If you hit a wall every Monday, getting through the work day can be terrible. The weekend was so nice and relaxing, and now you have to go back to work. Fortunately, there are some ways to beat Monday related stress and get yourself motivated for a successful day. By focusing on solving the problem, finding creative solutions, and being nice to people, you can reduce the amount of Monday sadness you feel.
Beating the Monday Blues With Problem Solving
If you feel depressed or anxious every Monday, week after week, there may be a serious problem. Ignoring a recurring problem can cause it to get worse, which is exactly what you don’t want.
Get To The Source
What exactly is causing your Monday depression? Without knowing the cause, you won’t be able to find a solution. Maybe you feel down because you are having trouble with your co-workers, maybe your boss expects too much of you, or maybe you are just bored at work. Maybe it is all of those, maybe it is none of them. Once you figure it out, you can start working on a solution.
Talk It Out
Is there a particular person or situation that is bothering you? Approach the person and talk about your issue. In many cases, they probably didn’t even know what they were doing was bothering you. Whether it is your boss, your co-worker, or someone in your personal life, it never hurts to bring up a subject that is bothering you and see if you can work it out. The solution might be simpler than you think. Even if you don’t have a problem with a particular person, talking to someone who might be able to help – like your boss or co-worker, can help you solve the problem.
Get Creative With Ways To Beat Monday Stress
Not all solutions are immediately obvious. In order to alleviate your Monday blues, you might have to think outside the box and change up your normal routine. It will take some effort, but the rewards should be worth it.
Start Your Day Well
On Monday mornings, do you drag yourself out of bed and barely make it in on time? Regardless of what you have to do once you’re at work, that kind of start can really put a hamper on your whole day. Consider waking up extra early and giving yourself some self-care. Make breakfast (or go out for a healthy breakfast), read a chapter of a book, or go for a run. Whatever helps you feel relaxed and ready to start your day should be a priority before you go to work. Just waking up early and giving your body time to fully wake up will do miracles for your mood when you get to work.
Organize, Don’t Procrastinate
Do you often find yourself coming in to work on Monday to find tasks you put off from Friday? It feels good to put some things off on Friday and go enjoy the weekend, but you’ll pay for it on Monday. When you go into work on Friday, keep Monday in mind. Make sure you don’t leave yourself any tasks you’re going to dread. Work hard and try not to leave any difficult tasks for your future Monday self. Working hard on Friday sounds like a drag, but you will probably end up enjoying your weekend more if you do, since you’ll be armed with the knowledge that there are no lingering tasks waiting for you back at the office.
Leave Work At Work
Many of us have the bad habit of taking work with us everywhere we go, even when we’re not at the office. Try turning off your work email over the weekend, and completely leaving work at the office. Your weekend is your time, so enjoy it as much as you can. Learning to truly relax is not easy, and it doesn’t come naturally to many people. If you can master it, however, you will enjoy your weekends more, and be more focused during the week.
Do Something Fun
A great way to get over the Monday blues – and help everyone else in the office, too – is to do something generous and fun on Monday. For example, you could bring in donuts for everyone. Not only will everyone have their spirits lifted by the unexpected treat, it will also cause everyone to socialize and share stories about the weekend. The whole office will be a little closer to beating the Monday blues. You’ll feel better for helping out, and everyone will be grateful to you.
Stay Upbeat to Tackle Monday Anxiety
One of the most important things you can do to beat Monday blues is to stay positive. That can be a lot harder than it sounds, but it is possible.
Kick Grumpiness To The Curb
Don’t be the person in the office who drags themselves in late and starts complaining. Sometimes complaining can be cathartic, but in most cases you are only going to bring your mood down, and make it harder to feel good about things. Not only that, but you will poison the mood of your co-workers as well. Whenever you have a negative thought on Monday, just keep it to yourself. There are places where complaining is appropriate, but the office on Monday is not one of them. Once you start simply not vocalizing the negative thoughts that come into your head, you’ll realize that they never needed to be said in the first place.
Try saying positive things to other people in your workplace throughout the day. Telling your co-worker that you like their new haircut may just make their day, and make the work environment a little better for both of you. Go out of your way to smile and say kind things to your co-workers, and everyone will be a little happier.
Be A Good Listener
Ask people questions, and really listen to the answers. When you ask how their weekend was, really pay attention to what they have to say. People can tell when you’re actually listening and interested, and it makes them feel good. That feeling will permeate throughout the office and make everyone more relaxed. When people feel appreciated by you, they are more likely to be nice to you, and both of your Mondays will be easier because of it.
You Can Beat The Monday Blues
While it is not always as easy as it sounds, and some Mondays just plain suck, with a little practice you can make most of your Mondays better. With time, you may actually begin to look forward to your Mondays, with Monday blues being a thing of the past.