Monday Blues? That’s Old News
The Monday Blues are an emotional and physical state that has happened to just about everyone.
You wake up and your body screams to stay in bed while your brain just spins in the constant buffering circle. This can happen after a previously stressful work week or just some not-ideal work feelings in general.
Forbes has a few ways to help beat those rough Monday mornings.
Firstly, define the issues and what makes Mondays so awful for you. Is it a lack of appreciation at work? An unfair workload? Maybe, the work-life balance isn’t where it should be. Whatever the reason, understanding the issues is the first step to solving them.
Once the pieces start to fall in place mentally, preparing for the next Monday is crucial.
Don’t pile everything on Monday but remember what needs to be done. If possible, lighten the load and shift tasks or meetings that can wait until after Monday. Get the bearings of the necessary work load and go from there.
I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this next one but sleep:
When it doesn’t feel like work is encroaching on those sweet hours of freedom, go to bed early. Get excited about waking up with a killer pre-made breakfast or thoughts of your first sip of coffee. This allows for some extra rest because coming to work feeling like a zombie is the worst. If you can plan some pre-work activities as well, it feels like less of your time is being spent with only the job in mind.
Its been said to ‘dress for the job you want” but let’s be honest, we would like to get paid for watching Netflix in our sweats so, that might not work for everyone. Instead, focus on clothing that makes you feel good. It can be business attire that’s secretly super comfortable or an outfit that gives extra pizzaz to your day.
Along with that, try staying as positive as possible. Know that eventually, the workday does come to an end and all your problems can be set for 8 hours. It would be nice if that was the shelf-life of all problems but put work away once it’s time to go home.
On the weekends, try to stay away from those work e-mails you, workaholics.
Lastly, have fun!
Make work as fun as you can, when you can. You work there most of your day so it should be a safe space for you as well. Bring coffee for your favorite co-worker or plan a hot-pot lunch. The grind is good, but it’s not everything. Also plan to do fun things after work. That can be anything from binging a few hours of your favorite show to making enough pasta for a small party and then eating it all yourself.
How are you dealing with Monday Blues? What is your go-to during or after work chill-down? We want to hear from you.