Do you dread Monday mornings?
Do you lack the motivation to get up & move on Monday mornings?
Do you keep dreaming about Friday evenings?
Then you suffer from Monday Blues!
Try these 13 foolproof ways to permanently combat those feelings & beat the Monday Blues.
Remember, almost all things which cause you to feel the Monday Blues are mostly under your control – your habits, your routine and schedule, your thoughts and actions…
HAPPY MONDAY, Y’ALL!
Yes, Happy Monday indeed, you are probably like, are you out of your mind, Kusum? How can Monday and happy be used in the same sentence? Unless Monday is a holiday!
I get it, Monday has such a bad rep. Poor Monday is the least favorite day of the week for most people (probably for like 99%, which is probably why you are reading this post, to begin with?).
Trust me, I know exactly how you feel about Mondays because I used to belong in that 99% category myself, in fact, I hated Monday for a really really long time. I used to sulk and whine that the weekend is over starting Sunday evening (the Monday Blues would kick in several hours before Monday was even born) and it would suck the joy and living life out of whatever was left of the weekend.
Such a terrible way to end the otherwise fun-tastic weekend right!?
But over the years, I have taken steps and implemented strategies that have tremendously helped me to turn things around and see Monday in a completely new and different light!
Now I get super excited about Mondays and look forward to it!
Every Monday is a new opportunity for a fresh start! After all the weekend shenanigans, I look forward to getting back into my weekday routine and making the most of Mondays… Send the boys off to office and school, get in front of my computer without any interruptions, and do what I love to do the most, CREATE CONTENT!
Which = getting one step closer to achieving ‘em goals! (Read more about goal setting and successfully achieving them here).
When we look at Monday through a positive lens, not only do we kick off the week being happy but we can also get so much more done at the beginning of the week, which in turn has a great positive impact on how the rest of the week shapes up!
So today I am sharing my secret Monday weapons aka tips to help you Beat The Monday Blues and OWN Your Monday instead…
WHAT DOES MONDAY BLUES EVEN MEAN?
As the fun weekend comes to a close, you have this overwhelming sense of sadness and stress, and your feelings of anxiety about the work week ahead kick in aka the case of the Mondays or the Monday Blues!
And there is ZERO motivation and excitement about waking up on a Monday Morning and you dread heading into work or having to deal with all the responsibilities that come with a new week.
Trust me, I know the feeling… my stomach used to curl and I would have this uneasy and weird feeling about Mondays.
WHY DO WE FEEL THE MONDAY MORNING BLUES & WHAT CAUSES THESE FEELINGS?
Well, there could be umpteen number of reasons for us to feel the Monday Morning Blues, and it is different for different people, but here are some common culprits…
- A great weekend – spent time relaxing, had fun with family and friends, and in our head we want every day to be just as fun, easy, and exciting! So shifting that mindset to think about work can be quite stressful!
- Especially if we do not like our job and/or we have a lot of work carried over from last week, plus pressing projects, deadlines, etc, and the lack of a game plan to tackle them.
- Lack of discipline over the weekend – messed up routines and schedules, overslept or barely got any sleep, over indulged, being unproductive, did not complete everything we wanted to do or did way more than our body and mind could take.
- Life is completely out of balance – most of us look at workweek as the most painful thing to live through and look forward to weekends aka only live for the weekends! Weekdays are full of stressful deadlines and to-do’s, so fun, rest and relaxing are all exclusively reserved for the weekend.
HOW & WHY ARE MONDAY BLUES HARMFUL?
Monday Blues isn’t just a feeling that we can take lightly and move on. We shouldn’t simply say it’s just the way of life and brush it off.
Monday Blues can have a huge impact on our life as well as work – the quality of it!
We miss out on life and the opportunity to be happy and joyful every.single.day and not just the weekend. Plus, in the anticipation of Monday and dreading it, we often forget to enjoy our Sunday too.
