Beating the Monday Blues
Thu, April 22, 2021

Beating the Monday Blues

The Monday Blues describe a set of negative emotions that a lot of people get at the beginning of the workweek, especially if they are not happy at work / Photo by: H_Ko via Shutterstock

 

If you dread heading to work on a Monday morning or can't seem to get yourself out of bed to put on your school uniform, then you might be suffering from the ‘Monday Blues’.

The Monday Blues describe a set of negative emotions that a lot of people get at the beginning of the workweek, especially if they are not happy at work. It is generally recognized by feeling extreme sadness, anxiety, or stress on the first day of the week. According to Forbes, a global media company focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle, Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work, stated that Monday Blues contain elements of tiredness, depression, hopelessness, and a sense that work is unpleasant but unavoidable.

Kjerulf stated that Monday Blues have become so prevalent that the concept has turned into a cultural phenomenon. “But they can be much more than just passing tiredness; they are often a serious warning sign that something is not right at work. If you were happy, you'd be excited and energized on Mondays, not tired and depressed,” he added. 

There are several factors for why you feel this way. For instance, you might not be satisfied with the kind of job that you are doing, not be happy with your boss, colleagues or work environment, and feel that your life is very mundane. Rita Friedman, a Philadelphia-based career coach, stated that if a person loves their job, going to work on a Monday morning is another opportunity for them to do what they love. 

“But if you're feeling under-appreciated or unsatisfied with your job, it can be especially difficult to start another seemingly endless workweek,” Friedman said. 

What It Means

A person’s motivation to start the week right is important in boosting their overall mood. While it is normal to experience Monday Blues once in a while, too much of this can be quite exhausting. You need to look at the reasons you continuously feel this way every Monday. Here are some examples: 

1 - Your life is out of balance.

Sometimes, life gets extremely busy that we are not able to step back and see where we are now. It’s important to reflect once in a while to check if you are still on the right path or if everything is still balanced. According to Psych Central, an independent mental health social network overseen by mental health professionals, people need to remember to refuel through self-care no matter how important work is. This includes taking time for some fun and vacations, developing a hobby or interest, and doing the usual daily regimen of eating right, sleeping enough, and getting some exercise. 

A person’s motivation to start the week right is important in boosting their overall mood. While it is normal to experience Monday Blues once in a while, too much of this can be quite exhausting / Photo by: fizkes via Shutterstock

 

2 - Your job isn’t workable.

Work nowadays has become a lot more demanding over the past several years. Today, people need to work long hours to satisfy their job requirements. They need to wake up even before the sun rises just to get to work only to come home extremely late at night. During work hours, you are piled with tons of tasks that seem endless. While it’s true that no job is easy, people also have different ways of handling these kinds of situations. This can be so exhausting and tiring, it might burn you out.

3 - Your attitude towards work needs adjustment.

Employees themselves can be the problem. They take their jobs for granted and focus on other activities, they develop an attitude where they see work as a major distraction from enjoyment. If this is the case for you, you need to assess your priorities.

How to Beat the Monday Blues

Monday Blues are easy to overcome or manage if you have the right ways and motivations. It is important to address this problem because it can affect not only the way we see and treat our jobs but also our overall perspective of life. The Monday Blues can have a negative impact on your performance and productivity. Here are some ways be free of them:

1 - Identify the problem.

It’s important to recognize all the factors that made you feel this way, especially if you feel the Monday Blues every week. It’s a sign that you are unhappy with your work, so acknowledge the problem. Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, suggested listing the things that are bringing you down so you can actively find solutions to them. “It’s a way of empowering you to take charge and try to improve the situation,” she said.

Monday Blues are easy to overcome or manage if you have the right ways and motivations / Photo by: marekuliasz via Shutterstock

 

2 - Disconnect over the weekend.

People should make sure that weekends are for resting, which means not bringing work home. According to Healthline, an American provider of health information, you are likely to get burned out of you constantly check emails when you should be taking the weekend to relax. This also means taking the time to rest and get enough sleep. 

3 - Reconnect with your goals.

When you are extremely exhausted and frustrated with work, it’s time to reconnect and realize why you are doing this in the first place. Whether it is for our family, career, or ourselves, it’s important that we remind ourselves of our goal. It’s also quite helpful to feel grateful.

However, always remember your limitations and know when you really should quit. Beating the Monday Blues also means that you need to take care of yourself and make sure that you are not sacrificing yourself just to fulfill a job.