Having trouble returning to work due to the Monday Blahs?
Feel like you never really left work? Enjoy your job, but hate getting out of bed on Monday morning? You may be struggling with the Monday blahs.
At the extreme, the Monday Blahs may contains elements of depression, tiredness, hopelessness, and a sense that our job is unpleasant and unavoidable.
However, for many of us, the feelings of lethargy, sluggishness, and lack of passion that we may be feeling on Monday morning may not necessarily be a reflection of our like or dislike for our job. Our Monday morning struggles may be due to difficulty dealing with the transition from one dimension of our life to another. A lack of balance, fun, and fulfillment can leave you feeling dreary when your alarm goes off at the start of a new week.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency and Dealing With the Monday Blahs:
- Leave work at work whenever you can
- Plan your Monday tasks on Friday so that you can combat that swamped feeling.
- Plan something enjoyable for Monday.
- Re-organize yourself the night before you return to work
- Set leisure goals for the weekend. Organize your weekend activities in order to get your chores done in a lesser amount of time. This allows you to plan for ‘fun’
- Eat, sleep and exercise to build up your energy stores for the upcoming week
- Smile – it is contagious
Your Monday morning struggle may be due to dealing with the transition from one dimension of your life to another. Beverly Beuermann-King Click to tweet
Examine The Reason For Your Monday Blahs:
By finding ways to take care of ourselves and balance our time away from work, we can turn the Monday blahs into feelings of being refreshed and energized.
One final note, if the Monday Blahs are related to negative feelings about your work or your colleagues, it is important to address these situations and find productive ways to solve them. It is important to clarify what is bothering you, so that you can be active in finding solutions.
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Written By Beverly Beuermann-King
Building Resiliency Through Stress and Mental Health Strategies.
For over 20 years, Beverly has used her S-O-S Principle™ with teams who want to control their reactions to stress, build resiliency against life’s challenges and live full and flourishing lives. Beverly works with teams and leaders to shift from stressed out to resilient, enabling them to be more engaged, productive and healthy.
Every Monday morning our social media newsfeeds are filled with posts about how much everyone hates Mondays. Whether you’ve had a fun weekend or you were catching up on errands, it can be tough to transition back to the routine of the workweek. Mondays are tough for everyone, but you shouldn’t have to spend your Sundays feeling dread for the next day or be in a bad mood all day Monday. Did you know studies have found that most adults don’t smile until around 11:30am on Monday? What a sad study! You can make your Monday a lot better by figuring out ways to incorporate fun activities easing back into the workweek. Here’s how to beat the Monday blues.
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1. Start prepping from Sunday
To help your Monday morning go smooth and relaxed verses stressed and hurried, start prepping for it from Sunday night.
- Get to bed early so you can get enough zzz’s and wake up feeling refreshed
- Plan your outfit the night before. Pick something that makes you feel good about yourself
- Pack anything you might need for the day and it set it in front of the door so that you don’t forget to take it with you
- Plan your schedule for the week. Schedule in workouts, fun activities, what you need to get done, etc
2. Start your morning with something fun
Get your morning off to a good start by doing something relaxing or fun. It’ll make your Monday feel a little more like a weekend and put you in a happier mood before you head off to work. You might have to wake up a little earlier to fit it in but it’ll make such a difference in your day that it might be worth it.
- Blast your favorite music and dance around while you’re getting ready
- Sit outside and savor a cup of coffee instead of gulping it down on your way out the door
- Get in a fun workout like a walk outside or a boxing class
3. Have a yummy breakfast waiting for you
Getting out of a warm and comfy bed on Monday morning is a little more bearable if you have a yummy breakfast waiting for you to the fridge. Set your coffee maker on a timer so you wake up the smell of yummy coffee and make your breakfast on Sunday night.
Photo Credit: Brooke Lark
Make ahead breakfast ideas:
- Greek yogurt, nut, and fruit parfait. Experiment with different combinations. Our current fave: Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, walnuts, little bit of granola, banana, chia seeds, and a little bit of honey
- Sandwich made out of whole-wheat waffles with peanut butter and banana slices
- Green smoothie
- Protein packed pancakes or muffins
4. Reframe the way you think of Mondays
Attitude is everything. Put on a bright sunny face and pretend to like Mondays and you just might feel a little better. We feel like a lot of the dread that comes along with Mondays is just the negativity associated with Monday. It’s become our ritual to hate on Mondays and while it might be fun to bond with your co-workers over that hate, it also puts you in a downer mood. Try these tricks to brighten up your Monday attitude.
- On Sunday nights make a list of three things you’re excited about for the week
- Start thinking of Mondays as a fresh new start to the week
- When you get to work on Monday morning, make a list of goals you EXCITED to accomplish this week (Tip: even if you aren’t excited, pretend you are!)
- Smile at everyone you see! Especially your barista as you pick up your morning latte. She’s probably used to people screaming at her Monday morning (Sad, but true!)
- Do NOT give in to bashing Monday with your friends and co-workers. Turn the topic of conversation into something positive. It’ll be a lot better for everyone!
5. Start your work day with a clean slate
Photo credit: Brooke Lark
To go along with your positive attitude from the previous tip, start ACTING like Monday is a fresh start to the week by giving yourself a blank new slate to work with.
- Run a sanitizing wipe along your desk and keyboard when you get into work that morning
- Throw out all your old post-it notes and to-do lists from last week and write fresh new ones
- Clear out your drawers and clean the top of your desk before you leave for work on Friday
- Have a productive (but not stressful) day to set the tone for the rest of the week! We tend to purposefully schedule less meetings on Mondays
6. End the day with fun plans
Fun activities don’t have to be reserved just for the weekend. Try to think of something fun you can do after work so you have something to look forward to on Mondays.
- Replace your usual Sunday brunch with a Monday dinner and recap the weekend with your friends
- Check out a new happy hour spot with your co-workers
- Try a fun workout class
- Make Monday night your date night
7. Make your work day more fun
Take effort to incorporate things you like into your workday. It will help make Mondays less painful if you have fun activities sprinkled throughout the day.
- Take some time to catch up with your co-workers and talk about what you did over the weekend
- Plan one of your meetings to be over coffee or lunch
- Put your favorite project or client on schedule for that day
- Listen to music while you work (Here’s a good playlist)
- Bring in your favorite donuts to share with your co-workers
8. Is it more than a case of the Monday blues?
If you try all these suggestions and it doesn’t help make your Monday any better or if thinking about work fills you with dread and anxiety, take some time to think about why that is and try to come up with a solution. Do you hate the project you’re currently on? See if you can switch to another project. Is one your co-workers giving you a hard time? See if you can talk to that person and resolve the issue. Do you not feel passionate about the work you are doing? Figure out what is you do feel passionate about and if there is a way you can incorporate that into your work. If it’s truly more than a case of the Monday Blues, the solution just may be a new job.
What are some of your favorite ways to beat the Monday Blues? We’d love to hear your ideas!
ne morning, I woke up savouring the freshness of the golden sunlight, enjoying theВ sun’s rays filtering through my window.
The first thought that popped into my mind was: “Thank God it’s Monday!”
I was startled by my own thought. While the whole world is grumbling and groaning about Monday, unwilling to let go of lovely, lazy Sunday, here I was, chirping about the first working day of the week.
And why not? If it is Monday, it means the shops will be open, the government offices will function, the courier service will bring that much-awaited parcel. And life will move on full-speed. Isn’t that cause for jubilation?
Contemporary man is completely sold to the idea of the weekend and, therefore, horrified by the idea of working seven days a week. People drag themselves through workdays so they can relax in the evenings. They endure the week so they can have the weekend.
They work through the year so that they can go on leave at the end of the year. If we stretch the logic a little further, they put up with life so that they can relax in death.
Instead of justifying the need for a holiday, let us look at the quality of our working life.
Perhaps some Osho insights can help change the way we work.
The basic question is, do you enjoy your work?
Do you work wishing you could do something else? Is your work a necessary evilВ — to earn a living or to fulfil ambition?
1 . What and how
What you do is not important, it is how you do it. Whatever you do, do it with deep alertness; then even small things become sacred. You can clean the floor like a robot; you have to clean it, so you clean it.
But it could have been a great experience; you missed it.
You cleaned the floor and that would have cleansed you. Clean the floor full of awareness; be luminous with awareness.
2 . Remember yourself
One thing has to be a continuous thread: remember yourself.
While walking, say, “I am walking.” While sitting, say, “I am sitting.”
And feel the shift in your awareness. There will be a sudden spark.
3 . Are you a perfectionist?
Beware! What counts is being total , not perfect. This brings out the best in you. The very idea of perfectionism drives people crazy.
The perfectionist is bound to be neurotic. S/he cannot enjoy life till s/he is perfect. And perfection never happens, it is not in the nature of things.
Life is imperfect. Only death is perfect. Totality is possible, perfection is not possible.
There is a huge difference between perfection and totality. Perfection is a goal for the future, totality is an experience now. If you can get into any act with your whole heart, you are total. Totality brings wholeness, health and sanity.
The perfectionist forgets about totality. There is a big gap between how s/he is and how s/he wants to be.
And, of course, change can’t happen now, it is always tomorrow or the day after. So life is postponed.
These are small tools, but they will help you see the gap between workdays and holidays decreasing. You will eagerly wait for work to begin.
And then you’ll also say: “Thank God it’s Monday!”
What is it about weekends that makes the time just fly by? That is literally the stupidest question that I ask myself every single weekend. Let’s start with Friday night. I am so tired that I’m usually in bed by 9pm. That is the beginning of the accelerated time warp because I don’t do much of anything except watch a movie or a my favorite TV show and dose off into la-la land.
Then comes supersaturated Saturdays! Are you ready for this? Cleaning, laundry, marking, lesson plans, groceries and cooking up the latest batch of oh so yummy chocolate chip cookies. Saturday night- yup, you guessed it. I’m exhausted and in bed by 10pm. If I’m lucky, I’ll read a bit before falling asleep or on the rare occasion, sit through an entire movie with my family without watching the back of my eyelids.
And then Sundays. For some of us, we are busy driving our kids around or finishing up some last minute shopping to get the week ready. You see, that’s the thing. We rush around endlessly during the week, working our butts off but the weekend isn’t any better! We’re busy with meal preparations and making sure that everyone in the household is ready for another crazy week.
