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.