This mix of feelings applies to mostly everyone, unconditionally, even if we love our work environment. If not handled properly, these bad feelings may accrue during the week, making you lose energy and passion not just on Monday, but for the whole week.
The 5 steps to fight off Monday Blues
There are many ways in which you win over the Monday blues. We give you five tips, which in our opinion are the most achievable steps to making Monday’s great again.
1. Use your weekend wisely
It’s amazing how people spend their weekend time either doing nothing or trying to do as many things as possible before the dreaded beginning of the week. We all take for granted that a weekend should be an opportunity to relax, but the way in which you relax is what really matters. Instead of cosying up all day in bed binge-watching the latest Netflix show, why not using the weekend as an opportunity to spend more time outdoors, do some physical activity and relax on the couch with your loved ones watching Netflix?
Lastly, the weekend is your chance to recharge the batteries: make sure to get enough sleep, without oversleeping and wasting hours of precious leisure activities. You may find this lifestyle much more resting and fulfilling, making you start your next week refreshed and with renewed vigour.
2. Plan ahead
Although you can devote part of your weekend to planning, the safest route is to prepare for Monday on Friday. Solve any unfinished business as soon as possible; set the strategy for your next week with an uncluttered mind; leave key notes to explain what you have to do as soon as you get back into the office. Dedicating 1 hour to close the week properly and to set next week agenda may save you hours afterwards, and make you much more relaxed during the weekend.
3. Take it easy
If a workweek is like a marathon, a Monday is its beginning. Just like a long distance race, you should not rush immediately: all you would feel is stressed, tired and annoyed. Rather, you should pace yourself, taking little steps at first, scoring easy wins to boost your morale and gaining the momentum necessary to accomplish even the most boring and unpleasant tasks.
4. Don’t cave in to the Monday blues
The worst thing you can do is to believe is that a Monday stays a bad day regardless of what you do. Believing this will lead you to find bad signs wherever you see them, thinking all the way there we go, it’s gonna be another awful first day of the week.
Monday is like any other day, with the difference that you’ve had a whole weekend to plan how to make it better. If anything, it can be the easiest of workdays
5. Turn Monday into your Funday
It doesn’t have to be something big. Even a lunch out with a colleague you like or a workout session mid-lunch break are awesome ways to unwind. The important thing is that you fuel your Sunday with anticipation for what’s to come the day after. Doing this will make you wait, rather than dread, your first best day of the week.
So, why not trying doing something different and make your Monday unique?