This is where the Sunday blahs come swooping in. It starts the moment I wake up. It’s that dreaded feeling that I have one more day to get everything I need done and hope that I get some fun into my weekend before it’s gone. Oh boy. That’s a challenge when you work 55 -60 plus hours a week!
So how does a full-time professional, mom, wife and everything in between kick the Sunday blahs? Here are a few tips:
1- Get up early. Time is your greatest friend on Sundays. Get your work tasks out of the way right away. Do not get off that chair until they are all done. Grading papers, planning, emails, everything. Reward yourself afterwards with Nutella on toast or a warm drink that you find comforting.
2- Make plans for the afternoon. Call a friend or go somewhere with a family member. Get out of your house for a few hours. Live a normal life that does not involve school or work tasks. Have some fun! (I do have to remind myself of the meaning of this word sometimes.)
3- Make a date with yourself. After your afternoon activity, have a plan in place for yourself. Is it to go out for a run? Read a book just for enjoyment or to cuddle with up and binge watch something on Netflix.
4- Write out your goals for the week. This is a great motivator because you will begin the week focused and with purpose. I use a planner for fitness goals, work stuff, etc.
5- Monday motivator! What are you looking forward to on Monday? Make sure that you have something to help you get out of bed Monday morning. Maybe it’s a new book that you’ll begin reading that evening or something you look forward to savouring in your lunch! Maybe you don’t have any recess supervision that day or you plan to go have a coffee with a friend. It doesn’t need to be huge. Just a little something to make that Sunday night a little less daunting and help you look forward to (even if it’s just a little) your work week ahead.
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What are the Monday Blues? It’s that feeling of anxiety and dread that starts to show up on Sunday night but comes into full force on Monday morning. It’s likely that ever since childhood, you’ve experienced a familiar routine every single week. On Friday, you begin a period of relaxation and personal freedom which continues until you are thrust back into a structured routine on Monday morning. The structured routine, whether school or work, often comes along with shifting your priorities to the demands of others and periods of focused concentration.
This shift in your personal experience happens over and over again each week, so it’s not at all surprising that many of us have an ingrained stress reaction to Monday mornings. The Monday Blues can happen even when you generally like the work that you are doing. It’s a natural reaction and often is the result of automatic distorted thinking, where the obstacle of going to work or school on Monday morning feels like a bigger barrier in our heads than it likely will be in reality. Fortunately, despite ingrained thinking patterns, you can start to shift your thought patterns over time and lessen the pain of the Monday Blues. I recommend a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and personal planning systems to help combat the Monday Blues:
Plan in advance.
It’s very difficult to go from zero to one hundred on Monday mornings. You can ease this challenge, by planning out the key goals and tasks for your week on the Friday before the week begins. Block out time in your calendar on Friday afternoon, and create a planning routine (click here to get a step by step guide walking you through this). When you know you already have a plan in place, you have less resistance to overcome on Monday morning. At that point, your only job is to step into action.
When you know you already have a plan in place, you have less resistance to overcome on Monday morning.
Remind yourself of past successes.
I can almost guarantee that you’ve successfully completed many Mondays and many workweeks in the past. Simply reminding yourself of that can minimize the Monday Blues. The mind tends to exaggerate how painful or difficult a situation may be. Many of us put a lot of energy into dreading tasks that end up not being that difficult or painful when we get around to doing them. Reminding yourself of your past successes can to reduce this feeling of dread.
Find one thing to look forward to on Monday.
This could really be anything. It could be a special cup of coffee. It could be snacks at the office. It could be chatting with your coworkers. You want to focus on something that gives you a spark of joy. Really visualize this and imagine how good it will feel. When you start to feel the Monday Blues come on, focus your attention on the one thing you are excited about.
When you start to feel the Monday Blues come on, focus your attention on the one thing you are excited about.
Find some quick wins.
One of the challenges of Monday mornings is building up momentum when you have not been thinking about work for a couple of days. Momentum comes from action. Find a couple of small tasks that you can quickly check off the list at the beginning of your day. I call these “Knock Out/Cross Out” (or KO/XO) sessions. Set a timer for 30 minutes and get as many things done during that time as possible.
Write it out.
The general anxiety of the Monday Blues is almost always difficult to deal with in the abstract. It becomes much easier to deal with when you can pinpoint the specific thing that is causing anxiety. A useful tool for doing this is to write out what you’re thinking and feeling. Grab a notebook and write down every thought you have for a five-minute period. Then take a step back and reflect on the thoughts you’ve written down. Are they objectively true, or is there some distorted thinking? If you uncover something you can take action on to resolve, do so. If not, try to reframe your thinking to lessen the stress/anxiety and flip it in a positive way.
Despite our conditioning and the common societal narrative, Mondays don’t have to be painful. In fact, they can be energizing and exciting with the right orientation and mindset. There is a high likelihood that you will have many, many more Mondays in your life (and I hope you do!). So, it’s worth it to invest some time into taking these steps and improving your overall mindset towards the Monday Blues. Good luck!
Take Action! If you’re currently experiencing the Monday Blues, take a minute to look at your day ahead and pick ONE thing that you are excited about. Write that down on a piece of paper or in your phone.
Psychiatrist; Psychotherapist; Author, ‘Master Your Sleep’
If on most Monday mornings you’d like to jump into a time machine and go backward in time two days, you’re not alone. For many the work-week-dread kicks in Sunday afternoon as you start anticipating another five days at the office.
Where did the weekend go? You might have done quite a bit, but never quite got around to getting the rest and relaxation you need and now it’s time to start all over. You’re tired but can’t shut off your mind to get to sleep early (sleeping in on Sunday morning probably didn’t help) and you already know how awful you’ll feel when the alarm goes off on Monday morning.
What’s Going On?
We pack our schedules from Monday to Friday, anticipating that when the weekend rolls around we’ll be able to unwind and get some rest, and then we discover that this rarely happens. While there’s a lot to be said for delayed gratification, a long stretch of all-work-and-no-play will inevitably backfire.
This week-to-week grind leaves us feeling over-tired, over-scheduled and not able to enjoy life. For many, even while experiencing weekend fun, we dread the numerous tasks with which we’ll be hammered on Monday morning.
What You Can Do About the Monday Blues
Get out of the “living for the weekend” mindset. This only reinforces negative feelings towards the work week. What’s more, this mindset sets unreasonable expectations for the weekend: Instead of being able to enjoy your time off, you feel pressured to make the most of it and, at the same time, feel anxious about having to return to work on Monday.
Find ways to make your workdays less crowded. You can’t do it all in 24 hours, and there really is no reason to try. Decide what’s a top priority and what you can let go. If you have children, remember that they benefit from downtime during the week as well.
Manage your time during your workday so that you can be more efficient. For example, consider checking and returning emails and voice mail messages in batches at certain times of the day instead of continuously throughout the day as you receive them. This will reduce the interruptions and help you stay focused on the task at hand.
Give yourself a mid-week break. Five days is too long to go without having a break. Set aside something fun and relaxing to which you can look forward at the week’s mid-point. Not only will this give you a chance to unwind, this will make the time between breaks feel shorter and easier to manage.
This can consist of almost anything you enjoy: Maybe a girl’s night out, a family movie night, taking a pottery class, trying out a new restaurant with a group of friends or simply enjoying a romantic evening with your spouse or loved one.
Take small breaks daily. Even something as small as going for a short walk at lunch instead of staying at your desk can provide a change of scenery that will help ward off stress and keep you from feeling overwhelmed with work. Don’t underestimate the benefit of periodically taking time to mentally and emotionally recharge and refocus.
Also, don’t feel selfish for doing this. If, for example, taking time to unwind before facing an hour of grid-lock traffic after work will help get you through the evening without losing your mind, then go for it.
Allow for enough time on weekends to relax. You can’t recharge your batteries if you’re always using them. This might mean eliminating some activities or finding ways to outsource household chores, like cleaning and yard-work.
If you set aside time during the work week for fun, you’ll be less likely to feel like you have to pack your weekends full of fun activities. Even a weekend of too many fun activities can drain you, leaving you feeling unrested. Make an effort to plan your weekend activities with events that leave you feeling content and fulfilled, not frazzled and imposed upon.
Don’t stay up late on the weekends. Just because you can sleep in the next morning shouldn’t give you permission to go to bed late the night before.
Who can resist the temptation to sleep in? Unfortunately, this luxury comes at a high price: An upset sleep schedule can take a week to get back on track, and allowing your sleep schedule to fall apart again the next weekend sets you up for a merry-go-round sleep ride that’ll end up leaving you feeling perpetually tired.
Sticking to the same sleep schedule, regardless of the day of the week, will help you remain rested and energized during the week. What’s more, you might just find yourself being an early-bird on the weekends and actually liking it!
Determine whether you really like your job. If you still find yourself dreading Mondays no matter what you do, then maybe it’s time to think about a career change. True, this isn’t exactly an ideal economy in which to think about switching jobs or careers. But if your job leaves you feeling miserable, taking positive steps toward changing your situation can help you feel more in control and better able to cope with the day to day grind, and even possibly see it less of a grind.
A Final Thought
For better or worse, more time is spent at work than anywhere else. So it’s certainly worth your effort to carefully access how this time is spent so that you can find creative ways to enjoy your work days and not spend another Sunday afternoon dreading the next day.
Make every day count, and don’t just live for the weekends.
From the heady to the entertaining, panel discussions galore on tap for Monday at annual conference.
AUSTIN, TX — It’s hard to follow former vice president Joe Biden, who spoke Sunday at SXSW about his cancer-fighting mission dubbed “National Cancer Moonshot.” But Monday brings a slate of interesting and compelling speakers from many fields.