We lose focus and motivation for work which can quickly spiral out of control – we fall behind on projects, our performance takes a huge hit, which in turn impacts our personal life.
It’s a domino effect!
And sometimes, Monday Blues are not simply not wanting to wake up on a Monday morning and heading into work, but it could be much deeper than that. These feelings could also be due to other serious mental and physical health concerns like depression, major anxiety, and chronic stress. If left unchecked the severity of it could be hard to reverse.
Hence, it is extremely important to dig deeper and get to the root of why we feel the Monday Blues.
HOW TO BEAT THE MONDAY BLUES?
13 FOOLPROOF WAYS TO HELP YOU BEAT THE MONDAY BLUES
Slowly incorporate the various ways outlined below, experiment with a few of these tips, figure out what works best for you and adjust as needed to best suit your lifestyle!
Ultimately, take charge of your Mondays instead of letting Monday take charge of you!
1. GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM
Identify the main cause for your Monday Morning Blues.
Is it your job? Is it how you spend the weekend? Is it your attitude and outlook towards work week vs weekend?
Or is it much deeper than that and does it have to do anything with your physical and/or mental health?
Really dissect it so you can get to the crux of the matter.
2. DEVISE A PLAN OF ACTION TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES
Once you identify the source of your Monday Morning Blues and understand the real issues behind that ‘Monday anxiety’ then it becomes easier to address those issues and move forward.
If it’s your job then either look for a new job or identify ways to adjust your attitude towards your current job and make peace with it until you can switch jobs.
If it’s your physical or mental health then seek professional help.
If it’s anything else, keep reading…
3. DO NOT LIVE FOR THE WEEKENDS
What a pity it is to slog for 261 days in a year only to really live 104 days in that year. Or worse yet, only to live when you go on vacation. I mean, why would we want to do that to ourselves?
Life is too short for that!!!
Live each day to the fullest (and live consciously). Design a life in which you get to enjoy and appreciate things, big and small, every.single.day, and not just during the weekend or on vacation!
If you are one to drag yourself through the week and always eagerly look forward to Friday evenings or that vacation you have planned, then there needs to be a serious shift in your attitude and life!
I don’t mean to be harsh, but seriously, why would you do that to yourself and to the people in your life?
Plan and do something every day that brings you joy! It can be as simple as dedicating 30 mins to doing that one thing which makes you happy – read a book, pursue a hobby, spend quality time with your loved ones, learn a new skill, or go watch a movie (impromptu).
Each day is a blessing, workday, weekend or vacation, so be grateful for it and LIVE IT!
MAINTAIN A BALANCE BETWEEN YOUR WEEKDAYS & WEEKENDS!
4. BALANCE YOUR SLEEP CYCLE ON WEEKDAYS & WEEKENDS
Don’t sacrifice your sleep on weekdays and try to make up for it all during the weekend. Most people need 7-8 hrs of sleep every day to function at their full capacity. Imagine trying to eat 2-5 days worth of food in one day, sounds ridiculous, right?
Treat sleep exactly the same way and ensure that you get enough sleep on all days, may it be weekdays or weekends. I know it’s easier said than done, but a good night’s sleep seems to be the single most precious commodity that has a huge impact on our overall health and well being. So it is important to make sleep our #1 priority!
This balance won’t throw you off your routine by much over the weekend and hence getting back to your weekday schedule won’t be such a struggle.
Mindlessly scrolling through your phone for hours, watching TV late into the night, or doing those 214630 things which waste your precious time on weekday nights need to go. Instead, replace that precious time with quality sleep.
P.S. Even if it is only work that you are spending time on instead of sleeping, NOT.WORTH.IT! At the end of the day, lack of sleep still has an impact on your performance, no matter where and how you spend that time!
5. SPEND YOUR TIME ON WISELY FRIDAY
Most people say plan and prepare for your Monday on Sunday, but I say plan and prepare for your coming Monday (and Saturday + Sunday) on Friday. The success of the following Monday and in turn the rest of the week begins with how you end the previous week.
