How to beat the Monday morning blues
James, October 21, 2013
Monday morning is the part of the working week that the majority of people dread. In fact, some become so anxious about the return to work that they actually make themselves ill just thinking about it. However, there are many ways in which you can beat the Monday morning blues and stop worrying about going back to work.
1. Make sure you plan your working week. If you end up rushing around on Monday morning, trying to finish something off or looking for important paperwork, get this finished before you leave on Friday. Have everything ready on your desk so that you are organised as soon as you walk in. Improving your time management is one of the best ways to reduce work-related stress, but if you are still struggling to get everything done on time, speak to your manager about your workload.
2. Take some time to relax over the weekend. If you spend Saturday and Sunday doing nothing but chores, you won't feel relaxed and ready to start the next working week. It is, however, a delicate balance. You also need to get some of the chores done so that you aren't worrying about these while at work. While planning your weekend in detail probably isn't ideal, you should think about what you want to accomplish.
3. Try not to change your sleeping pattern too much over the weekend. This is actually one of the biggest factors making Monday morning difficult. If you regularly sleep late and then stay up late, you are still trying to adjust to the earlier wake up time on Monday, which will make the day more difficult. Get up within two hours of your usual alarm, and go to bed at the same time. You are more likely to wake up refreshed as a result.
4. Eat nutritious foods at the weekend, rather than living on snacks or fast food. Treating yourself is absolutely fine, but don't get into the habit of eating out all the time. Changing your diet can have a surprising effect on your mood, alertness and ability to concentrate, even if it is just two days.
5. Start the week right. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get ready and travel to work; if you are in a rush before you even arrive, this will make you stressed and you will look forward to work even less as a result. Get your clothes and lunch ready the night before, to save time in the morning.
Finally, if you have made changes such as these, and still suffer from the Monday morning blues, think about the possible reasons why this could be the case. It could simply be that the job is not right for you, which means that you may want to consider looking for a different job, or perhaps would even benefit from a change of career. If so, consider your skills and what you enjoy - there will be a more suitable position out there for you.