The Hows and Whys of Monday Blues – Find Out How to Tackle Them

“If only Sunday had an encore before it was kicked in its rear by Monday!”

Have you ever wished for Monday to never come? Ever felt that Monday was the party pooper of your relaxed fun weekend? *Drum roll *…. Welcome to the club!!You have the Monday Blues!

So why exactly do we feel that way about our Mondays? Why is it the most-maligned day of the week?

Monday has this gloomy feeling because it’s the day one returns to work after an upbeat or relaxing weekend. Saturdays and Sundays are normally whoopee and work on the following Monday is drudgery, regardless of whether that is truly the case. So we may be unconsciously drilled to remember things that affirm this notion and to overlook things that reject it.A study by Sy-Miin Chow of the University of Virginia indicated that the well-known speculation of a blue Monday phenomenon is, for the most part, attributable to a decline in pleasant emotions on Mondays rather than increases in unpleasant emotions.

A Miss Valerie writes,” The Monday Blues is the kitschy name that we theatre people give to the grief that we feel when a project comes to a close and we are, once again, jobless or without a fulfilling project to work on. Even if we do have another project to go to, the transition from working closely with one group of people to working with a brand new group of people – some (if not all) of whom may be complete strangers – comes with mixed feelings. We are human, we are artists, and we are sensitive to our environment. It’s part of what drew us to theatre in the first place. The Monday Blues is just part of the process.”

For a big crowd of people, work has turned out to be a tall order over the decade. As companies continue laying off employees, those left have back-breaking responsibilities thrust upon them. Those who have had their jobs for ever so long tend to have unreasonably high personal standards for quality; They become so impossible to accomplish with the increased workload, that every Monday you tell yourself, “This is ‘The curse of Mrs. Ganush’ “.

What do you do then? Continue feeling miserable and/or quit your work? Or maybe try something you could wield to exorcize the Mondayitis.

Here are a few things you could try –

  • Laugh your way to work every Monday morning. It’s just another day. You won’t even remember how you felt about it, let’s say, a month from now.
  • Remember

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.
– Oscar Wilde

  • Open up a little more about your blues. Pretty sure you’ll find at least one other person with the same problem. And voila! You now have a friend to talk to every Monday morning. Now, isn’t that something to look forward to?
  • If your boss is flexible with his/ her employees choosing the day they take off from the weekly work, pick Monday. Maybe they’d like to do that too.
  • In your checklist for the tasks on Monday, start off with smaller ones. Seeing more tasks accomplished (regardless if they were smaller), will make you feel chirpier than you’d feel if you started with something big.

Well, these are a few things we try to make our Mondays better. Want to know more? We’d be more than happy to share. We’re Marketo Labz.

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