17 million people may skip work Monday due to 'Super Bowl fever'

Planning to stay home from work the day after the Super Bowl? You’re not alone. An estimated 17.2 million people plan to skip work on Monday because of “Super Bowl Fever,” according to a survey from the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated.

While an estimated 8 million workers report they asked for the day off ahead of time, about 4.7 million plan to call in “sick.”

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Tom Brady (12) de los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra festeja tras un touchdown ante los Rams de Los Ángeles durante la segunda mitad del Super Bowl, el domingo 3 de febrero de 2019, en Atlanta. (AP Foto/Jeff Roberson)
New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass in front of Los Angeles Rams' Marcus Peters (22) and Cory Littleton (58) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New England Patriots' Stephon Gilmore, right, intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams' Brandin Cooks (12) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New England Patriots' Kyle Van Noy (53) sacks Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff (16) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
New England Patriots' Jason McCourty (30) breaks up pass intended Los Angeles Rams' Josh Reynolds (83), during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald (99) hits New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski (3) gestures after scoring a field goal, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Los Angeles Rams' Robert Woods (17) breaks a tackle by New England Patriots' Jonathan Jones (31) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) throws the ball as Los Angeles Rams' Ndamukong Suh (93) rushes during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff (16) throws a pass during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Los Angeles Rams' Greg Zuerlein (4) watches his field goal during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New England Patriots' Jason McCourty (30) breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams' Brandin Cooks (12) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against John Johnson #43 of the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is interviewed after his teams 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots and teammate Tom Brady #12 celebrate at the end of the Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: James Develin #46 of the New England Patriots celebrates with his son William Robert Develin after the Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It’s not just about recovering from celebrating: About 45 percent of 18- to 34-year-old employees say they’re more likely to have anxiety about going back to work the Monday after the Super Bowl than any other Monday during the year.

If you’re feeling a little down or off after the Super Bowl is over, just know that it’s normal.

Mental hangovers are a very real issue after the Super Bowl ends, Thea Gallagher, clinic director at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perlman School of Medicine, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. That’s clear from looking at social media:

Many people get mentally invested in the Super Bowl, whether your team is playing in the game or not, Gallagher says. “If your team is in the Super Bowl, that can be a culmination of many years of watching and cheering for them,” she says. “But even if you don’t have a team in the Super Bowl, it’s still a holiday. You get mentally invested in plans and hanging out with friends and family.” When it’s over, it can feel like a mental crash — especially since, for some, it can seem like there’s not much else to look forward to sports-wise until the spring.

Watching football on Sundays is also something that a lot of people get into in the fall and winter when the weather turns colder and people are stuck indoors, notes Gallagher. “You gather together with friends and family to watch the game, and when that season is over, you have to be more intentional about hanging out with the people in your life,” she says.

There’s also neuroscience at play, clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, author of Hack Your Anxiety, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “When we pay close attention to anything, including sports, our brain interprets the experience of another person like it were happening to us,” Clark says, adding that it’s almost like you’re playing the game when you’re watching it closely.

“The more we pay attention, the more involved we get, and the more real it becomes,” she says. “When it comes to a championship game like the Super Bowl, the stakes are higher, the playing more intense and thus the emotion heightened.” That mental investment can make people feel stress and anxiety on some level, Clark says.

There are a few things you can do to bounce back.

For starters, it’s important to be aware that this feeling of loss can happen and is normal. “With all the drama of the buildup, we feel let down when it is over,” Clark says. “Especially for a championship game that ends a season, the ending — no matter what the outcome — brings a loss. Simply knowing and naming what you are feeling can help you feel a sense of control over your experience and thus better cope.”

If you’re a Rams fan, it’s OK to feel angry or hurt about the loss. “People tend to think it’s stupid that they feel sad about these things, but it’s normal when a team that you’ve invested a lot in loses,” Gallagher says. She recommends looking at it as part of an overall journey of being a fan and starting to think about the possibilities that can happen next year.

If you feel bummed about not having go-to plans for this upcoming Sunday (or Sundays for the foreseeable future), Gallagher recommends organizing a Sunday dinner or game night to have another reason to gather your family and friends together.

You can also start thinking about productive things you can do during the time you spent watching football in the past. “Are there enjoyable things you have been putting off that you could earmark to do afterward?” Clark says. If so, do them. Even going to the gym or doing an at-home workout during that time can get your endorphins flowing and make you feel better, she says.

If all else fails, remember that it’s ultimately just a game and it’s there for your entertainment. “This is supposed to be fun,” Clark says.

See how the celebs celebrated:

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PRICELESS ♥️
I got your back! ❤️
HAPPY #SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!! Aka the best day of the year after Christmas and maybe thanksgiving 🥳🏟🤸‍♀️ (my outfit is #expressxoliviaculpo besides the shoes)
Once in a life time....so proud of these boys @maroon5 #superbowl53 💥
Pancakes on #superbowl Sunday 🏈 🤪 #melancholicparadise with these beautiful boys @michael.michalsky @thomashayo
Family and Football ❤️❤️ #LFG
My arm looks as long as it took someone to make a touchdown at this game 😂🏈🙌🏼 #superbowl
Did I mention go @rams (I know hate coming!!)
Let’s go Rams! I love you no matter what happens, you guys are legends x
Let’s fucking Go!!! @rams @yg
Let’s goooooooooooo @rams !!! #superbowl53
4 Hangovers & 4 Sleepless Nights in a Row. But I made it. Who you got? 🏈 #superbowl53
Spoiler alert: I HAVE ALREADY WON THE SUPERBOWL!!! #SuperBowlRing #ChrisLong #WalterPaytonManOfTheYear
#LilSwag #ComedicRockStarShit #LiveLoveLaugh ....I switched it up and came down to the field before the game this year 😂😂😂
2 years in a row 😂😂😂😂.... This is a joke people. I’m fine 😂😂😂...Staged photo
What a year!
Let me live and support my fiancé’s greatest passion. #letsgo #patriots #superbowl #sbliii
Celebrating #Facts release the right way with @tequilaavion at Super Bowl!! #departthenorm #avioncollab
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When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, I took out my pen and just wrote. Some of the words that came to me in that moment eventually made their way onto the incredible lanterns that flew high and low tonight. We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible. And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One Love. ❤️ And the list of words is... Forgive Laugh Cry Smile Share Live Endure Embrace Remember Enlighten Preserve Inspire Sweat Fight Express Give Receive Elevate Climb Unify Fortify Soften Dance Scream Dream Educate Provide Inhale Exhale Persevere Stand Kneel Overcome Love Listen
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