That’s not to say don’t have a late-night dinner/party or have fun on Friday.
But before you end Friday and call it a week, reflect upon the week and make note of what went well, what you could have done better, what are the most important tasks that you need to tackle on Monday (and the rest of the week) and how you are going to get them done.
Also plan how you will spend your weekend (in a fairly productive way, read on).
This way everything is laid out and you have a clear idea of your priorities going into the new week and you don’t have to scramble around to figure things out on Monday morning.
P.S. Do NOT over-schedule your Monday.
This also allows you to enjoy your weekend that much better knowing the what, the when, and the how for the coming Monday (and ideally, the rest of the week as well) without feeling overwhelmed!
P.P.S. If you need to get some work done over the weekend to get a head start for the new week then plan for it as well. This is the part I hate but our current work culture is such that it’s just the reality of it.
Before heading home on Friday, clean your workspace and organize photos, inspiring quotes, books, flowers, etc on your desk. This way you have a clean and inspiring work environment to come into on Monday morning.
6. DO NOT OVERBOOK YOUR WEEKENDS
We only have 2 days in the weekend and we try to get a million things done in those 2 days.
More often than not our weekends are way busier than weekdays filled with social activities, regular weekend chores, and one of things that pretty much come up every week (which you can only tend to during the weekend) and before we know it we have a jam-packed weekend with little to no room for us to ‘do nothing but just chill’ #GUILTY
These overbooked weekends can quickly drain you out without giving you much room to rest, unwind, and relax.
So take control of your weekend, it is totally OK to say NO to a thing or two during the weekends for your own sanity and to give yourself that much-needed time to recharge your batteries.
The world won’t end because you didn’t make it to yet another birthday party this weekend, but your world will tumble if you keep at it for long. So be mindful of how you spend your time, weekends or weekdays!
7. HAVE A PRODUCTIVE SATURDAY & SUNDAY
While it is important that we do not stretch ourselves too thin during the weekend it is also just as important to ensure that we have a productive start and end to the weekend so we feel accomplished as we go into the new week.
Sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday until noon to make up for that lost sleep during the week is only going to mess with your schedule (and your internal clock) and very quickly the weekend would have gotten away from you. And suddenly it’s Sunday night and you realize that you haven’t been able to get much done from your to-do list.
And before you know it more things get piled on for the week ahead (from that weekend to-do list) and that feeling of overwhelm and stress comes rushing to you!
So make sure that you don’t start too late on the weekend and try to get important tasks done sooner rather than later. Ideally, keep your Saturdays dedicated to such tasks. That way you can take it a little easy on Sundays.
You will be surprised at how much in control of things you feel when you have had a productive weekend. This also helps you ease into things come Monday.
8. SCHEDULE TIME TO REST, RELAX & UNWIND DURING THE WEEKEND
Again, it’s easier said than done, especially when we try to cram so much into our weekends per #6 and #7 above. But it is even more essential that we schedule a dedicated time during the weekend to rest and relax so we can recharge our batteries and go into the new week feeling energized rather than feeling groggy and drained out.
Using up all your fuel by the end of Sunday is what leads to feeling the Monday Blues. On the other hand, if we are well-rested then we feel ready to take on Monday with full force.
Also, unplug for a good amount of time during the weekend! That is no devices, no work emails, no TV, instead spend time with yourself (me time) pursuing a hobby, reading a book, etc, even if it is just for 30 mins to an hour. This is part of unwinding too!
9. PREP FOR THE WEEK AHEAD & STAY ORGANIZED
Prepping for the week ahead is half the battle won!
Have a list of things that you have to tackle every weekend – meal prep for the week, clean the house, do laundry, plan your workouts, plan your work outfits, plan and make any personal appointments as needed, tend to all other chores which need your attention, etc.
