from a career coach or therapist. They can help you gain clarity, develop a plan, and overcome any obstacles you may face.


Q: Are the Sunday scaries always a sign of a bigger problem?

A: Not necessarily. Occasional Sunday night jitters are normal, but persistent dread could indicate deeper issues with your career or well-being.

Q: What if I don’t know what I want to do career-wise?

A: That’s okay! Career coaching can help you explore your interests, values, and strengths to discover a career path that aligns with you.

Q: I’m afraid of leaving my current job. What should I do?

A: Fear of the unknown is natural, but don’t let it hold you back. A career coach can help you assess your options, build confidence, and create a plan for a successful transition.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you’re ready to overcome the Sunday scaries and create a career that you love, I’m here to help. As an Integral Success Coach, I can help you gain clarity, set goals, and develop a plan to achieve your career aspirations. Book a free discovery session today to learn more about how I can support you on your journey.