It is Monday morning. People have the Monday blues apparently.
My newsfeeds are ram packed full of memes about Monday mornings, groaning about going back to work, about how the weekend ended too soon and that they are reaching for the coffee to begrudgingly kick start the beginning of the week…..
Ugh! *Makes dramatic huff, sigh and shoulder shrug to go with the noise of the word*
It’s all too easy to get caught up in negativity on a Monday morning and you end up feeling like you should be unhappy because ‘everyone else is’! It’s absurd. And, as a person, it is no way to start your week or any day – heck, the Monday blues can put a huge strain on your mental and emotional well-being!
It only takes one negative voice to create a descent into the gloom and that voice might even be our own inside our own head. Yet it is like a domino effect and a half when collective consciousness (figuratively speaking!) starts to take swipes at poor old Monday morning, and before we know it, we are in a grump and are dramatically huffing and puffing our way into the Monday blues.
How do you combat it? How do you turn it around? Let’s nip this in the bud, shall we?
It is not hard to create an environment where you don’t have to experience these feelings and you look forward to going into the office, or to work each day; being aware of doing it is a step in the right direction. Then altering our experience of life to one, which is far more rewarding and enjoyable on many levels.
Do some or all of this stuff to beat the Monday blues:
Get Enough Sleep and Rise Early:
At times we burn the candle at both ends leaving no room for rest, but research says that you cannot catch up on lost sleep. There may be no more important night to get rest than Sunday night, and no better remedy for Monday blues than a solid night’s sleep. The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, “Sleep is the best form of meditation.”
Feeling down is not helped if you’re feeling exhausted too. And tiredness can make small problems feel like huge issues. Grab an early night tonight – not only will Blue Monday feel shorter but you’ll feel better on Tuesday.
Prepare for Monday on Friday:
I have a flash card blue tacked to my office light switch that reads “Is tomorrow planned?” I want to be able to step into my office and know right away what it is that I am doing. In particular when stepping into the office on Monday morning.
Have a think about what’s coming up at work next week. Is there anything that will be hanging over your head if you don’t get it done beforehand? Don’t leave dealing with a complaint, a long-winded but inevitable task or an unwanted phone call for your Monday. Bite the bullet and once it’s done, that’s another weight off your shoulders that can leave your weekend feeling much lighter. Getting the tough stuff done as early as possible on Friday means your Monday will be less fearful or dread inducing.
Have an After Work Plan:
What is there to look forward to on a Monday?
Beating the Monday Blues isn’t just about what you do at work but what you do when you’re not. Plan to go and see a friend, eat something delicious somewhere nice or go and sweat out some stress in the gym; do something that makes you feel good, something you can look forward to.
Keeping yourself busy with activities you enjoy will set you up to take control of Monday, rather than letting Monday control you. Choose your Monday rather than being a passive recipient of it. Plan it well and turn it into something to look forward to.
Find some time in your day to disconnect with it. That is, you can let go of Monday at regular intervals in the day. Take some time out for a quality break – use that to have some fun as I suggested in the previous point, or engage in some mindfulness, some self-hypnosis, some solitude. Be unplugged and disconnect from the world for a while.
You’ll be much more productive with your working role as a result too. Read this article for more on this subject:
Solitude – The Importance of ‘Me Time’ and How It’ll Make You More Successful
Exercise and fitness are essential for everyone. It changes your body, releasing chemicals that reduce anxiety and stress, and increase happiness. Even just a short run, gym workout or a walk in the park.
Exercise is also an opportunity to take some time out to let your brain relax and wander. If you’re feeling low energy or uninspired, getting moving is the best thing that you can do.
Go and get oxygenated and get some feelgood chemicals in your system at the same time.
Do What You Love:
It was Steve Jobs that said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
It couldn’t be truer! You might find it difficult to be good at something you’re not passionate about; equally you might struggle to enjoy something you’re not passionate about. It’s as simple as that. Passion is a key component in Jim Collins’ three circles theory of business success: you must be passionate about it, it must make economic sense, and you must be the best at what you’re doing.
When work is such a major part of your life, then maybe you should consider doing something you enjoy or love? You’ll be skipping into work on Monday’s instead of dreading it.
Be Goal Focused:
Think about why you’re doing what you’re doing. Why do you work? What are you working toward? What is the purpose?
Having a goal in mind and written down, you’re always reminded of why you’re doing what you’re doing. You have a path, a reason to get up, look forward to getting into work on Monday and get stuck in to reaching that target. Being aware of that, reminding yourself of it, gives your Monday (and any other day) some purpose and inherent value rather than feeling blue about it.
You might also consider your own development in addition to other goals related to what you do. Training, ongoing development, education and personal growth is essential for job satisfaction. Perhaps that is because not only are you learning and developing, you also have an end goal in mind – an exam or deadline to work towards and that is incredibly motivating. These kinds of goals can lead to you having other options and directions in life that give you more ‘get up and go’ to remove Monday blues.
A little (or a LOT) bit of fun and laughter is a great way to shake off a case of the Monday blues. Bring humour, and playfulness with you into your Monday. This is a simple way to brighten the day and it’s a good supply of energy to help productivity.
Read more about these topics here:
1. How and Why You Need To Be More Playful and Childlike.
2. The Science of Laughter: Why Laughing is Really Good for Your Health.
Develop New Habits:
If you have trouble getting started on Monday mornings, then forge new habits that will banish the Monday blues. That is, start engaging in more of the afore mentioned points so that they become second nature; healthy habits that have you looking forward to Mondays and seeing them as filled with opportunity, excitement and enjoyment.
Reward yourself along the way for taking new actions that build the habits that produce bigger results over time.
While some may consider Monday to be the worst day of the week, you, on the other hand, will learn to make the most of it. Take charge of your Mondays by relishing it and supercharging it. All you need is a momentum to keep you going. Wave goodbye the the Monday blues; soon Mondays may even become your favourite day of the week. Maybe….