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Monday blues? How to beat them.

Beat the Monday blues

The ‘Monday Blues’ is a well-known phenomenon in office culture. We’ve probably all experienced that sinking feeling at one time or another.

However, if you always feel terrible on Mondays, you really need to ask yourself why. Perhaps you simply hate your job and need to find another.

However, it’s possible you just have a few niggles with the job that you could smooth out, so that work is more enjoyable.

Here are 8 steps you can take toward beating the Monday Blues – permanently.

  1. Make a list of your issues at work and analyse what’s bothering you. Can you identify any solutions? Decide that you are going to be proactive in improving your work life, whatever it takes.
  2. Write a second list, identifying the great things about your job. What are the benefits? What excites you? Do you see future opportunities?
  3. Now evaluate the pros and cons of your current situation. Is the overall picture encouraging? Focus on the positives and remember that all jobs have a few drawbacks.
  4. Consider your energy levels and build some relaxation into every weekend. If you like to party on Fridays and Saturdays, allow yourself some time to recover on Sunday afternoon. Go to bed early on Sunday evenings – you’re more likely to wake up feeling chirpy on Monday if you’re well-rested.
  5. Every Friday afternoon, spend a few minutes looking ahead to the following week. Plan how you will navigate next week’s work. Try to complete any difficult tasks on Friday, rather than leaving them for Monday morning. But if you do have unpleasant tasks to do on Monday, get them out of the way as early in the day as possible.
  6. Get up half an hour earlier on Mondays, so you can have a nice leisurely breakfast, and wear your nicest work outfit to the office. It helps to start the week feeling good about yourself.
  7. Listen to your favourite upbeat music on the way to work, and count your blessings – get into a positive mindset. Determine that you are not going to moan and gripe about the fact that it’s Monday and then you’ll more than likely have a great day!
  8. Make a rule that every Monday, you’ll do a random good deed to make someone happy – kindness has an anti-depressant effect on both parties. And remember, tomorrow is Tuesday.

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