Among the highlights scheduled for Monday, March 13, to be staged at the Hyatt Regency Austin:
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WHAT THE GIF?! HOW GIFS HELP ADVANCE JOURNALISM
Steven Davy, PRI’s The World; Natalie Dudas-Thomson, WGBH; Katherine Griwert, Frontline WGBH
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Texas Ballroom 1-3
ENGINEERED COLLISIONS BETWEN GAMES AND NEWS
Cherisse Datu, Kelly Dunlap and Lindsay Grace and Joyce Rice, all with American University Game Lab
Texas Ballroom 5-7
DIGITAL CONTENT DEMANDS NEW SECURITY MINDSET
Chris Boylan, Wenner Media; Chris Buckley, Business Insider; Window Synder, Fastly; Zach Tollman, WIRED
Texas Ballroom 1-3
A POST-TRUTH WORLD? NOPE, WE CAN FIGHT FAKE NEWS
Eric Carvin, Associated Press; Lisa Fazio; Clarie Wardle, First Draft
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WATCHING THE WATCHMEN: DRONE JOURNALISM ETHICS
Kathleen Culver, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Alison Schary, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Texas Ballroom 1-3
PODCAST MOONLIGHTERS: LURING THE BEST FROM TV & PRINT
Tracy Clayton, BuzzFeed; Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept; Julia Shapiro, Radiotopia/PRX; Sarah Thyre, Earwold Media LLC
Texas Ballroom 5-7
HOW BOTS ARE AUTOMATING FACT CHECKING
Bill Adair, Duke University; Mevan Babakar, Full Fact; Chengkai Li, The University of Texas at Arlington; Alexios Mantarlis, International Fact-Checking Network/Poynter Institute
Texas Ballroom 1-3
CREATORS IN SOCIAL MEDIA: ENHANCING YOUR CONTENT
Liz Eswein; Michael Shabun, DJI; Julien Solomita, YouTube; Devin Supertramp, devinsupertramp
Texas Ballroom 5-7
Presented by DJI
A SHARED PURPOSE: KEYS TO LEVERAGING AUTHENTICITY
David Guttenfelder, National Geographic Creative
Texas Ballroom 1-3
Westin Austin Downtown
Adam Banicki, VICE Media
Raney Aronson-Rath, Frontline WGBH
Sarah Glover, NBC Owned Television Stations
While those are featured sessions, there are a number of others that promise to be thought-provoking. At 11 a.m., a talk titled “Muslim Girl Comes of Age” is scheduled with Amani Al-Khatahtbeh of Muslimgirl.com in Room 201-202 of the JW Marriott. Wrestling fans can catch John Cena of the WWE for his presentation at the Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, at 9:30 a.m. A panel will discuss “Legal Roadblocks for Startups” at the Hilton Austin Downtown hotel, Room 400-402 at 11 a.m.
The question “Is Anyone Paying Attention To Your Content?” with hope, will be answered during a 12:30 p.m. panel discussion to be staged at the Austin Convention Center, Zilker Ballroom 3-4. In the Development and Code track, folks from MIT Lab will discuss “Creativity and Coding: Inspiring Future Innovators” at the JW Marriott, Salon E, at 11 a.m. In the Government track, “When Should Data Become The Government’s Data” is sure to raise eyebrows and stress levels, during an 11 a.m. talk at the Austin Convention Center, Salon G, that includes U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder.
Fashion more your bag? The Style track will feature “Artificial Intelligence Is The Future Of Fashion,” hosted by Jenna Guarascio from Kohl’s; Juan Hinestroza of Cornell University; Sean Montgomery and Sabine Seymour of SUPA. That one’s scheduled at 12:30 p.m. in Salon 1-2 of the Austin Convention Center (ACC). “The Fashion Designer in the Age of Social Media” will be expounded upon by Marc Jacobs of Marc Jacobs International and Sally Singer of Vogue/Condé Nast in Ballroom D of the ACC at 11 a.m.
For those seeking a lighter Entertainment track, the cast of VEEP will be on hand. “VEEP: A Conversation with the Cast and Showrunners” is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. at the ACC, Ballroom D. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and the rest of the cast and producers will be there to undoubtedly delight audiences with biting humor. Gareth Edwards, the British film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, production designer, and visual effects artist will speak separately in his film keynote speech at 11 a.m., ACC, Room 18ABCD.
So yes, again, an array of presentations to fit every conceivable taste and interest. There are also talks in the Workplace, Tech, Health, Film & TV Industry, Gaming and various musical tracks. Check out the full schedule by clicking here.
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‘Monday Blues‘ is a sad feeling or slight depression that we feel when we join the work after a weekend or after a break. We all come across different people who feel low on Mondays and wait again for Fridays to come.
Why Do We Hate Mondays?
It’s hard to come down from the weekend, especially if you’ve had a great one that you wish wouldn’t have ended. People put a lot of burden on the beginning of their week, stop doing that and enjoy your Monday. There’s no reason to hate Mondays.
Mondays are exciting! It means a new week of opportunities, growth, and expansion. How many new people will I meet? What type of realizations and growth will happen for me in my own personal practice?
Follow these simple steps to beat Monday blues and greet the new week like it’s a Friday night.
Don’t skip breakfast
For most people, breakfast is nothing more than a morning meal which you either eat or avoid, but it is so much more. Starting your morning with breakfast will boost your metabolism. So EAT.
Pick either Friday or Saturday night to go out, and spend another evening staying home with friends. Find time to relax on weekend.
Hit the Gym – Workout
Working out before work or after not only gives energy but also reduces stress. Exercising gives you the productivity boost you’ve been looking for.
Plan your meal
Nutrition is really important if you want to maintain a high energy level. Plan your meal. Decide what you like the most. Take something delicious on Monday. You can also plan to eat your lunch with coworkers.
Plan ahead Sunday night
Decide your Monday morning outfit. This will eliminate stress and will make Monday’s more tolerable. Also, remember to reset the alarm in order to wake up on time and avoid being late for work.
Set weekly goals
Setting weekly goals help you to guide your week. On Monday, it’s easy to get stuck on taking care of emails that piled up over the weekend and tying up the loose ends of the past week. That’s why it will be best if you plan your week ahead, so you will be guided well with your work.
Listen to music
When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Music can affect your mood in many ways. Start your day with your favorite music.
Take small breaks throughout the day
Always try taking small breaks. Go for a walk and talk with your coworkers. Don’t stay glued all day.
How do you start your day? Do you start your day with happiness or sadness? With joy or anger? Starting your day with happiness, sets the right mood for the day. Start the week right by having a great Monday. We hope that this article has given you an inspiration. Check our blog on how Coworking can beat work burnouts.
Several factors lead to you dreading Mondays. You may be extremely infectious with your Monday blues and spread the bad vibe to those living with you.
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Most of us have been there: the clammy fear you feel as the weekend winds down and you’re left with a serious “Monday Blues” case — that down, lethargic feeling at the beginning of a new week of work.
These are the few ways that can assist you in beating the Monday blues.
Identify the problem
Identifying what’s wrong is the first thing to do. If you have this kind of feeling frequently, it’s because it may be because you’re not pleased with your work or you’re just thinking about the workload that you have. Seek to work out the problem. It’s empowering to take responsibility for your issues and trying to change your situation.
Stop overscheduling on Monday
It’s natural to feel stressed after coming back from a relaxing weekend when you’re flooded with meetings. Seek to stop holding Monday meetings or major jobs that require most of your attention on Mondays. If you are aware of the project, start tackling it the Friday before and avoid delaying it for the following week.
When you are struggling with how to juggle everything, try using time-management software to help you more effectively monitor your tasks and schedule events.
Find reasons for your demotivation
“Often the Monday blues may be an indication that you’re just not crazy about your work. When you don’t like what you’re doing and you go through tedious motions Monday through Friday, of course, Monday hangs like a damp blanket over your head all weekend,” says Kathryn Ely, counseling coach.
Seek to find the root of your fear by pondering where the dread comes from. If it is an overbearing manager or a challenging friend, it might be worth arranging a meeting with them to discuss certain problems. It could be time to start talking about making a move if it is the essence of your work that has you down.
Add excitement to your Monday work schedule
Make a list of the things that will bring you excitement. Whatever it is, just try to make a list of all the things you want to do. This will add an element of excitement to your work and will encourage you to enjoy your Mondays more. This exercise will put you in a good mood to help prevent the tension that comes from a Monday routine.
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The 18th January is Blue Monday, and it’s supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. But there are ways you can beat it! Plan ahead and don’t let Blue Monday get you down!
Blue Monday happens in the third week of January, and is calculated by an algorithm that takes into account typical weather patterns, the time since Christmas and before your January paycheque, plus the time it takes for your news years resolutions to fail or backfire.
Blue Monday is the day all of these realities typically combine. Add to that the legacy of 2020, national lockdowns, and the ongoing international fight against COVID-19, and Blue Monday 2021 is looking bluer than usual.
What can you do?
Don’t let Blue Monday creep up on you! Simple actions can make a big difference here, so you don’t have to worry.
Plan something. Get together with friends on video chat; treat yourself to some pampering; listen to uplifting music and steer clear of the moody vibes.
If you can get out of your home safely, try getting some fresh air on Sunday 17th. Facing the week fresh is key, and if you add an early night to that, you’re in a strong place.
Games can help
We’re a game studio, and we’re all about bringing people together through shared gaming experiences. You probably have memories of ruthlessly bankrupting your family members while playing MONOPOLY around the table. We certainly do! So why not recreate that?
Video chat has done so much to bridge the distance, and digital board games are making new memories all over the world.
Our board games can help distract from the Monday blues without flaunting lockdown rules. So why not invite your friends to play a round of MONOPOLY, THE GAME OF LIFE 2, or CLUEDO? You can also play against our AI opponents, or alongside other players around the world if you’re feeling extra social.
Looking after you
Your mental health is important and this year we need to be aware of how we’re feeling. It’s not just about Blue Monday, if you’re feeling down, you’re not alone.
Think of things that boost your mood and make them part of your routine. For example, you could start a weekly game night with friends, or listen to a favourite happy song after work every day.
Little changes can be set up as a recurring event in your calendar. These are often far easier to stick to than the big life-changing new years resolutions you may have set yourself. They can also have just as big an impact on your life.
Blue Monday doesn’t need to be so blue! Make plans now and you could find yourself brightening every Monday for the rest of the year.
How to Beat the Monday Blues
Does Monday seem to come around too quick? Do the Monday Blues start on Sunday evening? Do you dread the slump of Monday after the euphoria of Friday?
The Monday Blues can hit anyone at any stage in their career. It can be a short-term slump, fuelled by factors that are quickly and easily rectified or it can be symptomatic of a much bigger problem.
