The Monday Blues

It that time again – Monday morning. I don’t know about you but I often struggle to get out of bed. It’s like I could just sleep all day and not think twice about it. 

This is what I like to call the Monday Blues. The blues can be anything that pertains to not wanting to get up and get the week going. The struggle can definitely be real. 

What Are The Monday Blues?

The Monday Blues can be broken down into two things – Monday and Blue.

  • Monday – comes into play when the weekend is over and it becomes time to resume work. It is the end to a couple days off and the beginning of a full week ahead. 
  • Blue – meaning sad can also, in this case, mean lack of joy, laziness, stress, tiredness, etc. 

Combine the two and it makes for a not so great recipe of starting off the week. 

Combat The Blues

There are plenty of things you can do to combat the Monday Blues. These things along with some motivation can really get your week started off on the right foot. 

  • Prepare for Monday on Friday: Mondays are notorious for being stressful. This stress can be combated by simply preparing for Monday on Friday. Take the last hour or so of your Friday and get things in order for Monday. Make headway on a report or simply organize everything to be ready to go when you get to work Monday morning. 
  • Unplug: The weekend is your time to be away from work. Try not to check emails or voicemails. Unplug and relax – enjoy your time away from the office.
  • What are you excited about?: Sunday evening before bed make a list of the things you are excited for about in the upcoming week. This will help you wake up with more motivation to tackle the projects that stand in between you and the things you’re excited about.
  • Dress for success: This one is simple – the better you dress the better you’ll feel. When we wear our comfy clothes we become less motivated to get things done – when we dress nice we become more confident in what we’re doing. 
  • Be positive: Starting the week off with and attitude of gratitude is the best way to kick off the week. Waking up and being grateful is is key to combating the Monday Blues. Before you head into work, reflect on the things you are grateful for when it comes to your career. This will help you feel motivated to get the week going and will allow you to perform to the best of your abilities. 

There are many other ways to fight off the Monday Blues outside of the five we just discussed. When it comes down to it – being grateful to see another day/week will help guide you through the blues and you’ll come out on top. 

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