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The Bangles beat psychologists to the punch when they sang about Monday morning blues.Stand out from the rest of the Negative Nellie’s with a positive outlook and a smile on your face to chase away the Monday Morning Blues.
These negative emotions have in fact, become a cultural phenomenon, and this makes it easy to laugh them off as “just the way things are.” But they can be much more than a passing tiredness; they are often a serious warning sign that something isn’t right at work.
Think about what you like/dislike about your job and why you remain there. If the blues return every Monday morning, it’s a pretty clear sign it’s time to fix it and find another job. But if it’s an occasional bout of the blues, try to identify the issue and look at some of the ways you can cheer yourself and others up on an otherwise dreary Monday.
12 Ways to Beat the Monday Morning Blues
1. Don’t live for the weekends. Try not to only look forward to Saturday and Sunday; spread out the joy and plan something fun during the week, like a movie night with pals.
2. Relax. Pick either Friday or Saturday night to go out, and spend the other evening staying home with friends. (Game night, anyone?) Too much time out and about may lead to less sleep and pesky hangovers.
3. Don’t sleep in. Stick as close as you can to the same sleep schedule on weekends to feel rested and energized all week long.
4. Plan ahead Sunday night. Lay out the Monday morning outfit and pack a good lunch the night before—eliminating any stress in the A.M. will only make Monday’s more tolerable. And remember to recheck the alarm in order to wake up on time and avoid being late for work.
5. Hit the hay early on Sunday. Make sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep to gear up for the workweek. Getting to bed at a reasonable hour will make the alarm clock our new friend.
7. Get pumped with some tunes. While getting ready for work, turn up the music. This can boost your mood and get you pumped for work.
8. Hit the (early-bird) gym. It’s no secret that exercise amps up endorphin levels, so try getting in early morning exercise to start the day off right.
9. Look snazzy. New dress, new day. Save that latest fun purchase for Monday morning, or even wear red to feel more confident when headed to the office.
10. Smile! Smile in the shower, flash a grin when stopping for a quick cup-o-joe, and show those pearly whites to the whole office. Some contagious smiles could help make us feel a lot better.
11. Treat yourself. Make Monday rewarding: Indulge in a piece of chocolate, try to take a slightly longer lunch (if you can), or even enjoy your best meal of the week. Bonus: you’ll have great leftovers for a work lunch.
12. Take small breaks throughout the day. Don’t stay glued to the cubicle all day. Take a walk to get some fresh air, avoid eating lunch at the desk, or if possible, hit the gym for a quick workout.
Your negative feelings about Monday affect more than your mood. A pessimistic attitude can drastically affect the overall productivity of the work environment. Believe it or not, just one worker with a case of the “Mondays” can spread the doldrums to the whole team. Be the one who comes to work with a smile and leads the office out of the blues. Another bonus: your boss will take note in BIG ways.