When we're not prepared for a new week
People often dislike Mondays if they didn't prepare for the start of the week emotionally and logistically.
Many people fail to realize they subconsciously prepared to fail. If we don't plan, Mondays can be very stressful and unbearable.
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People’s moods are commonly at their lowest on Mondays. The main reason is that we cram as much as possible into a weekend.
Many people are eating and drinking too much, and going to sleep later. Catching up with family and friends requires emotional and logistical energy. By Monday, we are more tired than we want to be, which directly correlates with a low mood.
Someone who sees their weekend experience as the only source of happiness will feel like Monday is the end of their life.
Leading a double life - that of paying bills and going to work on the one side, and personal enjoyment on weekends on the other side - will always lead to difficult Mondays, unless the two can be merged.
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.
Mondays involve transitions where you have to face the unknown. You may be anticipating the stressors it may bring, such as anxiety about all the work on your plate, or social anxiety.
People with complicated life circumstances can also feel anxious about transitions.
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.
People who spend almost all of their time working may experience negative feelings on Monday. It is the mind and body telling them to slow down or take a break.
Even if you love what you do, working hard all week without taking breaks can take a toll on your mind and body.
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.
It is okay to long for the weekend occasionally, like when it is Thursday and the week-long workload has been too much. But if one is dreading Monday on a Sunday evening, the work environment may be toxic.
The best jobs can exhaust us, but if the longing for the weekend is a regular feeling, we may need to find a new job profile that is not diminishing us.
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