Thank God It’s Monday: 7 Steps to Get Over the Monday Blues!

office by daniel morris

Question: “What is the technical meteorological term for a sunny, warm day which follows two rainy days?  Answer: “Monday!'” (Author Unknown)

Millions of Americans are overwhelmed by stress each and every Monday. “The Monday Blues” is a sense of dread that begins its descent every Sunday night and into Monday morning. Researchers assert that many people feel horrible on Mondays because they enter the work week with a one hour sleep deficit from staying up late over the course of the weekend.

Monday is known for its’ dreadful statistics. Twenty six percent of American workers call in sick on Mondays (a significant increase from the 14% who call in on Friday).   There are also 20% more heart attacks on Monday compared to the other six days and Monday distinguishes itself as the leading day for suicide!  Sadly, millions of people wake up on Mondays and just don’t feel good about the start of their week.

In contrast, the book of Genesis recounts creation and brings significant attention to the fact that God made seven—not six—beautiful, wonderful, and glorious days. He assessed His work and gave Himself an A+, remarking that it was “very good.” Also in Genesis and before the fall, God put man to work.  He gave him a job and intended for him to be productive.  So it is today—God continues to assign jobs and just as He did not intend for Adam to approach his work week in a “blue funk,” He does not intend for us to live 1/7th of our lives in a state of dread. Work, in and of itself, is a blessing and was never meant to be a curse. (Paul Edwards) God expects us to enter Monday, the start of our work week, with a sense of awe, anticipation and gratitude.

So here are 7 simple steps to get over the “Monday Blues” and begin to make Monday an awesome start to your week.

1)  Go to bed an hour early on Sunday and Monday evenings to ensure that you are well rested.

2) Prepare for your week on Sunday night.  This will reduce your anxiety and increase your sense of control.

3) Plan a series of treats to reward yourself throughout your Monday.  For example, treat yourself to a special flavored cup of coffee immediately when you get to work or  allot extra time, at the end of your day, to read your favorite book.

4) Start a personalized “TGIM” list — jot down all the things you are thankful for on Mondays.  Post your list in a conspicuous spot so that you can review it throughout the day.

5) Wear your favorite outfit to work and pay special attention to personal details (e.g., comb your hair in a new style or wear a special accessory).  Make yourself feel extra special at the start of your week.

6)  Start your day with laughter.  Read a good joke and share it with your co-workers.

7)  Focus on completing your most difficult tasks so that you end your day with a sense of accomplishment and know that the rest of your week will be a little bit easier.

Determine to make Mondays great and “if you don’t think every day is a great day, just try going without one.”  (Jim Evans)

What do you do to make Monday’s special?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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12 responses to “Thank God It’s Monday: 7 Steps to Get Over the Monday Blues!

  1. I will take your advice and treat myself to something special on Mondays. Chocolate Mondays!

    : )

    YUMMY!

  2. This is rather ironic. Mondays should feel like Fridays. Why are we not doing the work that we love and feel most passionate about? Perhaps if we all did we wouldn’t have a case of the “Mondays” .

    Are we actively seeking passion and purpose in our lives or complacently accepting our bad case of the “Mondays”??

  3. Nina Park

    I’ll make sure I put these tips into practice. =)

    Thanks.

  4. Nina Park

    I’ll make sure I put these tips into practice for next Monday! Thanks.

  5. Venus Walker

    Love the tips…#4&#7 are my favs!

  6. Great one ! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  7. I read this last monday but only had a chance to finish it today MONDAY again. how fitting!!!!! Thanks for sharing and look forward to Mondays from now on!!!!! Lets go Monday all day everyday!!!!!

  8. I always look to Monday as an exciting beginning of a new week. I love my work and that may differ from people who may not. I find that I determine my inside climate by keeping a smile and encouraging others. Does much to make a cloudy day outside, sunny inside. 🙂 Thanks for the great tips since so many do suffer from rainy days and Monday blues.

  9. Robyn….thanks for sharing. Your words are encouraging and remind me of a great quote, “You don’t ever have to wish me a ‘good day,’ because I don’t believe there are any bad ones.”

  10. Carolyn

    Wow this is really good information.

  11. Stefan Pisters

    Thank you for addressing this. Unfortunately, I feel this approach does not really get to the root of the problem. Of course, a lot can be fixed at least superficially by a change in attitude, but the root of the problem is often much deeper.

    Many people do not like going to work because they simply do not enjoy it. Of course, it isn’t usually so bad once you are in the flow of the week, but to go from a state in which one feels free into the trap that a job often is is never pleasurable.

    We should take a hard look whether this is how God intended us to work: forced by an economic system to do things that do not resonate with our soul’s purpose. I just don’t believe artificially fighting these feelings by introducing special flavors of coffee or jewelry quite cuts it for most people, no matter how positive their usual outlook.

  12. erin

    WOW…Stefan’s comment really hit home to me. The transition from the weekend which represents quality “me” and family time to working my fingers to the bone for corporate american greed is the root of my disdain for Mondays. FUnny thing is that Im a nurse and this work should be soulful and fulfilling to me, however, understaffing, overworking, and managed care take all the satisfaction out of my work.
    The answer for me does not come from an extra hour of sleep or a special treat. The answer more than likely falls on finding a better fit, unfortunately career change takes a lot of guts that Im not sure I posess at the moment.

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