How to Turn That Sunday Frown Upside Down
"Don't hole up. Spend the bulk of your time with people you care about . . . and find a way of life that encourages freedom of choice in daily activities and meaningful connections with other people."
-- Harry Reis, professor of psychology at University of Rochester
"If you are aware that this is a natural process having to do with a biological cycle, it makes it a little less troubling. . . . Look at it as a temporary condition."
-- Robert E. Thayer, professor of psychology at California State University at Long Beach
"Distraction is a big one. It's not a long-term solution to any kind of problem, but it can help people get through. Do something fun that you really like to do: Go shopping, go to a sporting event, go to a movie. Even a hobby or a book you like to read."
-- Randy Larsen, professor of psychology at Washington University
HOW REAL PEOPLE DO IT
Sally Baird of Arlington, with sons Ryan Foster-Baird, 7, and Adam Foster-Baird, 4: "We try to do something unplanned with the kids, like go to Gravelly Point or go to Alexandria to feed the ducks."
Sharon Robertson, 24, of Washington: "I usually make my phone calls to people who are far away on Sunday nights. You can catch up, and then you're not thinking about the long week ahead."
Kate Hughes, 33, of Washington: "Sundays can be a good night to go to bars because it's not amateur night. Sometimes my neighbor and I will go out for a few hours and catch up."
Joshua Powell, 20, sophomore at the Art Institute of Washington: "I try to get my homework done on Saturdays. Then I watch the game and try to get to bed as early as I can on Sunday."
Luke Coffee, 19, freshman at George Washington University: "I enjoy partying on the weekends, so when Sunday nights roll around I'm almost relieved to be studying and not out partying."
Veronica Hester, 28, of Capitol Heights: "I just feel appreciative. I was out of work for a while, so now I'm just excited to go back."
Reggie Lacey, 57, of Washington: Make sure the Redskins win. " 'Cause when they lose, it ain't the blues, it's a traumatic psychological experience."
Laura Stein, 29, of Washington: "I used to have a dinner group that met on Sundays. That helped to make the weekend feel longer, 'cause you're using more of it."
Laura Horvath, 10, of Chevy Chase: "We read Harry Potter."