So, which is it? Short-term why-can’t-the-weekend-be-longer or deep-seated, pit-of-your-stomach-dread?
Post-Weekend Come Down
The blues or feeling low results from many things but, say researchers, if you continually over-indulge at weekends, Monday will always feel blue.
Over-eating, over-indulging, over-drinking etc. all culminate in an artificial high that leads to the routine of work (and Monday) bringing your down to earth with a bump.
- Have a more measured approach to your weekend – include plenty of time for socialising, but also schedule time for rest and relaxation.
- Watch your diet – three healthy meals a day are better than a greasy breakfast and take out for tea.
- Have an achievable weekend list – a source of the Monday Blues is the feeling of not having enough time to do the things that you want to do. Create a list of thing you want to get done when you leave work on Friday, but keep the list achievable. The feeling of guilt and low mood can come from not accomplishing everything you set out to do.
Ramp Up Your Workspace
Sitting in the same position, staring at the same screen, the same corner of the room and the same view gets monotonous. There is little, if any, spark of interest or motivation.
The time has come to have a move round with your desk, the objects on it, the view you look at and so on.
Clearly, you may be restricted by work boundaries, rules and regulations, which, if you are, you will need to seek permission to make changes. In most cases, this will be forthcoming so go ahead, make some changes.
- Add greenery – there is research that suggests adding a plant to your desk will give you an instant lift. Plants in the workplace are known to reduce stress and provide an uplift to your mood. And less stress and tension means more productivity – and that means your working day flies by.
- Move desks/offices/locations – if you can, make a move.
Might sound frivolous but smiling more uplifts your own mood. You may not feel like it, hunched behind your desk, grumpy that the weekend has gone so quick and it is another full 37 working hours before you can clock off from work until the next party weekend but, smiling more will make a difference.
There is research to suggest, although how scientific this survey was remains to be seen, that people did not smile until 11.18am on a Monday morning when at work.
Take Time Off
When the Monday Blues strike, it can be indicative of something bigger. However, for some people it is a short-term problem that is easily resolved by taking time off.
When we work for long stretches at a time without a break longer than a weekend, it can feel like we are on a treadmill. Although we enjoy the familiarity of routine, it can become monotonous.
And if you find yourself sat at your desk or work station thinking “back again!” and being less than your happy smiling self, then the time has come to book some time off.
From a long weekend to a full-on fortnight break, a change of scenery from your workplace can be exactly what you need.
Make a Permanent Change
A short-term break may be the solution. Or it may not.
The solution may be something far bigger and far more exciting – a complete change of job or career. It might fill you with dread the thought of applying for a new job, the interview process and the uncertainty of starting a new job in a new place.
But is that a worse feeling than the Monday Blues?
Deciding on a new career may mean upskilling your qualifications so that you have a fantastic looking CV. Home learning is a great solution.
You get to study great courses like mental health courses or how to be a teaching assistant to special needs children and more – from the comfort of your own home. With flexible payment options and great support, you could leave the Monday Blues behind and welcome a new career.
Here I am literally in my all time favourite Monday morning pose! Do you have one too?
Several studies have proven that Monday is the hardest day of the week for many people. As a society we have been conditioned to think of Monday as the worst day of the week. Just look at how many Monday Blues songs that have been written or the ever famous “I Don’t Like Mondays” Boomtown Rats song.
For me one thing that has always saved my Monday is having a special Monday outfit ready. Even whilst working in Finance I always had a special chic but comfy outfit ready for Monday in the office. It may sound like something small but it sure made a big difference to my new week.
Visiting a Favourite Shop of mine, Maison Gassmann last week, I came across 5 fabulous blue pieces which I simply had to grab to show you. They are both super comfy and chic in one.
Keep reading for more about: “How to Beat the Monday Blues Wearing Blue!”
How to Beat the Monday Blues Wearing Blue!
This is a fabulous plush stretch trouser with matching top set. The perfect outfit for home or even to go out shopping – teamed with boots and a sleeveless puffer vest.
Note the pretty bracelets from Suenia Zurich – the perfect accessory.
This outfit is available online here and great value at CHF 165 for the Dahlia Chenille trousers and CHF 165 for the Valdall Chenille Top – available online here.
For that little bit of a special touch why not try teaming the trousers with this fabulous oversized turtle neck top.
I am in love with the pretty silk inlays on the sides.
I am wearing the top in a size Large, simply because I love the oversized feel. Available online here.
Alternatively on those days where it seems warm inside – team the trousers with a simple silk top.
Silk top available online here.
The top also makes for the perfect thing to wear under this fabulous stretch wooden blazer. So soft that it feels like home wear yet nice enough to wear to the office.
I’ve teamed the outfit with boots, but if I were going tot he office I would wear fabulous heeled pumps instead.
According to the universe, the third Monday in January, and particularly in colder regions like ours, has taken the title as the most depressing day of the year. Some say that feeling holds because of the colder, grey days combined with post-holiday bills coming in along with less social gatherings. This year, some of us may feel it even more so with continued pandemic protocols in place in many places. Even for those who head to sunnier climates feel like it’s just not the same with all sorts of travel worries and mask reminders. It’s clear that those who feel less “winter blues” try to make the most of it. Bundling up, keeping busy and getting fresh air — all helpful.
We pulled together some ways that help our team get through this time of year that doesn’t always necessarily mean extra spending. We hope you’ll find something that can help…
REFRESH: the ritual of taking down the holiday decor and then decluttering is something we don’t necessarily feel like doing but it actually feels good once you do it. Take one room, or one area, at a time so it’s not so overwhelming. We all have things that we love that we love to display. Switch them around now. Put out things you LOVE and put away things you LIKE for another day and TOSS away things that have done their duty…with gratitude of course, as Marie Kondo would tell us.
Photo by Maarten Deckers/ Unsplash
PLANT LIFE: fresh flowers around the home helps lift moods but so do houseplants – plus they’ll last longer. Consider adding new plants around windows and common areas in the home, don’t forget about the home office. Not sure what do get? Check with your local florist to find out what suits your lifestyle and pay attention to what requires direct or indirect sunlight. “This time of year, what’s popular to gift yourself or anyone else is the Money Tree, as it’s close to the Lunar New Year and is thought to bring positive energy and good luck,” says Sonya. It requires medium/indirect light and doesn’t require much water in the winter months. It’s also safe to be around pets.
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SCENTS: Surround yourself with subtle scents -what’s your mood? lavender is calming, mint is rejuvenating, eucalyptus is great for clarity and focus, vanilla is warm and cozy, and anything citrus is a mood lifter. Candles, bubble bath, lotions, room scent diffusers are great to have handy. Sonya suggests Saje Wellness’s Liquid Sunshine (Lime, Bergamot, Grapefruit) essential oil blend to bring a burst of happiness into your daily life.
GET CREATIVE: Now is a great time to explore your creative side. Try something new or return to a favourite hobby – photography, painting, writing, poetry, origami, clay making, knitting, learning how to play an instrument? Do something for you. Not for anyone else. Take that course or workshop you’ve always wanted to do — a virtual improv class with The Comedy Coop, anyone?
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READ ON!: Get to that pile of books next to your bedside table or discover something new. Nathalie gives us her latest list worthy of your time for these most uncomfortable times. Link to her list here.
LISTEN TO MUSIC: Okay, we have The Weeknd’s latest DawnFM on repeat. It’s got a new fresh vibe, almost healing in feel. It all feels so familiar yet modern day. We just don’t need anymore stress in our lives right now, right? While the groove is smooth you may also find yourself wanting to switch gears– something that will get you up and moving. Whatever that is. Maybe it’s the soundtrack to Sing 2? Jump on Spotify and create your own playlists of your favourite songs.
Also, mark your calendars! On January 24, CONCERT OF HOPE features Grammy and Juno award-winning musicians and people who’ve been touched by mental illness and still creating amazing art. The concert will be streamed on the High Notes Avante Facebook page and the Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre page. Admission is free but donations to Canada Helps are greatly appreciated.
LISTEN TO A PODCAST OR AUDIOBOOK: Give your eyes a break and take in your latest read by just listening. If you’re into podcasts, then check out Smartless with Will Arnett, Sean Hayes, and Justin Bateman. Each episode brings on a celebrity or other notable human being for a fascinating and/or hilarious interview. Guaranteed to make you smile or LOL while you’re out and about.
GET CONNECT WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY: spend actual time with a friend or family member on a Zoom or gasp…an actual phone call. Or if you’re comfortable, physically go out for a walk and turn your phones on silent mode.
KEEP MOVING: We get that it’s not that appealing to bundle up and head out on a -20C day but be sure to carve out time in the day to stretch and move. Hula-hoop if you want! Dance! Just keep moving! Sticking to a routine and relying on a community to inspire accountability like Orangetheory Fitness can spark the challenge you need to show up.
GET OUTSIDE: Bundle up and explore wherever you live. Revisit areas that you haven’t been to in a while. Beaches aren’t just for summer! Plan out a walking route to check out various outdoor public art installations that are free! Sonya tells us there are over 400 artworks from sculptures to murals in Toronto to check out (map here). Also, hit up some of the city’s greatest public parks like High Park, Evergreen Brickworks, Downsview Park, Sherwood Park, Lower Don River, Rouge Valley, and Scarborough Bluffs.
GET COOKING: Tap into your culinary side! Libby suggests getting your creative juices flowing with a new cookbook, recipe or Tik Tok trend. You can always invite your friends and family to join in the fun. Share your recipes or even create a family cookbook together and have I professionally printed and bound by companies like Shutterfly.
- Michael Waters
Mandag er vanligvis en vanskelig dag å passere. Du kan føle mangel på motivasjon til å gjøre ting på mandag i forhold til andre dager – hovedsakelig fordi det er den første arbeidsdagen i uken, og det blir veldig vanskelig å komme tilbake til arbeidsflyten hvis du slapper av deg selv fra helgen. Tim over Studentl.inc peker ut fem ting for å takle dette problemet og skape en mer positiv følelse for dagen:
- Planlegg et møte eller foreta spesielle lunsjplaner mandag morgen.
- Gå til treningsstudioet.
