Mondays don’t tend to be the easiest day of the week… Some of us will experience feelings of anxiety, sadness, stress, tiredness and lack of motivation on Monday mornings.
If you can relate to this, rest assured: you are not alone, you just might be having a case of Monday Blues! This is a real thing, which includes a group of negative emotions that a great number of people will experience at the beginning of the week, especially if they’re not happy at work.
According to previous research, non-satisfaction with work appears to be a huge contributor to feel the Monday Blues, as if you’re happy with the work you do, you will be likely excited and full of energy, motivated to start a new week full of opportunities to do what you love, instead of feeling tired and depressed.
I am sure you have also noticed that if you’re feeling the Monday Blues, you will perform worse and be less productive, as your negative emotions will lead you to feel less motivated, less creative, less engaged and more pessimistic.
Also, Monday Blues are contagious! Your negative emotions will also affect negatively the people around you and change the general environment that surrounds you.
If you find yourself feeling like this on Monday morning, the following tips can help you stay 2 steps ahead of these feelings:
What is wrong? If something is making you feel like this every week, you can’t just continue to live your life like this! So, make a list to identify what’s going wrong and think about solutions. You will feel more empowered and take charge, making positive changes in your life. Sometimes, the Monday blues can be a sign that you’re just not really passionate about your job or line of work. Could it be time to move on?
Start getting things ready on Friday! Before you finish the week, make sure you won’t leave too many tasks to complete on Monday, which will make the beginning of the week feel much better and less stressful.
Make a list of what’s exciting in your life! On Sunday evening, before going to sleep, make a list of a few things you look forward to do during the week. This will improve your mood!
It might be a good idea to unplug for the weekend! Try to avoid thinking about work during the weekend. It’s your time off, relax and make the most of it! Self care is very important to recharge batteries and to give your mood a boost! Try to find a balance that lets you unwind while still keeping up with your major routine, otherwise Monday will surely be a shock!
Make sure you get enough sleep. If you’re not sleeping between 7 and 9 hours, this can make you feel more anxious and low in mood. Go to bed early and wake up early so you don’t have to rush in the morning and have a relaxed start of the day. You can enjoy a relaxed breakfast, exercise, even go for a walk!
Get dressed! This is particularly important during the times we’re currently living in. Get dressed in the morning, as if you were going to leave the house. Show and share your spirit and positivity! Wear new clothes, even take some pictures if you feel like it! This will help you to have a boost in your confidence, which will have a really good impact on how you face your Monday.
Reframe your Mondays! Be positive and grateful! Start the day and the week with an attitude of gratitude. Why not even using The Gratitude Journal (by The Positive Twist)? After completing the whole journal, you can read it in the mornings, which will bring you a wave of positivity and gratitude to help you to face the new week!
Make someone smile. When you make others happy, the overall mood will shift! Think of ways you can improve someone else’s Monday and you will distract from your own worries and feel better about yourself. Compliment a friend, say something nice for a customer, support a stranger!
Keep it easy! Don’t plan boring and exhausting things for Mondays, this will help you to have a smooth transition from the weekend! The best thing is to be productive and keep yourself busy, by doing the easier and routine stuff. If you’re struggling with how to juggle everything, you need to upgrade your time management skills so you can keep track of your activities and schedule them more easily.
Have fun! Do things that you like on Mondays! Have a virtual catch up with your colleagues/friends, for example! Create an event that will make you look forward for Mondays!
Have a plan for the evening. Don’t see your Monday as a “go to work, get it done, finish and that’s it” kind of day. Make it special!! What can you do in the evening? Watch a movie with your special one, catch up on a TV show, read a book, cook your favourite meal… there are so many options! Make it good and positive!
Know when it’s getting out of your control. If the Monday Blues start to extend to the other days of the week, you might be dealing with something more complex. Mondays Blues will get better throughout the week but if you’re experiencing a persistent depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing a significant impairment in your daily life, for a long period of time, you might be dealing with clinical depression. In addition to this, you can also feel hopelessness, restlessness, irritability and sleep troubles. If you start having these feelings and emotions, seek support from your GP or other adequate health professionals.
Are you ready to start implementing some changes in your life and start enjoying Mondays??
Lots of love