When formed with purpose, Sunday night can become a sanctuary. The practice of preparing for the week ahead can improve the quality of the weekday work itself. The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once described these evenings as “the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” But what should be an evening of anticipated freedom and rejuvenation often leaves many bummed out about life’s recurring responsibilities. The “Sunday night blues” may sound like a quaint colloquialism, but it’s actually the nickname for a real condition brought on by anxiety concerning the forthcoming weekdays. A study by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden determined that Sunday evening is the unhappiest time of the week, with Monday morning coming in a close second. You may treat this time like any other, but isolating a few hours to focus on the week ahead can paint a potentially bluish This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades.