Monday 20th January is known as Blue Monday and has been awarded the gloomy title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. Supposedly the date was calculated by using many factors, including weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Mondays don’t have to suck. Everyone struggles following the weekend to get motivated for the week ahead, but there are things you can do to help make Mondays not the worse day of the week. Just remember you are not alone.
“The ‘Monday Blues’ describe a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek if they’re not happy at work,” says Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work. “It contains elements of depression, tiredness, hopelessness and a sense that work is unpleasant but unavoidable.” If you love your job and are passionate about what you are doing, Mondays may not seem so bad. However if you feel undervalued and unsatisfied within your role, it can be difficult to start yet another week of endless work. 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. So you are not only blue, but you are dragging everyone else down with you! Yikes! It sounds like a never ending roundabout of emotions.
These few simple tricks can help Monday feel like Friday (well probably not that great but it’s definitely a start!):
- Find the problem
By identifying what is causing Monday blues, you can start to fix the problem. Is it your job role? Do you feel deflated and miserable at work? If this is the case, it may be time to find a new job. Do you work weekends leaving you feeling that you hadn’t had a weekend at all? This is very common nowadays as people struggle to balance work-life and take enough time out to chill and recuperate. We all need a couple of days to unwind and do what we want to do whether that’s spending time with the family, taking a long walk or simply cosying up on the sofa and having a good old Netflix binge.
- Plan for Mondays
Monday blues can be brought on from the stress of what’s in store on a Monday. The thought of the work load piling up from the week before, uncompleted tasks and looming deadlines can all add up. By planning your Mondays in advance last thing on a Friday can help you organise your workload. Prioritise what tasks need to be completed and spread the rest out over the course of the week. Be being in control of Monday, will help you feel much more confident about taking on the day.
- Think positive
Start the week with a can do attitude. By having positive thoughts or writing down what you have to be happy about whether at work or at home will prevent Mondays becoming too much to bear. Having a holiday to look forward too can help to diminish Monday blues.
- Have a buddy
Having a work wife or husband can help you feel that you are not alone. Research has proven that having a friendship in the workplace can help you feel more at ease and enjoy the job. By sharing challenges with a common person in the same situation can make you realise that you are not alone. You can do it together!
Everyone deals with the blues differently, just remember you can do it! Monday – bring.it.on.