- Start noe på fredag, så du kan avslutte på mandag.
- Ta jobben ut av helgene.
- Stå opp tidligere enn normalt på mandager.
De tredje tipsene, Starte noe på fredag, slik at du kan avslutte en oppgave raskt på mandag er en ganske god idé. Jo raskere du har fullført en oppgave mandag morgen, jo raskere kan du forsterke av følelsen av prestasjoner, noe som kan gi deg bedre trekkraft for dagen.
Hatt tips til Tim for nyhetene!
Tenk om å slå på mandagens Blahs – [studentl.inc]
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ERA Real Estate professionals were in for a real treat when inspirational speaker and author Zan Monroe took the stage during the ERA 2013 International Business Conference to deliver his new talk track, Marketing Mondays, for the first time. During the hour, the inaugural audience learned a very valuable lesson: work on your business in the morning and work in your business during the afternoon.
And the best day to do this? Monday. Zan explained that marketing done on a Monday is more effective because people are more susceptible to changing their behavior on a Monday. Case in point – think about the last time you started a diet. I bet it was on a Monday.
Polling more than 20 top agents, including some from ERA Real Estate, Zan offered the simple things today’s best agents are doing to make a huge difference in their business. Starting your day at 7 a.m. and ending it around 5 p.m., here’s what a Marketing Monday could look like for you.
Working on Your Business
7-8 a.m.: There are three keys to success: mindset, skill set, and actions. Of these, mindset is most important. You must be in the right frame of mind to build your skill set and act effectively. Therefore, many top agents begin the day with a head-clearing workout, they plan their meals (6 small balanced meals a day), and give thanks for every day. In fact, one agent writes the same affirmation 25 times a morning, beginning at 7 a.m. And that is: he believes he has the right to be successful.
8-9 a.m.: Some people have a plan but they do not believe in it. Some people believe but they do not have a plan. Successful people have a plan, believe in it and follow it. One agent polled by Van suggests this tip: at 8 a.m., review your written business plan, review your monthly goals, create a plan for this coming week that addresses those goals and then prioritize activities each day based on your plan.
9-10 a.m.: Work on cleaning out your database so that it consists of only current and high potential clients, including friends and family referrals. With Zan’s help, one agent reduced her database of 18,000 names to 2,000 and ultimately 200 contacts. Here’s a tip to manage your database. Break it out into four buckets: A clients, which are your raving fans; B clients, people who could be raving fans if you put more effort into the relationship; C clients, current clients; and D clients, people you do not know or care to work with. Delete the D clients from the database.
This agent then focused on staying in touch with her buyers, sellers, and sphere of influence with birthday cards, phone calls, wine and cheese gatherings and client lunches. She also sends them relevant real estate information to position herself as an expert. Once she did that, her profits went through the roof. This agent’s motto is now: see the people, serve the people, save them from bad realtors.
One more tip on this. It is really important to get to know your clients from the very beginning. For starters on how to do that, check out Zan’s Buyer Interview document and Client Information Sheet.
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[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou know the drill: you are happy to finish work on Friday and hit the town (clubs, restaurants or a dinner party with friends, depending on your age/lifestyle); then you spend Saturday getting over Friday night and doing some house work (if you are up for it), and then it’s Sunday.
[pull_quote_center]That’s the weekend gone. It’s already Monday morning and you are already dreading it.[/pull_quote_center]
Even if your routine is slightly different to the one above, you are still likely to feel the Monday Blues. Don’t let that ruin your workout and your day. Here’s how to turn it to your advantage.
GET YOUR GYM BAG READY
If you are anything like me, you will have an empty gym bag and a pile of gym clothes waiting to be ironed. Scrap that. Have an early dinner on Sunday and spend the evening ironing your gym (and work) clothes. To make the time pass quicker, get one of the music channels on the TV.
You could watch a film but I find it difficult to concentrate on the ironing and watch a film at the same time. I think it’s to do with multitasking and men 🙂
[quote_center]When you are done with the ironing, get your gym bag ready.[/quote_center]
GO TO BED EARLY
You’ll probably feel like going to bed early anyway but if you don’t – go to bed early. Even if you don’t feel “sleepy”, take a magazine or a book and read before you go to sleep. Try to avoid watching TV in bed or checking pictures on Instagram.
The blue-spectrum light emitted from your gadgets affects the melatonin flow (the hormone necessary for sleep). It makes you more alert and disturbs your sleep.
GET UP EARLY AND GO TO THE GYM
Easier said than done but that’s exactly what you need to do. Get up really early on Monday morning, have a large glass of water (I put a slice of lemon in it), a quick cup of coffee and a banana with a protein shake, and go to the gym.
[quote_box_center]I have a session with my personal trainer on Monday mornings. It’s the most demanding workout of the week for me but despite that, I feel much more energised and ready to start the week.[/quote_box_center]
I promise you that going to the gym early on a Monday morning and doing a good workout, will lift you up and prepare you for the week ahead.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO FACE MONDAY (AND THE WEEK AHEAD)
Have a shower, put some clean clothes on, have a big breakfast and start the day. You will be full of endorphins which will drown any reminders of the Monday Blues in your brain.
[quote_center]You will feel happy, uplifted and ready to start your Monday on a high.[/quote_center]
It doesn’t really take all that much to eliminate the negativity and the downs that come with that “Monday feeling”. Preparation and anticipation is the key to beating the Monday Blues.
[quote_box_center]If you turn all of the above into your Sunday evening/Monday morning routine, you are set to become a happier person, ready to achieve things. Try it.[/quote_box_center]
The beginning of the work week is a tough one for many of us, especially those who have spent the weekend on a road trip or used it to research their next getaway. Monday can bring about depression, sadness, anxiety and overall realization of ‘oh, I am such a corporate slave’. Though fret not – a few simple tactics can help you overcome this feeling. It’s important to do so because let’s face it, Monday will come back around every week and this repeated ‘Monday dread’ can really wear you out over time causing psychological stress that can effect your health in the long run.
1. Work late on a Friday
Sounds crazy, right? Friday is one day when you want to just rush out of the office as early as possible. What we usually don’t realize is that we are already in a work flow on Friday from the rest of the week and you should use that to prep for the Monday to come. Align your tasks beforehand and plan your day so you will know exactly what to expect when Monday rolls around a couple of days later.
2. Take 30 minutes out on the weekend to check your email
Let’s face it. It’s 2018 and we can almost never totally switch off. It is the world of constant connectivity and we need to use it constructively. By taking 30 minutes out on the weekend you can be have a heads up on any unexpected surprises which may creep up in your inbox over the weekend. You don’t need to reply to any of the emails but it will help you be mentally prepared for Monday before it happens.
3. Get real about it
Don’t fight Monday. Accept it. It’s not going anywhere; it’s here to stay for 24 hours, so what’s the point in fighting it? We has humans tend to build up a lot of necessary drama around things we dislike. When we resist something in our minds it just resists back and causes stress. Just accept that it’s just another day of the week which you need to go through, dive headfirst into it and before you know it, it will be over.
4. Start your Monday early
It’s going to take some practice to do this as our sleep cycles tend to mess up over the weekend, but it’s really does do wonders. Start Monday early- if your office starts at 9 am, get to work around 8:15 and you will be amazed at how much more time you have for yourself. Getting to work early allows you to sit peacefully at your desk and have your coffee, letting you mentally ease in to the work week.
5. Eat your favorite breakfast
This ties in to the point above. If you wake up early you have the time to eat your favorite breakfast, be it waffles or nihari. Having a happy tummy goes a long way in lifting your mood, not to mention giving you the energy you need to power through the day.
6. Prep everything the night before
Clothes not ironed and the electricity goes off; you are late for work and cannot find your laptop charger – these are typical scenarios that happen on a Monday morning. Take 10-15 minutes out the night before to iron your clothes, and pack up any items you need for work the next day so you wake up knowing exactly where everything is without having to rush through any preps.
This is probably the most important of all. Over the weekend take a few minutes out to think about the coming week, any possible stressors and how you will handle it. Do it with mindfulness and write it down if possible. We spend way too much time focusing on how we feel and reacting to it versus thinking about why we feel that way and how we can handle ourselves better. A little mindfulness goes a long way.
8. Be thankful
Our jobs may be a pain at times but we need to realize that it is the reason why (most of us) are able to fund our travels. I know that there is no way I would have ever been able to afford a 3-week Eurotrip if it weren’t for my job. So, look at the bigger picture rather than focusing on the one little day that bothers you. After all, when you are able to take that vacation, there would be Mondays you’d be waking up to while on a beautiful sandy beach or a majestic mountaintop – and that goal is what makes it all worth it.
When I finally open my eyes on Monday mornings, I often hope that I’m somehow mistaken— that I’ve actually woken up on a Sunday. And then, after daydreaming for entirely too long, I stand up, drop a bagel in the toaster and spend time with my wife, who typically feels just as sluggish as I do.
As I think deeper about this cycle of “wishing away” Monday mornings, I realize that Mondays generate anxiety, apprehension and unrest. They bring about so much new—new projects, new responsibilities, new schedules and, most prominently, new fears. I often feel powerless as I wrestle with the pit in my stomach. In these moments, my self-talk rarely provides the warmth and encouragement I need: Why do I feel this way? It’s just another week. I’ve survived many, many Mondays. This one is no different. I’ll be fine.
If you’ve ever felt this way, you understand the unruly thought process that surfaces on Monday mornings. You understand the predictable tension between staying in bed and rising for the day. And you understand the anxiety that makes it so difficult to enter the workplace for the start of a new week.
But what if I tried something totally different? What if, instead of giving in to to these overwhelming feelings, I dove into Scripture to find the strength to endure another day? Throughout the Bible, the Lord offers peace, encouragement and assurance; through his Word, I may find the confidence to tackle the Monday blues.
Meditate on these five verses as you seek the Lord on a Monday morning:
- The Lord will give you rest when you feel tired.
Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. – Matthew 11:28-29 (GNTD)
- The Lord will give you strength when you feel weak.
Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God;
he created all the world.
He never grows tired or weary.
No one understands his thoughts.
He strengthens those who are weak and tired . – Isaiah 40:28-29 (GNTD)
- The Lord will give you peace when you feel anxious.
