5 foolproof ways of dealing with Monday BluesSromona Bhattacharyya
The thought of dragging yourself back to work on a Sunday drags people down to the drains. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the weekend lasted a little longer? That’s the common thought that rules the minds of workers on a Monday morning!
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It’s not uncommon to feel blue on a Monday. In fact, the start of a workweek can bring a serious case of gloominess along with it. If having to work on a Monday brings with itself a fair share of anxiety, sadness, or stress, chances are that you might be suffering from what is commonly referred to as Monday Blues. In fact, a recent study has discovered that most workers do not crack a smile until 11:16 am on Mondays. Monday Blues, a term that is jokingly shrugged off, has more to it than just feeling unhappy on Mondays. Generally, this unhappiness has a deep rooted cause that must be catered to and if unattended, might affect your productivity.
Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to beat the Monday Blues:
You will feel half as bad on Mondays if you plan ahead on the night before. Take time to decide the outfit that you’ll wear the next day, prepare for lunch, and reset the alarm for waking up early on the next day so that you do not run late. The key is to make the morning stress free and sail smooth into the day.
Hit the sack early
A major cause of feeling overwhelmed on a Monday (and tired) is probably because you didn’t get enough sleep. Of course, weekends are for parties and catching up with friends and family, but keep that for the Fridays and Saturdays. Take time off on Sunday to relax and sleep early. No one likes to go to work with a head full of dreams, or last night’s vodka for that matter.
Take small breaks
Avoid sitting in your cubicle or your room the whole day. Taking small breaks can actually help in increasing your productivity. So try to go out for a walk, or watch some videos whenever you deem it necessary, just to get your mind off of the heavy workload, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes.
Get ready, physically
Try to find out an activity that sets your mood in the right tone and prepares your body for the day ahead. While planning for the dreaded Monday, make sure to keep some time aside to do something that you enjoy. It can be anything from eating a hearty breakfast with family, practising Yoga, or even watching funny videos.
Stop thinking about it
The more you worry, the more it gets worse. Of course, not thinking about it won’t make it go away, but it will certainly make you feel better. Ignore the whole concept of Monday Blues and go about your day like any other day of the week.
The innumerable internet memes and jokes about Monday Blues can sure tickle the funny bone, but it’s actually a real thing. Try finding the core issue and go on to solve that because most of the time, there is an underlying cause of an illness.