At the school where I worked, I absolutely hated Mondays. My weekend would be generally pleasant, but as soon as I walked into the school, I’d be confronted with drama, negativity, and low energy conversations and meetings. It sucked.
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, this “affliction” typically involves depression, anxiety, sadness, and even physical sickness like headaches.
Why do the Monday Blues exist? Typically, Monday is depressing for a couple of reasons.
First, you’ve just finished Saturday and Sunday where you have the freedom to do what you enjoy (and have just done it). Monday represents the end of that freedom. Now you’re living for someone else (like a boss or teacher) and that restrictiveness is depressing.
Second, Mondays involve doing things that you don’t enjoy like working boring jobs and attending classes you may find pointless. So, you’re not only giving up your freedom, but getting back into a routine that you hated to begin with.
But you don’t have to suffer from the Monday Blues, at least not fully.
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. Many people get up on the wrong side of the bed on a Monday lamenting how much it sucks. It’s true that it might. However, it doesn’t have to.
Start your Mondays with meditation, a funny TV show, a good book, your favorite coffee, 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 are like you: they hate Mondays. 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 also can’t stand.
Most offices and schools are negative places on Mondays because everyone is in a bad mood. And, that negative energy amplifies as everyone complains. 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). You’ll feel better and it might help the culture of your environment.
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. It can even be something more exciting like a concert.
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 when the Monday Blues kick in.
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 where someone else takes away your freedom. You have to increase your choices and options.
Find a job you like, go back to school, become a consultant, 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.