It’s recently been revealed that high proportions of the country are experiencing the ‘Monday blues’ when it comes to going back to work after the weekend. The research, conducted by Bestinvest, also showed that people have now commonly started to dread the dawn of Monday by as early as 16:22pm on Sunday afternoon!
The phenomenon of Monday blues is widely known; so much so that it’s become somewhat of a cultural joke - but it’s not a very funny one. We’re sure most people have experienced it. After a great weekend it can be hard to think about a whole week back at work, but most of the time, if you enjoy your work, it should leave you feeling excited and positive about getting back to it.
However, if the dread of Monday has started to encroach on your ability to enjoy the weekend and you are regularly feeling despondent rather than excited, we have come up with five tips designed to get you feeling better about the week ahead.
Identify the problem
Something that can help tackle most anxieties is taking the time to write all the issues down and look to identify the source of them. Asking yourself what’s wrong about your role is the first step to defeating the issue.
Perhaps it’s a negative co-worker, a meeting with your boss first thing on Monday morning, or maybe it’s that you don’t feel challenged. In any case, clarifying what is bothering you can help you try to be active in finding solutions. It’s a way of empowering yourself to take charge and try to improve the situation. Once you have identified the problem, you can then set about finding ways to fix it.
Make a list of the good things
As lists really do help the mind to focus, try writing a regular list every Sunday of what you are looking forward to that week. This way you turn a bad feeling on its head, by focusing on the positives.
Try to list at least three things you are excited about at work that week and this should help put you in a better frame of mind for the week ahead. If you can't think of three things you are looking forward to, that might be an indication that you need to make some changes in your life.
Prepare for Monday on Friday
Often Mondays are made stressful because you are greeted with the pile up of work from the week before. Try to switch this up by working harder on Friday to take the pressure off of Monday, this way you can eliminate your Monday blues by making it a relatively easy working day to look forward to.
If you have unpleasant tasks awaiting your attention Monday morning, you’re bound to feel negative about the prospect of going back to work. Actively leave yourself the easiest work tasks to complete on Monday by doing the least appealing on what most consider to be the best day of the week – Friday.
Keep your Monday schedule light
In the same vein, if you know Monday is the day that causes you worry – keep it light! Arrange your schedule to push meetings, difficult calls and harder tasks to later in the week, so you know you have an easier day to look forward to.
Mondays are traditionally busy days at the office, so change that for yourself and make it easier to return to after the weekend. Instead of tackling the largest and most complicated tasks early on Monday, take some time for easier, more routine stuff, to ease you into that working week routine gently.
Get enough sleep and wake up early
Our last tip to enjoying Monday’s more is an easy one; just make sure you’re getting enough sleep! No one can enjoy the day properly if they are running on only a few hours’ sleep, so going to bed a little earlier on Sunday makes extra sure that it isn’t your weekend antics that are keeping you from enjoying the day.
If you can, as well as going to sleep earlier - get up a little earlier than usual too in order to feel less rushed, making room for more ‘you’ time. Enjoying a healthy breakfast, doing some exercises or taking the dog for a walk can all help you feel more centered and content for the day ahead.