Aloha, Friday! Thanks God its Friday (TGIF)! These are common greetings on the last day of the workweek. More of this is because, after putting in long hours of work during the week, most people look forward to the weekend to relax, some to rest, and others to spend time with families and engage in activities other than work.
Depending on how you spent the weekend, Monday is either a day to return to work strong after resting all weekend or a day to return to work dragging and feeling like the weekend was too short if you still have some hangover from the weekend.
Whatever the case, it has been discovered that Mondays are the most dreaded days of the week for workers all over the world. Monday is said to be derived from the Latin word Mondalious, which translates to “return to bed.” Could this be why Mondays are so dreaded?
Monday blues is a dreadful feeling that occurs at the start of a workweek; it is more similar to lamenting the passing of the weekend.
Every worker experiences Monday blues; even the best and most motivated employees experience them at times.
Some of the reasons listed below explain why Mondays are regarded as the most difficult workday of the week.
- You have two days to do whatever you want, including the freedom to get up whenever you want, move around, visit friends, and so on. You discovered on Monday morning that you no longer had that freedom.
- The transition from the weekend to the workweek appears to be very short, which could be due to a very busy weekend that leaves you feeling as if you haven’t rested at all. What happened to the weekend?
- For some people, transitioning is a difficult task; this makes Mondays difficult because they have to transition from the weekend to the workweek while also being anxious about what the week holds, which is usually unknown. Some people might eventually blend in, but not on Mondays.
- Some people suffer from Monday blues as a result of a poor work-life balance. This is especially true for workaholics who spend their entire week working without breaks and with nothing to look forward to over the weekend, no plans for the weekend, which has a negative impact on their bodies and minds.
- Monday blues can also be caused by a lack of emotional and physical preparation for the workweek.
- Another cause of Monday blues could be a dislike for the job you do. Some people do not enjoy their jobs; they only work to get the resources they need to pay their bills, so they look forward to the weekend when they can relax and breathe.
Some people’s Monday blues fade as the day progresses, whereas for others, the blues last until the next day before they can get a grip on themselves and get to work.
Here are some ideas to help you deal with Monday blues:
– Every person experiences Monday blues for different reasons; find out what yours is; after all, once the cause is identified, the solution is closer. This way, you’ll be able to quickly get to the solution and feel better about Mondays.
– When making plans for the weekend, make sure one of them is how to start the next week. Planning your workweek ahead of time will help you start strong on Mondays. Workweek planning is best done on Sundays because it is the day before Monday and gives the impression that Monday is a continuation of Sunday.
– Start reducing weekend parties and get more rest, especially on Sunday. Lack of rest and fewer sleep hours can lead to anxiety, so it is recommended to get more sleep, especially on Sunday, so you wake up relaxed and refreshed on Monday.
– Having a morning routine that you look forward to allows you to start each day with excitement, so go ahead and plan an exciting start for each day, including Monday. Your plan could be to drink a cup of coffee or tea every morning before work, to meditate every morning, and so on. The plan should be something you enjoy doing and look forward to doing each morning.
– Put on your best outfit on Mondays; it will not only hide your blues, but it will also attract compliments from your coworkers, and compliments can make you feel better.
– Make it a habit to smile every day, whether it’s Monday or not; a smile is free therapy and contagious. Imagine arriving at work feeling down and being greeted with a smile from your coworkers. It makes you feel welcomed. Give a smile to get a smile in return.
– Change your way of thinking about Mondays. Remember that each day has twenty-four hours, and Mondays are no exception. If you can think in this way, you will be able to see Mondays as just another day of the week, not as a special occasion.
– You don’t have to wait until the end of the week to enjoy your work week. You can create a better way to enjoy your job, to enjoy what you are doing at any given time, to make every day count, and to take things one day at a time. Every day, add some fun to your work, create a beautiful work environment for yourself, get some flowers for your table, and organize your work tools in beautiful packages.
“Honestly, I never really understood the glorification of Fridays and weekends. I don’t want to build a life and career where I spent five days a week waiting for the weekend. No! I want to enjoy my life and don’t wish any weekday away. I want each day to matter to me, in some way, even if it’s a small tiny way. I love my life. Everyday. That’s the spirit we should convey all around us.”- Akilnathan Logeswaran