By the time the sun sets on a Sunday you know that your fun and relaxing weekend is over. This is when Monday blues creeps up on you and stays with you until you leave for work on Monday morning, destroying every minute of what is left of your weekend.
Regardless of the jobs or the company you work for, many people feel stressed and overwhelmed on a Sunday. We are going to share some advice why this happens and what you can do to combat it.
Why it can be difficult to start a new week?
Even though you love the job that you do, the thought of not having fun or freedom for the next few days influences the way you feel about Mondays. You know what is waiting for you as soon as you step into your office: deadlines, demanding clients, last-minute changes. The list can go on and on. Not the ideal world where you want to be after a relaxing weekend.
There are also a few scientific reasons why it is not easy to get out of the right side of the bed on a Monday. Reasons like your sleep patterns during the week and trying to catch up on it over a weekend. Socializing and the need to feel comfortable and secure in your workplace, gossiping with your co-workers.
The sudden emotional change from a Sunday, which is part of your happy weekend to Monday, a working day. So, no matter what, Mondays will always seem like the worst day of the week.
After all the eating, drinking and smoking on a weekend, it is proven that people, mostly woman of all ages and areas, feel the least attractive on Mondays. This is also the reason why people will always start a diet, or plan to live healthier, on a Monday.
5 Tips how to avoid or overcome negative feelings on Mondays
You need to reflect on your situation to find out exactly what it is that you dislike so much. This is different for everyone. If you are more precise in identifying the problem, it will be easier to work out what changes need to be made. You need to ask yourself if it is your boss or your actual work that makes you feel this dreadful about Mondays? Will you quit what you love doing just because you can’t work with your boss or will you discuss the situation with them to change your effectiveness at work?
- Change how you feel about Mondays
Stay motivated on Mondays with a motivational quote, video or anything else that motivates you to kick start your day, wear your favourite work outfit, or treat yourself with breakfast or lunch at your favourite restaurant.
- Cheer up your Mondays
You won’t be to only one struggling with Monday blues, cheer up your colleague and offer them a cup of coffee or invite them to lunch with you or even a drink after a hard day’s work. You can even schedule a weekly Monday coffee or lunch, this way you will look forward to your Mondays.
- Plan ahead
You have certain tasks at work. Whether you enjoy doing it or not, the work needs to get done. Plan your workday or week ahead. Go to work bright and early and use your time at work wisely, this way you won’t have to worry about playing catch-up the whole week if you don’t get a productive start to your week.
- Take care of yourself
Don’t start your diet or your gym membership because it is Monday, start your diet and your exercise programme because you want to be healthier. Get a good night’s rest in every night, at least 6-8 hours. You don’t have to starve yourself to be healthy, consult with a dietitian and get the dietary guidance that you need. Change your lifestyle and feel good every day not just on Mondays.
Don’t be a victim of Monday blues, in the long run, stress, hopelessness and anxiety can develop into more serious mental and health issues. You don’t have to wait until the weekend to have fun or to be happy. You have the power to create your own positive moment any day of the week.