Have you ever thought about why people seem down on Mondays? Specifically, Monday mornings are often the worst and there are many factors that come into play. In a typical work week, you may work 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Even if you are not thinking about it consciously, subconsciously you are aware you have a full week ahead of you. The majority of people enjoy their time off (i.e., weekends, holidays, vacation) more than their time at work. We also know people do better at things they enjoy more than things they do not enjoy. So, how can we turn these Monday blues around?
At the beginning of each week, try to find something you are looking forward to for that week. It could be something as simple as lunch with a friend or dinner with your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc… You may notice as you approach Wednesday and Thursday, your mood lifts because you know the weekend is near. You can use this same type of positive anticipation for events throughout the week.
Don’t worry about the large workload ahead of you and baby step through each task to build momentum. Often on Mondays, people are thinking about the long list of things they need to accomplish before the week is out. It does not need to get done all in one day and the sooner we realize this, the better. I often use Monday to build my strategy for the next four days to build a plan to get everything done.
Eating, sleeping, exercising, and staying positive are important to succeed. You will need to stay healthy, so you do not add stress through illness or just feeling in poor health. When you get enough sleep, you will feel wide awake and are able to focus better. When you eat well, you have the nutrients and energy you need to achieve the tasks you need to. Staying positive gives you a fighting chance to keep moving.