Updated: Jun 20
What a stupid question. Most of us go to work in a bad mood, tired, some actually even angry. As it turns out, the case of those Mondays can have a negative impact on your performance and productivity - as well as the people around you. Atmosphere like this is hard to swallow, and as a result we all end up with a shitty day. “The ‘Monday Blues’ describe a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek if they're not happy at work,” says Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work, “It contains elements of depression, tiredness, hopelessness and a sense that work is unpleasant but unavoidable.” It is astonishing how only one person in your working environment can make a difference, and they can make it either good or a very bad Monday.
The purpose of this blog is showing you a few different ways to perhaps overcome or avoid the triggers that are causing the overwhelming feeling of stress, anxiety or sadness.
1. Let’s start from the beginning. We call our start “Friday.” When I was a little girl, my wise mother always made me finish all my home work on Friday after school. I was angry and mumbled all sort of names towards her while sitting at my desk working on my homework, often with tears in my eyes. I wanted to go out and play with the other kids. It was Friday! I had two more days to finish my assignments. But NoOOoo, I had to do my stupid homework. Little did I know how wise it really was. My point here is, Don’t leave any work from Friday for Monday. Organize your desk or work station before you leave. Mondays can be very busy and if you leave work piled up from a previous week it only adds to the stress.
2. Unplug for the weekend. Let’s call this a “digital detox”. If possible don’t check your work e-mail. You most likely will not have to answer till Monday anyway. When you leave your office on Friday, leave all your work problems there and enjoy your time off. I know that for some may be a problem. Being disconnected can cause anxiety, just as constant connection can be agitating. Having unplugged weekends can make you more productive during the week. The break from the physical, mental and emotional effort of work can give you a fresh perspective on business problems. The distance from digital devices can free your mind from drudgery and open possibilities for developing and refining strategies that will set your business apart.
3. Identify your “Monday Blues”. If it’s something that happens to you almost every week it means there is a problem It’s a sign that you are unhappy at work and you either need to fix it or find another job. Whatever it is, could be your negative co-worker or meeting with your boss, or maybe you just don’t feel challenged.. or all of the above.
4. Keep your Monday schedule light. If you need to have any meetings or complicated tasks, plan them for Tuesdays or any other day of the week.
5. To put yourself in a better mood make a mental list of things that make you happy at work. Try to find at least three things that you looking forward to in the upcoming week. If you can't think of three things you look forward to, that might be an indication that you need to make some changes
6. Make sure you get good enough sleep on Sunday night and wake up well rested. Try to wake up little earlier than normal and have time for a healthy breakfast, exercise, play with your cat or even take your dog for a walk. For sure you will make him/her happy and that wagging tail will put a smile on your face.
7. Dress up, look stunning, shine. Prepare your clothes the night before. Choose your best underwear (because you never know, right).. Just kidding, work is not a place for such things.. If you wake up in the morning and have to think about what will you be wearing that day it only adds to the stress. Most likely you stayed in bed few minutes later because it is Monday, time is limited and you quickly running out of it. Sounds familiar? You don’t want to be late to work and expose yourself to judging look on the face of your supervisor while they glancing at their watch as you walk in through the door. Starting Monday from “I’m sorry” instead of “Good Morning” is a recipe for a lousy day. Wear your favorite new outfit. Take your time to do your hair and beautiful make up. If you look good you feel good. Be the light and energy that makes other have a better day.
8. Be positive. Pump yourself already on the way to work. Listen to your favorite music. Create a playlist that you would motivate you to work out. High energy, upbeat. When you come in to your office don’t be the complainer. Walk in with a smile
9. Make someone else happy. Stop at the store and get breakfast, energy drinks or other treats for your co-workers. Complement someone and smile. Tell your co-workers that you missed them this weekend. Haha.. I’m kidding that would be totally weird. What is not weird is doing something meaningful though. In every work place there is always that one person that struggles the most. Others are making fun of her/him and are talking behind their back. Reach out to that person. Maybe there is something you can do to help. Share your knowledge and experience. Who knows, you may get yourself a new friend, someone who will see you as their new hero. Doing nice things to other people can lift the spirit and in case of ‘Monday Blues’ can even shift the mood in the whole office.
10. Make Monday a special day. Make after work plan. Whether you go out with your friend, make your favorite dinner, go to the movies or even go on a date with your partner. Just don’t stay up too long because at any cost, we want to avoid Tuesday Blues.