The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. – Colossians 3:15 (GNTD)
- The Lord will give you confidence when you feel uncertain.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (GNTD)
- The Lord will give you hope when you feel hopeless.
May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (GNTD)
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Mondays signal the beginning of yet another productive week of work. However, not everyone feels this way toward Mondays. Weeks start with you feeling anxious, blue, or stressed out. You are demotivated and sluggish. When this is the case, you might be suffering from Monday Blues.
Take it easy. It is dreadful but there are ways to fight Monday blues. Read this article to find out some ways on how to deal with Monday Blues.
- What causes Monday blues?
- What were the most interesting tips for you?
- What were the tips that you didn’t find very useful?
- In general, how do you view or how do you feel about Mondays?
- What do you do to cope with Monday Blues?
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What causes Monday blues? I think these negative feelings may come up if you don’t feel passionated by your job and you don’t like it. I think job environment is very important too.
What were the most interesting tips for you? The first 2 ones, identify the problem to face it and prepare the job you are doing on Monday on Friday so you’ll be willing to start working on Monday.
What were the tips that you didn’t find very useful? have a post work plan and some tips may be included in others.
In general, how do you view or how do you feel about Mondays? I don’t have those bad feelings about Mondays, I like to start the working week.
What do you do to cope with Monday Blues? I don’t have that situation, but I would try to have a good planning and start Mondays with som work prepared from Friday.
It’s true what you said, a good work environment could really help in preventing you from suffering from Monday blues. Thanks for sharing your insights. Here is a correction for you:
I think these negative feelings may come up if you don’t feel passionated by your job and you don’t like it.
> I think these negative feelings may come up if you don’t feel passionate about your job and you don’t like it.
Keep practicing your writing skills. You’re doing good so far.
Question 1: perhaps the idea to begin a new week with some projects to carry out. Think in all stuffs or responsibilities to do…
Question 2: In my opinion the most interesting points are:
Prepare for Monday on Friday, unplug for the weekend, dress for success, be positive, keep Monday schedule light, have fun at work and have a post-work plan.
Question 3: personally the less useful tips are identify the problem, make a list of things you’re excited, wake up early on Mondays, make someone happy.
Question 4: I totally agree with this article and unfortunately all my life I have suffered a case of Monday blues. On the other hand, I have the Friday feelings so I can balance out!
Question 5: I try to cope with Monday blues thinking that it’s an only day, that I know this feeling and I’ll lead, trying to be positive and doing some of tips writing in the article as dress for success, organizing my agenda light on Monday’s or planning a post-work plan.
Mondays can be the worst, we know! Knowing how to deal with it helps a great deal for sure.
Please take a look at how you can express this sentence better by choosing your words carefully.
I totally agree with this article and unfortunately all my life I have suffered a case of Monday blues. On the other hand, I have the Friday feelings so I can balance out!
> I totally agree with this article but unfortunately, I have suffered a case of Monday blues all my life. On the other hand, I have that Friday feeling to balance it out!
You are doing a good job so far. Keep it up.
Sometimes Mondays are a real grind. Photograph: Steve Murez/Getty
Sometimes Mondays are a real grind. Photograph: Steve Murez/Getty
Poor old Monday. You almost have to feel sorry for this pariah of the working week, loathed by everyone. If days of the week were wine gums, Monday would be the green one.
Such rampant unpopularity is not, strictly speaking, Monday’s fault. Yes, it’s a day of grey, thankless toil. But what separates Monday out from the rest of the working week is its irritating habit of popping up right after the weekend.
You get 48 blessed hours of being able to get up when you like, wear what you like, do what you like and see who you like. And then along comes Monday morning, a dreary reminder that life is not one long episode of CSI, but instead you have to work for a living.
And that means answering a phone that rings so relentlessly that you’re tempted to chuck it out of the window. It means smiling at people you find irritating, minuting meetings that are so pointless you want to scream, and wrestling with a photocopier which jams the instant you press Staple and Collate.
It may only be 9.48am, but already you feel like going home, getting into bed and pulling the duvet over your head. But there’s fat chance of that, because an entire five days of drudgery stretches unendingly before you. Next weekend is so far away that it feels entirely plausible that humanity will have come up with a solution to global warming, or even a photocopier which works properly, by Friday afternoon.
But why dwell on the dark side of life? While that Monday morning feeling might not be wholly curable, there are plenty of ways to relieve the symptoms. Let’s take a canter through the various remedies on offer:
Option one – prepare ahead
According to this school of thought, the best way to beat the Monday blues is by making sure you’re fresh and ready to make the best of this most unforgiving of days. Sunday nights should be all about curling up in front of the television, ready to hop into bed at ten, with Antiques Roadshow and a cup of cocoa. It’s not exactly wild and crazy.
But preparing ahead doesn’t suit everyone. Arriving into work all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed can just makes the stark horror of Monday morning all the clearer. So what to do instead?
Option two – denial
Some people refuse to worry about work at all. In fact, they spend their weekends so determined not to think about Monday that they’re often still refusing to acknowledge its existence when the dreaded day itself rolls round. You’ll find them skulking in the kitchen, their hair at sixes and sevens and their ears ringing with tinnitus after a weekend of solid clubbing. Unfortunately, this is not the strategy to get you a promotion – which brings us to the final plan of Monday morning attack, one which should at least protect you from disciplinary proceedings.
Option three – go out to lunch
It might not sound like much, but lunch with your friends will remind you of at least one nice thing about work: you get to socialise. And indeed celebrate having seen off that Monday morning feeling for another week – by the time you get back into the office, it’ll be two in the afternoon. And with any luck, the Monday morning blues will have faded from view as quickly as your weekend did.
You know that feeling when you wake up on a Monday morning and it’s raining outside, your alarm clock goes off at 6 am with no coffee in sight? It can feel like an uphill battle.
Everyone’s productivity is affected by our Mondays Blues – both for those around us as well as ourselves! There are often negative feelings spread throughout the office when we’re unhappy at work, which makes things very difficult not just personally, but also professionally too. Since one person has a bad mood, swings might affect everyone else who works alongside them.
Lucky for all of us though, because today I have some tips about how to make these mornings suck.
Don’t live for the weekends
It’s no secret that people who are stressed at work tend to be much happier on the weekends. They get time for themselves, spend quality one-on-one moments with family or friends and do things they love without any guilt of neglecting their responsibilities during weekdays!
So don’t only look forward to Saturday nights when you can have fun in new ways. Plan some activities throughout these 7 days too, even if it means setting aside an evening just playing games online while catching up over coffee afterward (or even before).
There isn’t anything wrong with taking care of ourselves by relaxing once every seven days. It does wonder in improving your mood which will certainly make life more enjoyable overall, but don’t do it one day a week, do it a little daily!
Don’t mess with your sleep cycle
Sleep is a precious thing. It can be difficult to get enough of it, especially after a busy night of adventures with girls in the club.
Sleep helps us prepare our bodies for future challenges by repairing any damage done during Friday night benders or long hours at work – so resist those old habits! 7-9 hours will help you to be well-rested, refreshed and ready for anything that comes your way!
Wake up early on Monday
When you wake up before the rest of your family, it’s an opportunity for some well-deserved alone time. You can get ready and just spend five or ten minutes focusing only on yourself without thinking about what needs to be done during that hectic day ahead!
We advise you to catch the moment and take our Energy Boost – Be Strong , to be sure you will make face all the problems during the day
Dress for success
New dress, new day.
You can wear red to feel more confident when heading into work on Monday morning! Some studies recommend wearing the color of love for an extra boost in your career goals and aspirations.
Whatever you do though – don’t forget that being well-dressed means being one of those people setting the energy around them so others are ready to succeed too; it’ll take care of both worlds with just one outfit change each day 🙂 So treat this Monday like an event!
Allow yourself something special today! Treat yourself with a little snack or online shopping during lunch hour. Get those new kicks that will remind us all why we do what we do by giving ourselves these occasional indulgences – they help make life worth living again in an otherwise mundane world filled only with drudgery.
You can make your day more positive with the right attitude. Small changes will add up over time, so start now!
Thanksgiving was Americans’ favorite day of 2013, according to a recent Gallup poll. Throughout the year, the Gallup polling company conducts more than 175,000 surveys to determine what days most Americans are happiest, and which they find most stressful. At the most basic level, the findings can be summarized as: Americans love getting time off from work.
Memorial Day took second prize in terms of favorite days, and was closely followed by Christmas and two random Saturdays — June 8 and September 28. Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the Saturday before Martin Luther King Day were also all in the top ten, rounded out with Sunday, June 9. (June 8-9 was just a good weekend, it seems.)
Some of the worst days, defined as when people felt most stressed and least happy, correlated with major news events. On June 3, the nation’s worst day, the WikiLeaks trial began, while on the third-worst day, February 28, the United States was approaching budget sequestration. Obama’s remarks on the war in Syria and the Washington Navy Yard shootings occurred on September 10 and September 16, respectively, the eighth and ninth worst days. Most notably, four of the worst days occurred on Mondays, and none occurred on a Friday or a weekend.
The Monday blues are nothing new — people are often stressed, tired, and rushed heading into a busy work week. But there are steps you can take to make your weekdays more like your weekends. Find your happy place with these simple tips:
1) Get more sleep. One major contributor to weekday stress is lack of sleep. According to another Gallup poll, 40% of Americans get far less than the recommended seven hours a night. People tend to sleep in on weekends, but don’t get to bed early enough to get enough zzz’s on weekdays. Fixing that will feel better.
2) Watch less television. Watching television yields diminishing returns. If you have a favorite show that you look forward to tuning into once a week, then by all means do it. But if you’re just spacing out on the couch flipping through channels, no wonder your weekday is falling flat. People often say they watch TV because they’re too tired to do anything else — but then they’re on the couch until midnight, instead of asleep. If you’re too tired to do anything but watch TV, then you should just go to sleep.
3) Make more midweek plans. Another common denominator of American’s favorite days of the year? Beyond being holidays, they were days that are spent connecting with people. Often, we get too bogged down with our responsibilities to make time to do this during the week, figuring we’ll save it for the weekend. Instead, spread out the love. Plan to meet a friend for lunch or dinner mid-week, or ask one to be your exercise buddy on morning walks during the week.
