Many people, regardless of their job, start to feel overwhelmed with stress and sadness on Sundays, dreading work the next day.
Does the start of your workweek trigger overwhelming feelings of anxiety, sadness, or stress? Do you lack passion and motivation on Monday morning? Are you sluggish or tense? If your answer is yes, you just might be experiencing a case of the “Monday blues”.
Not to worry though, because all the things that cause the Monday Blues are entirely under your control. You are in charge of your eating, your sleep schedule, your thoughts, and your beliefs. This means that by adjusting habits and attitude you can start the week with a roar instead of a sigh.
Here are a few things you can do that can help you bid adieu to Monday blues and instead welcome it with a chirpy smile!
1. Identify the problem.
The first thing to do is to ask yourself what’s wrong”. If you have the Monday Blues most weeks, then this is not something you should laugh off or just live with. It’s a significant sign that you are unhappy at work and you need to fix it or move on and find another job.
2. Don’t live for the weekends
Studies have shown that people who are stressed at work tend to be much happier on the weekend. So don’t only look forward to Saturday and Sunday; try to spread out the joy and plan something fun during the week, like a movie night or drinks with pals.
3. Take small breaks throughout Monday.
Don’t stay glued to your work desk all day. Take a walk to get some fresh air, avoid eating lunch at your desk, or if possible, hit the gym for a quick workout. The end goal is to populate your Monday with activities you enjoy.
4. Prepare for Monday on Friday.
To help combat that Monday morning anxiety, be sure to leave yourself as few dreadful tasks as possible on Friday afternoon. By taking care of the things you least want to handle at the end of one workweek, you’re making the start of the next that much better.
5. Dress for success.
Dress up, perk up, and show up ready to be positive and help others be positive. When you look good, you feel good. Use Monday as the day to wear your favorite new outfit. This can help build your confidence around the office and might get you a few compliments from co-workers.
Since one-seventh of your work life will be Mondays, figure out a way to make the best of them. Following these tips will help dramatically increase your well-being.
Do you have some tips of your own? Share with us in the comments.