Beating the Monday Blues

23 Jan

Are you one of those people who wakes up on Sunday already dreading having to go to work the following morning? Do you wake up on Monday morning wishing that it was Sunday all over again? Oftentimes it seems that many people live for the weekends. I am certainly one of those people. I look forward to where we will go out to eat, what we will do with our friends, and being able to read in peace and quiet. While being able to enjoy our weekends is key, sometimes this living-for-the-weekend mentality can drain us because we pack too many things into our weekends. When Sunday evening rolls around I often find myself sitting around thinking about the things that I didn’t accomplish that weekend, which then adds more things to the list of things I have to do the following weekend.

For many people, even if you do have an amazing weekend, you dread going back into the office on Monday morning. So, how can you beat those Monday blues?

Try To Break Away From the Living-For-The-Weekend Mindset.

We all have a loaded schedule during the week, making it hard to find time for ourselves. We get up, eat breakfast, leave for work, sit in traffic, get to work and stay until 6 (or later), sit in traffic on the way home, get home and workout, eat dinner, unwind for thirty minutes, and go to bed. That is what my Monday through Friday schedule looks like. If you noticed, there is barely any time for me. This in turn creates the live-for-the-weekend mentality that a lot of us have. But, as I mentioned, if we have this mentality we oftentimes overload our weekends and find ourselves feeling more burnt out on Monday than we did on Friday. To beat this cycle it is important to take time during the week to do some of the things you love to do. If you make more “me” time during the week you will be less likely to have the living-for-the-weekend mentality that drains us.

Find Time to Take a Break at Work.

Having a change of scenery can really make a difference. I often find that I just eat lunch behind my desk, the same desk that I work at all day. If you are just like me, find time to take a walk at lunch or go somewhere other than your desk. You may be telling yourself that you don’t have time to take breaks at work, but the truth is that everyone has time for a short ten minute break. Ten minutes will not make or break your day, so if you need one, take one.

Do Something Fun Midweek.

I have learned that if you plan something fun or relaxing midweek you will be less likely to overcrowd your weekends. You will also find that this fun or relaxation can give you that extra push you need to make it to Friday. My husband and I are often part of a sports league (bowling, softball, etc.), which gives us something fun to do during the week that is outside of our normal routine. Although I may be a little tired the following day or while we are at the event, I do find that having that socialization time helps to break up the monotony and busyness of the week. If you find yourself getting burnt out by work, find something that you like to do and make time to do it. It is important to make sure that you are not always thinking of work.

Make Sure You Relax On the Weekend

Oftentimes I find that my husband and I pack our weekends to the very last second. This often leads us feeling exhausted on Sunday evening, which translates over to Monday morning. If you are looking to break the Monday blues, make sure that you have allowed for enough relaxation over the weekend. While we are always tempted to stay up late because we can sleep in the following day, this can disrupt your sleep schedule and make it harder to get back on track for the following week. While you may have a LOT of things to do over the weekend, make sure that you take the time to relax a little.

Make Sure You Actually Like Your Job

If you have tried all of the above and you still constantly have the Monday blues, consider whether maybe it is your job that you don’t like. If you are working in a job that you hate this can put added stress on you and can make you dread having to go into the office. While we all need an incoming paycheck, happiness in your life and your career is also important. So take a step back and ask yourself, “Do I really like my job?” If the answer is “no,” then maybe you need to think about making a career change.

As we all know, we spend more time at work and with our co-workers than we do at home and with our significant other. Making sure that you take breaks, get enough rest, and do something for yourself each week will make the time you spend at work more enjoyable.

What have you done to try to beat the Monday blues?

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