Maintaining a list of things based on different aspects (home, kids, finances, health, personal, professional, etc) of your life can help you ward off feeling overwhelmed and helps you stay on top of things happening in your (and your family’s) life!
Use google docs, google sheets, and/or any other apps you use to stay focused and organized.
This combined with what you did on Friday (#5) is setting you up for a successful week!
10. TAKE TIME TO REFLECT & PLAN FOR MONDAY
Treat Sunday with utmost respect and keep as much noise at bay as possible on Sundays. Once you go through the motions of the weekend, take an hour or two on Sunday evenings to reflect upon the week.
This step is much like what you did on Friday (#5) but repeating it on Sunday (except, this time including the happenings of the weekend) encourages you to start the new week with the right mindset. Such reflection and introspection help you grow.
Think about your goals, revisit what you got done last week/weekend, give yourself a pat on the back for the tasks you completed, think about what you will do differently from last week (especially if something didn’t work out or go as planned), etc.
Listen to upbeat music, books, or motivational content to get you all fired up and excited about Monday and the coming week!
Go over things you need for Monday – review your plan from Friday, pick out your clothes, pack your lunch, etc.
Lastly, set your alarm to wake up early on Monday morning, and hit the bed early on Sunday night (most crucial)!
11. BRAIN DUMP AKA WRITE DOWN YOUR THOUGHTS & WORRIES
I know first-hand that no matter how organized, focused, and well-prepared we all are, we have no control over our thoughts, and there’s always that constant nag in our head about the bazillion things that need to get done.
Whenever your mind is going at 1000 mph and causing you stress, slow down and put your thoughts and worries down on paper. Just the fact that everything is documented somewhere on paper is in itself a relief (so you won’t have to worry about forgetting the thing that caused you to worry in the first place, the chances of which is super high if it is only in your head).
Also, analyze and make a note of the kind of emotions you are feeling, why you are feeling stressed, and what or who is causing it, etc? This exercise will help bring clarity and calm your nerves. Revisit this list later with a clear mind and devise actionable steps to tackle them.
But if you already did your part on Friday (#5) then you will notice that the occurrence of such panicky situations are far and few.
Scenario: A thought just came rushing to you about one of your most important to-do’s.
Reaction: Oh wait, I don’t have to worry about it cuz I already know exactly when and how I will get it done.
12. BE POSITIVE, GRATEFUL, MAKE A LIST OF THINGS THAT GET YOU EXCITED
The attitude of gratitude goes a really long way!
Make a list of
1) things you are grateful for
2) things that you enjoy about work (and outside work)
3) things that you are looking forward to that week (nope, you can’t always be taking off on a vacation, so recognize things that bring you joy during a regular work week)
Have a positive outlook on things and adjust your attitude towards anything that is negative. Find ways to embrace the current state of life (especially when life gets hard).
13. MONDAY MORNING RITUAL
Everything you did so far is leading up to this moment, so don’t give up and keep going, you are almost there…
Don’t snooze your alarm.
Wake up early because a late start on Monday morning will quickly throw you off course. You don’t want to start the day rushing from one thing to another. So start your Monday morning in a peaceful way (without much chaos).
As you begin your day look at some of those motivational quotes (create an album on your phone). Use inspiring quotes as your wallpaper, both on your phone & computer.
Get a workout in if possible so you begin the day/week feeling energized and pumped up!
Wear your favorite outfit. When you look good you feel good and when you feel good you feel more confident, which in turn boosts your performance.
As you get ready or while having breakfast listen to upbeat music, or a book or motivational content to get you all fired up and excited about the day (just like you did on Sunday evening, we need to keep that fire going every.single.day).
That’s it, head to your workspace that is inviting and inspiring (which you lovingly set up on Friday).
Now off you go, start implementing these simple yet effective strategies so you can stop feeling rushed and anxious on Monday Mornings but instead feel 100% ready and in charge to take on the world as your Monday morning alarm goes off.
“Monday is a state of mind. Put on your positive pants and get stuff done.”
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