4) Stop hurrying. Being in a rush will always feel stressful, and it could make your whole day feel worse. Try to give yourself enough time to do what you need to do. Waking up just 20 minutes earlier to enjoy a cup of coffee and not have to run out the door could give your day the calm, focused start you need to get things going on the right track.
5) Give yourself a start-of-the-week treat. If you know you hate Mondays, try to find something that you do like to do that day. (Or if Wednesday is the day that always drags you down, schedule it for then.) If there’s a tough meeting you have to go to, don’t schedule it for a down day. If you know you always get stuck in traffic on a certain morning, leave a little earlier and stop to get breakfast on your way in instead.
6) Turn off the news. What’s going on in national news does tend to have an effect on the national mood. If you’re the type of person who gets really absorbed by watching bad news unfold, tell yourself to turn it off, particularly when something dramatic like a shooting happens that might yield a lot of coverage. I call it ‘potato chip news’ — it doesn’t have a lot of substance to it, but it gets people very worked up. Read what you need to read to be informed in 20 minutes, and then turn it off. A recent study showed that people who watched significant amounts of news about the Boston Marathon bombing felt even worse than people who had been there.
7) Take the time to evaluate. What’s the real key to any of these changes? You have to take the time to figure out what is making you happy, what isn’t, and how to act on it. People tend to let things wash them. Taking the time to make these minor adjustments can go far to help lower stress and increase happiness.
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Does the start of your work week trigger overwhelming feelings of anxiety, sadness or all of a sudden stress that doesn’t come up on Fridays. Do you lack passion and motivation on Monday morning? Are you sluggish or tense? If your answer to any these questions is a ‘yes’, you might have a case of Monday blues and this post is just for you. There are a number of reasons that could cause this, which include and is not limited to stress, misdirection, wrong career path etc. I would be sharing with you all 5 tips on how to get over the ‘Monday blues’
““Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].” – MATTHEW 11:28 AMP
Take your fears or anxiety to God and ask Him why you feel this way every time. Sometimes we might not be walking in God’s purpose in our life. Which might bring about the uneasiness. Pray and ask Him for what you can do to see everyday as a blessed day. Note that not everyone feels this way on Mondays, not everyone is counting down to Fridays. Ask Him to re-align your steps. Let’s say you are actually in line with God’s plan for your life, still ask Him to remove the spirit of heaviness you feel on Mondays.
2. Take a deep breath
Sometimes it could be because you are nervous about what you want to achieve that week at work, try practicing these breathing technique;
Place your hand on your belly and take a deep breath through your nose filling your lower lungs, expending your belly not your chest. Exhale slowly and repeat. Do this a few times until your breath stabilizes.
3. Start of your day with music.
Turn on the volume (well it depends on your environment, you don’t want your neighbors complaining) of your favorite playlist. Listen to it, dance if you want to.
4. Speak and surround yourself with positivity.
You can also start your day with positive affirmations or listening to motivational podcasts or videos. Here are a few I listen to.
5. Get enough sleep.
Sometimes the reason you are feeling stressed is probably because you haven’t slept well. I recommend getting at least 8 hours sleep the night before the new work week. Typically this works for me, I discovered when I am well rested on Sunday i am well energized to take on the new week.
So here you have it 5 tips on how to beat the Monday blues. Do you have other tips do share!
Posted on 30 August 2019 by AF Web
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I’m sure we can identify with that “Sunday night feeling”; you know, the sinking feeling that signals the end of the weekend and the start of a new working week. This is so much worse following a lovely two-week holiday in sunny climes and the Monday blues can be hard to beat.
To make this transition a little less daunting we have crafted some simple tips to follow to get you back into work-mode and face those Monday blues.
1. Preparation – Your first day back may be overwhelming so try to get a good nights’ sleep. Allow plenty of time for your journey and enjoy a healthy breakfast – (after over indulging on the all-inclusive options).
2. Email overload – – The average worker spends roughly 13 hours a week on emails so after a two week break your inbox may appear endless, but don’t worry there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Prioritising is key. Whilst on the subject of keys, you may take a moment to check the state of your keyboard and blast away those crumbs and dust particles. A few short sharp blasts with an AF Sprayduster makes short work of this task.
Top Tip: Use a sheet of white paper underneath the keyboard whilst cleaning; you will be amazed at the food particles, eyelashes and general grime that is trapped.
3. Take a break – You are quite likely to be feeling a little sluggish and it is therefore really important to take regular short breaks from your screen. Studies have found that taking regular breaks can increase productivity and creativity. If you opt for a caffeine boost, why not use the time wisely and choose an element of your workstation to clean up quickly whilst the kettle boils.
4. Get organised – Taking the time to create a to-do list can really help set goals and ease the pressure of what seems an unmanageable workload. If you have stacks of unnecessary paperwork, clear this away into the recycling. A tidy desk equals a tidy mind.
5. Stay calm – After two weeks of taking things at your own pace, the deadline delirium can soon set back in and your holiday seems to become a distant memory. Taking time out for you ensures that you are working to the best of your ability. Switching tasks that are becoming troublesome does not always count as procrastination. Changing focus can actually work in your favour as when you return to the task you have a clearer mind and fresh approach.
6. Stay Well – Did you know that 60% of workplace illness is contracted from contaminated office equipment? I’m sure you agree the last thing you want is the norovirus straight away after a relaxing break. My advice is use an AF Anti-bac+ Sanitizing surface wipe to hygienically clean your mouse and desk surface. It kills up to 99.999% of bacteria and viruses and only takes 30 seconds to work.
Remember you’re not alone; the back to work blues affects us all to some extent, it’s how you manage it that counts. Here at AF International we believe that a regular cleaning regime positively improves wellbeing. The comprehensive range of screen, keyboard, desk, phone and tech cleaning products don’t impact on your day as cleaning is fast and effective.
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Mondays. There are songs about it, there’s horror stories about it and it’s usually the day that people don’t enjoy. It marks the start of a new week at work and all the stress it brings. It’s okay to not be super happy that Monday is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to let Monday blues get the better of you.
When facing the monday blues, be proactive and try to start the week on the front foot. You can try meditation, guided meditation, mindfulness or even practice a morning routine. As a result, you can be relaxed, productive and positive. Whatever it is you do, it’s best to arm yourself with some tips to get rid of Monday blues and start your week right!
How to beat Monday blues!
Breakfast. It’s the first meal of the day, and of your week. Eating a healthy and hearty breakfast that you enjoy will get you in the right frame of mind. It fuels your day, gives you energy and allows you to attack the day and week ahead of you. Eat right and beat the Monday blues!
Check-in. Once you’re done with your morning routine and are well fed & watered, sit down for a few moments and take stock of things. From your personal point of view and professional point of view, reflect on how you’re feeling heading into this week. Observe your feelings, your body and your current state of mind. If anything needs tweaking, take measures to do so. In case you’re a bit anxious or stressed, release your tension or take a few deep breaths to balance yourself. In case you’re happy and excited, channel that energy into your tasks for the day.
Meditate. A great way to start your week is to spend time with yourself. Taking out 5-10 minutes of your Monday for meditation can work wonders. It allows you to spend time with your thoughts and balance yourself, giving you a sense of calm in case the new week is overwhelming. Any anxiety or stress you may have will disappear within minutes, and you can do it whenever you want in the morning! All you need is 5 minutes and a quiet corner, and meditation to beat Monday blues is possible. Try Evolve’s guided audios and exercises which make meditation light & joyful, and allow you to balance yourself and beat the Monday blues.
Prioritise your tasks. Make a to-do list of all the work you need to complete at work and at home during the week. Of course, work can often be dynamic and task lists change, but try and be on top of things you can control right now. Sort out these tasks based on their urgency and importance. This will bring clarity to your day and more importantly, your week. You can even try our focus audios! They help you clear out distractions and provide a boost when starting your day!
Be proactive. There’s always certain tasks we dislike, don’t enjoy and even at times, dread. Try and complete that dreaded task for the week on the first day of the week itself. This will bring relief, make your schedule look easier and reduce any workplace stress or anxiety you might have. As a result, you can start off your week by completing a task and looking forward to the rest of the day without letting the Monday blues getting you down.
Being in the right frame of mind when starting a new week is important. Small tips and tricks can help you bring out a better version of yourself, which is more relaxed, productive and happier! You can even listen to our “start your morning right” guided audio on our app!
Having proper routines, be it for bedtime or post work and knowing how to hack productivity can help you start the right week right! Moreover, relaxing and easing tension when things get too much are always can help you beat Monday blues!
Evolve helps you proactively manage stress & anxiety, improve focus, control anger, sleep better and find time for mindfulness with light and joyful guided exercises!
January 31, 2022
February may be the shortest month of the year, but sometimes it can be the dreariest. It doesn’t have to be, though! This month, we’ve filled the magazine with all sorts of uplifting content, including Pantone’s Color of the Year — Very Peri! (page 8), ocean plastic turned into vibrant art (page 44), and a gorgeous photo spread of five Brazos Valley couples whose wedding memories might just melt your heart (page 19). We’ve also got violin and harp music (page 14) and lots of flowers — c’mon, how can flowers not make you smile? (page 40). If you’re still in the doldrums and need cheering up, then feel free to try these suggestions that have worked well for me.
Start with a gratitude list. As corny as it sounds, it works. I start by coming up with a daily list of 10 things to feel grateful for, like, “I finally found my wallet!” “Wow! I can zip up my jeans!” and “Thank goodness for Advil!” Always remember, negative thoughts perpetuate themselves, so counteract them by focusing on the positive. And when that doesn’t work, do as I do: Grab a spoon and dig into a pint of Blue Bell.
Are you on HALT? H-A-L-T is an acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired — or as my mom would say, “Too pooped to pip.” Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to get past H most of the time. Usually, I skip A and L and go straight to T. If I’m on A or L, I call a friend, and we go out to eat. That takes care of H, A, and L. If I’m on T, I either pour a pot of coffee (yes, you read that right), or head straight for bed.
