Everyone who works a standard Monday through Friday job or goes to school knows that Monday can be a tough day. While there isn’t a psychological diagnosis known as the Monday Blues, it combines elements of depression, anxiety, and a host of other genuine mental conditions.
Why do the Monday Blues exist? Typically, Monday is depressing for a couple of reasons.
First, we’ve just finished Saturday and Sunday where we have the freedom to do what we enjoy (and have just done it). Monday represents the end of that freedom. Now we’re living for someone else (like a boss or teacher).
Second, Mondays involve doing things that we don’t enjoy, like working boring jobs, attending classes we may find pointless, or many other activities in which we find little meaning.
Finally, we’ve gotten out of the routine of doing what we dislike on the weekends! Getting back into it on Monday is tough for obvious reasons.
But you don’t have to suffer from the Monday Blues. Fortunately our tips explain how to beat them.
Start the Day Right
It’s easy to be depressed and upset on a Monday. Likely the weekend was much more fun and exciting. However, that doesn’t mean Monday absolutely has to be depressing and upsetting.
While it’s always best to start every day on the right foot, it’s even more crucial on Mondays. Start your Mondays with meditation, prayer, a funny TV show, a good book, or anything positive. As soon as you wake up, do something fun and relaxing. Stop the Monday Blues before they start by making a planned effort to beat them.
Be The Attitude Exception
Most people don’t hate Mondays. They loathe them. They’re slightly hungover, tired, or recovering from staying up late watching the football game. And, they’re going into an environment (work, school, etc.) they can’t stand.
Most offices and schools are negative places on Mondays because everyone is in a bad mood. If you want to beat the Monday Blues, you’ll have to be the attitude exception in your environment. It’s not always easy, but make an intentional effort to be happy, friendly, and positive (without going overboard or being annoying, of course).
Make Mondays Fun
It’s no wonder we like weekends and get the Monday Blues. Not only do we have freedom on the weekends, but we do lots of fun things on those days too. We go out, see friends, spend time with family, and schedule other exciting events. Why not do that on Monday?
In many cases, Mondays are busy, we’re tired, and it’s hard to find time to do something fun. But, we should make time for enjoyable moments. It could be a cup of coffee with a friend, a quiet walk, or playing a sport.
Scheduling fun activities on a Monday serves a couple purposes. It breaks up a normally negative day with something positive and gives a person something to look forward to.
Eliminate Mondays Altogether
OK, I’m not talking about removing Mondays from the week. But, what if the work week started on a Tuesday? Then Monday would be awesome and Tuesday would suck. So, the key is to find a way to eliminate the need to be consigned to a job you hate and a controlling schedule.
Try to find a way to get more freedom in your life. Find a job you like, go back to school, or start your own business. If you can be happier and more independent, the Monday Blues will definitely be a thing of the past. Imagine waking up on a Monday with lots of money in the bank and following your own schedule.
Of course, that kind of path typically requires a lot of initial hard work. But, the change and work required for success is well worth it, not just to eliminate stressful Mondays, but to make life much more fun.
So, best of luck in eliminating the Monday Blues. Hopefully these tips and techniques to beat them will make the first day of the work/school week a lot more tolerable.