We’ve all been there—you wake up only to realize that the weekend is over and it’s Monday once again. If you dread going to the office after a much needed weekend, then you may be one of the thousands of victims suffering from a case of the Monday blues. According to Alexander Kjerulf, an author who studies happiness at work, the Monday blues is, “a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek if they’re not happy at work.”
If this sounds like you, don’t fret. We’ve got three simple ways you easily crush the Monday blues. Follow these easy tips to start getting excited about waking up on Monday mornings and heading into the office.
Avoid the Monday Blues By Preparing
Preparation is key to avoiding the dreaded Monday blues. If you find yourself putting things off because you’re so excited it’s Friday, think again. One reason Mondays can be so stressful is all of the work you slacked off on Friday piling up over the weekend. All of the tasks you procrastinated on catches up to you when you get back the next week. You can avoid this unnecessary stress by not putting off your workload as the end of the week gets near. Making sure you finish everything that needs to be done before you leave the office on Friday can do wonders for reducing the Monday blues.
Forget About the Office and Unplug Over the Weekend
If you take your work home with you on the weekend, your mind never really gets a chance to unwind. When you close the office door behind you on Friday, make sure you leave all the stress, work, and drama behind it. Try to avoid checking emails over the weekend. If you have a work phone, put it on silent or store it away somewhere. The same goes for any other work equipment, a uniform, laptop or files. Out of sight out of mind.
Practice Gratitude and Positive Thinking
A large part of the Monday blues is your mentality. If you dread waking up and going to work, constantly think about how terrible your commute is, or stress yourself out by going over your neverending to-do list too many times, of course, you’re not going to be happy on Monday. Instead, try some positive thinking and practicing gratitude on Sunday nights. Make a list of all of the things you’re thankful for at your job. Whether it’s a recent promotion, your amazing coworkers or the free snacks your office provides, seeing all the great things you have laid out in front of you can help you appreciate your situation. Sometimes all it takes to be happy is a little positive thinking.
For more ways to create a better work experience for yourself, check out our blog post “Workplace Stress is Your Worst Enemy—4 simple ways to defeat it.”