Get going! When I’m really down in the dumps, I have to force myself up and out of said bed —unless I’m on T (see above). The old saying, “if you snooze, you lose” applies here. This is one time it helps to be on A, because I get my best house cleaning done when I’m mad. Grout is no match for me when I’m armed with Soft Scrub and a stiff bristle brush. Gotta battle with resistance and fight inertia to win! If motivation isn’t enough to coax me out from under the covers, H (or Mother Nature) invariably gets me up — especially if Blue Bell is calling my name.
What Would Mom Do? Mom would probably ask if you had been eating right and if you’ve been getting enough sleep. She might give you a hug and tell you that this too shall pass. Even if your mom isn’t the nurturing type, I’ve found it’s important to learn to mother oneself. My mom always knew how to turn my frown upside down by baking me cookies. So what do you think? Which goes better with Blue Bell? Snickerdoodles or chocolate chip?
Get grooving! Let go and let loose! There’s no dress code, and only one rule: No sad music allowed. I tell Alexa to blast “Brave,” grab a hairbrush for a microphone, and get wild on the dance floor (a.k.a. the living room, clearing out shoes and sleeping dogs first). Sometimes I line up all the framed family photos and stuffed animals and call it a dance party! Keep an eye out, however, for suspicious neighbors or the Amazon delivery driver knocking at your door — just sayin’. Heck, invite ‘em to join you!
Throw a pity party. If all else fails, indulge yourself. Whine. Cry. Pout. Vent. Stomp around. Go ahead and feel however you feel. You can throw a pity party all day if you want to — and the next, and the next, and the next. Your pity party can go on and on, or until you get tired of it. Just be sure to add me to your guest list. I’ll bring the Blue Bell.
Ed. note — This month’s letter is intended to be lighthearted; however, we don’t take mental health issues lightly. If you find that your emotions are consuming you, then please, reach out for help. Doing so may seem counterintuitive, but no matter how you feel, know you are not alone. We’ve put together a list of resources for you that may help:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Brazos Valley 1-800-273-8255
TAMU HelpLine available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 24 hours weekends while Texas A&M University classes are in session.
Call 979-845-2700 to talk about anything from anywhere.
Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line – 24/7, toll-free at 833-986-1919
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline – 24/7, 1-800-846-8517, Text TalkWithUs to 66746
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline800-273-8255800-784-2433
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Dragging yourself back into work on a Monday after an eventful weekend is probably one of the hardest things the working person can force themselves to do. Have you ever wanted to know how you can make that trip back to the work force on a Monday a little less depressing? Follow these seven Steps, and help make your Mondays a lot better!
1. Pack Your Favorite Lunch
Something to help you get through your day is to simply pack or order out your favorite lunch. By doing this, it gives you something to look forward to for the first part of your day, and it will help make you feel better during the last half of your day! It’s simple and effective.
2. Play Some Upbeat Music
Need some extra motivation during work? Put on some upbeat music, and let it lift your mood. Music is pretty well known for altering moods, and if you’re in a slump, some peppy music should help lift your spirits. Try not to let the music affect your workflow, though. There is nothing worse than getting caught in the middle of a “One Man Dance Party” when there is something you should be doing.
3. Plan a Special Evening After Work
Planning a Special Evening after work is another good way to help you get over that Monday slump. Either a night out with some good friends, or a date night with the one you love is something — just make time after work for yourself. This is another way to give you something to look forward to throughout your work day.
4. Make a Schedule
If you can at least make a schedule for your Monday, and stick to it, it’ll make it a lot easier to get through it. There is nothing worse than trying to go through a dreadful day with no direction, so a schedule can give you some sort of direction of work flow. Try not to get too fancy with it, though. You do not want to overload yourself, especially in the beginning of the week.
5. Hit the Gym
A nice workout can help you shake away the weekend cloud, and get your mind right for the week ahead. It can boost your energy and make you feel good about yourself, making your Monday a lot more enjoyable.
6. Prioritize your work
If you go into work with a bunch of work on your desk, try to prioritize your workflow, to make it easier to get done. Try to keep your Monday work simple if you can, so you are not overloading yourself on the first day during the week.
7. Prepare for it with a lazy Sunday
The best way you can beat Monday blues is with a lazy Sunday. Rather than trying to do all of your housework, yard work, etc. on Sunday, spend that day relaxing either alone, or with your family. You work hard, so you deserve to do nothing every now and then. By doing this, you’ve given yourself a whole day to rest up for your Monday, and chances are it’ll make your whole week a lot easier as well.
8. Pre-plan for the weekend
Even though it may seem like a long time away, but start planning your weekend fun early. Again, it will give you something to look forward to, and to work towards all week.
For best results possible, try combining some of these tips together, and maximize your Monday. Try to not let your Mondays get the best of you. Think of it as a new week of opportunity, and you want to start it strong right off of the start.
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How to beat the Monday Blues
I’m the first to admit that it can be hard to stay disciplined – especially on a Monday morning – but I find that spending the last 3-4 hours before I go to bed meal prepping and laying out my activewear for my morning workout just little things that help me become so much more efficient the following morning. Here is a list of things I always do every Sunday evening to set me up for a productive week!
Meal prep my lunches from Monday to Friday
(This is usually a one pot meal like chilli con carne or a stirfry or a casserole of some kind. Just super quick and easy!)
My meal plan for the week and how long each meal will roughly take to cook
The grocery shopping for the week so I won’t need to go to the supermarket at all until the following Saturday or Sunday.
Fold all the clean washing and put away. I do not leave it in the basket or on the table to be done at a later date.
Wash and dry my hair
Have the bins in the bathrooms and kitchen taken out
Journal what 3 things you would like to have done this week + 3 things you would like to stick to
Sunday nights I really do try to leave for just Lane and I; it’s our recharging time for the week. Once I have done all the bits I have to do – it’s then RhiRhi time. Mostly, it’s a warm shower where I get to wash my hair, put on a face mask and I actually get to moisturise my body for the first time in a week LOL.
Most of us ladies are adults so you don’t have a parent telling you to do all the chores prior to the Monday school day and now as our adult lives seem busier we’re not always so disciplined for a Sunday night. For me, I try to live by these rules of Sunday night chore night; prepping for the week. I thinks it’s really important to plan and prep for the week ahead. So give it a go and try to implement these tasks into your Sunday night and see how you feel waking up to a new week – you may not be so unprepared and getting those Monday blues if you’re already ready to tackle the week ahead!
[A collaboration post with Day Translations – all thoughts are my own.]
Do you enjoy Monday?
I don’t know exactly when I started to care less about the days; whether it’s Monday, weekday, or weekend. No matter what day it is, I make sure to enjoy the day. I try my best to complete daily tasks, and have a great evening for myself and my family!
I get translation projects every two weeks so deadlines are of utmost importance to me. I even had to work half days on weekends, doing research on the terms that needed to translate documents. You know, some people assume that you know every word if you are a translator because you are a linguist. This is really frustrating!
Over the last few years, I have purchased books that have been translated into Indonesian. I always wonder why the translator’s name is not listed on the front cover with the author’s name. The existence of a translator is very important, which is why there is an occasion to celebrate International translation day!
Translating a medical report is not only about transferring it to the target language (TL). But also the message and culture of the source language (SL). The process will not be easy. I need to be careful during the process and be creative as much as possible so that the results can be read easily. Many processes behind the scenes go unnoticed by people.
I usually check the translation platform on Mondays, see available projects, and send my offer/CV to the company. Well, it’s the same process as a blogger pitch to a brand. If I’m a good fit for their project, they’ll send in tests that need to be done before joining the project or we’ll discuss deadlines, rates, and payment terms. That is how I enjoy Monday and beat the Monday blues!
7 ways to beat the Monday blues
Some people don’t like Mondays, especially students. Personally, Monday means zero; the start of the week, the opening of a productive week, and a fun day to mark the list you didn’t complete the previous week. Mondays also mean continuing your self-care routine to get better, setting your realistic goals, or keeping track of your weekly budget. There are lots of ways to beat the Monday blues if you haven’t noticed!
I always say here that weekend is time for self-care. As for me, I don’t really go out on the weekend, other than going out with friends, I love staying at home. I’m an introvert and homebody so, yes, home is the most comfortable and safe place for me. And after starting working from home, I eventually learn how to enjoy Monday by figuring out fun activities easing back into the workdays. Here’s how to beat the Monday blues.
Plan Ahead From Friday
Don’t leave all your worklist you’ve been dreading for Monday. I try to complete the weekly blogging tasks on Friday before focusing on fixing broken links or performing a link audit on Saturday. Any writing-related stuff will be finished before Saturday because I want to enjoy the weekend. Try to complete as much as possible on Friday and it will make your Monday easier as you’re not scrambling to figure out where you left off on Friday.
Prepping Your Monday From Sunday
Every Sunday evening, I sit down and start prepping for the week. Pack anything you might need for the day, schedule fun activities, what you need to get done, etc. I organize my blogging content or check appointments that I have for the week. Then go to bed early so you can wake up feeling refreshed. Make Saturday your wild night and enjoy your lazy Sunday.
Start Monday With Something Fun
Make your Monday feel a little more like a weekend and do something that puts you in a happier mood before you head off to work. In my case, I wake up before 7 and walk outside with my dogs for 15-30 minutes. After that, I clean the house, feed my dogs, and have a healthy breakfast. Some ideas for you might be to get in a fun workout, sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee, or turn on your favorite music.
Change The Way You Think and Act of Mondays
We tend to feel like a lot of the dread that comes along with Mondays is just the negativity. It’s become our habit to hate on Mondays and puts you in a bad mood. Try these tips to brighten up your Monday attitude.
- Start thinking of Mondays as a fresh new start to the week. As I say, a new start towards your goals.
- Make a list of excited goals you want to accomplish this week.
- Turn the topic of conversation into something more positive with your friends or co-workers.
- Clean your desk and keyboard when you get into work.
- Throw out all your old to-do lists from last week and write the new ones.
- Spreading a smile to your co-workers or friends is the best option to feel good and make others pleasant.
- Accepting every situation and respecting it. Creating a positive vibe will boost mood and enhance productivity at work.
Arrange lunch with your loved ones or plan a simple coffee meetup with your close friends. Treat yourself to your favorite drinks or foods to lift the mood. Always keep in mind to never challenge a lifestyle that will ruin a positive outlook for day or week.
What are some of your favorite ways to beat the Monday blues? I’d love to hear your ideas!