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How To Make Mondays Less Hard

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How To Make Mondays Less Hard
Experts share their advice for warding off the Monday blues.

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No One Likes Mondays

No One Likes Mondays

Various studies have documented the Monday Blues, which essentially is an imposition on the working person, a loss of freedom coupled with the arrival of work-related stress. Mondays are psychologically hard because we dread to ‘fall in line’ even if we don’t want to.

The fact that the weekend was great doesn’t help as it usually makes Mondays even more dreadful, something we may just have to accept.

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Counter The Monday Blues: An Early Start

  • Prepare mentally, physically and logistically for Monday in advance, to decrease the dread of unknown problems or tasks.
  • It is helpful to have sound sleep on Sunday, with the alcohol consumption minimized.
  • It is extremely beneficial to get to work early on a Monday, getting a headstart on things.
  • Plan ahead for the week with something to look forward to, maybe on the coming Friday.

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Manage Your Mondays Like A Pro

  • A special Monday treat, casual dress day, or a pizza day for the entire team can be something to look forward to. Even not cooking that day, or a workout class can bring a creative break to the stressful routine.
  • Focusing on your thoughts and feelings helps you absorb the negativity and understand how to steer the mind towards a solution.
  • Less social media surfing during weekends also contributes to your positive mental outlook, as the feeds are mostly negative or provocative.

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Mondays: Mental Health

Self-care can be on the front line on Mondays, with meditation, yoga, journaling and hot baths being the norm. Even a special coffee or a short walk in the park for fresh air can liven up your day.

If your mental health is seriously deteriorating at the start of the week, you need to examine your current role and find out how to make your work more meaningful and enjoyable.

Burnout at work can be checked by talking to a career counsellor or a therapist.

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Losing the sense of freedom

Monday follows after two days of freedom and enjoyment. Even busy weekends have plenty of moments to relax.

People find it psychologically challenging to switch back into obligations and routines that they have little say over. It may feel like a loss of independence and control.

When we don’t love our jobs

Disliking your job or finding it very stressful can cause you to dread Mondays.

Even if you enjoy your job, additional stressors can make it more challenging, such as employment insecurity or feeling misaligned in your purpose at work. Once you accept that every job will have its struggles, you can move with the stress, not against it.

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Avoid having a Manic Monday

  • Write down your top 3 priorities to get done on Monday and plan your schedule around them.
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Get errands out of the way

Sundays are a great day to get your errands out of the way, like grocery shopping. Also, take time for cooking meals, cleaning rooms, or dropping things off at different shops. You most likely don't have the time and energy to do these activities after work.

But don’t spend all of Sunday on these tasks. Even though they’re important, you still need some time to decompress.

Schedule something fun

Make sure you also do something you enjoy, like brunch with friends or spending time with your family. 

This gives you something to look forward to during the week and it also helps you to disconnect.

Why Monday looms so large

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Anticipatory anxiety

The Sunday are a form of “anticipatory anxiety,” that's why concerns might creep in as you consider the upcoming week.

Worrying about future events is human nature. But prolonged anxiety can lead to chronic stress, which increases your risk of health problems, including depression, heart disease, digestive problems, sleep issues, and more.

Plan some Sunday self-care

Treating yourself well on Sunday can help you feel better about Monday. You can try:

  • Serenity—a form of relaxation, like meditation or deep breathing
  • Exercise—anything from yoga to running
  • Love—expressing gratitude
  • Food—eating nutrient-rich foods high in vitamin B6 and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.