How do you start your workweek? Do you find yourself feeling triggered.. of anxiety, sadness, or stress knowing that you have five workdays before reaching to your weekend? Do you feel like you’re lack of passion and motivation on Monday morning?
If you feel so, as if the week will move slowly, then you might have a case of the Monday Blues. And no worries, because you are not the only one..
According to Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker at work, “The ‘Monday Blues’ describes a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek if they’re not happy at work.
“It contains elements of depression, tiredness, hopelessness and a sense that work is unpleasant but unavoidable.”
The “Monday Blues” phenomenon is no stranger to those who work or go to school. Do you have your mantra to remain motivated on a well bloomed Monday morning? Is there any secret to beat Monday Blues or you just let the day pass?
When you’re unhappy at work, it makes it very difficult for those around you to be happy, and oftentimes just one worker with a case of the Mondays can spread the doldrums to the whole team. As it turns out, your case of the Mondays can have a negative impact on your performance and productivity—as well as the people around you.
Why do you hate Mondays?
According to a survey conducted by Gallup, in 2015, only 32% of employees in the United States are committed to their work.
It is as if you don’t like the work you do now, you will have a higher chance of experiencing the psychological phenomenon of Monday Blues.
But does Monday Blues only affect those who don’t like their work?
Studies showed that people between the ages of 45 and 54 often will experience this cultural phenomenon.
Some are late in the office, some are less productive all day and some are just smiling as early as 11.16 am.
How to overcome your Monday blues
Identify the Problem
The first thing to do is to ask yourself what is wrong? If you are having this kind of feeling regularly, it is because you are not happy with your work or you are worried about something regarding the job only. Try to figure out the issues to resolve your problem. It is empowering to take charge of your problem and try to improve your situation.
A study conducted in 2013 by Astrid showed that chocolate can make you feel happier. It contains the hormone serotonin and can stimulate endorphin secretion.
Unplug for the weekend
If possible, try to avoid checking work e-mail or voicemail over the weekend, especially if you’re not going to respond until Monday anyway. Yes it can be tempting to know what’s waiting for you, but drawing clearly defined boundaries between work and personal time can help keep things in check. When you leave the office on Friday, leave your office problems there and focus on enjoying your time off.
Dress for success
Dress up, perk up and show up ready to be positive and help others be positive. 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.
Get enough sleep
Going a bit early to bed on Sunday evening would help you to get a good night’s sleep and wake up fresh in the morning. When you have some good hours of sleep, you are more likely to feel fresh and rejuvenated all day long. This will boost your positivity and will keep anxiety at distance.