Struggling with a case of the Monday blues that makes it tough to get through the day? You don’t have to get through Mondays – you can get back to enjoying them when you use any of the following tried-and-true cures for the Monday blues.
Are there any real cures for the Monday blues?
The Monday blues are an age-old phenomenon. We can’t say how long people have been feeling a sense of dread and sadness about Mondays, but it probably had something to do with the advent of the 40-hour workweek. A study of Twitter posts found that people are most likely to feel blue on Mondays and Tuesdays, the days that mark the beginning of the workweek.
One study found that most workers don’t crack a smile until around 11:16am on Mondays, while it happens much earlier on other days of the week. And one Japanese study found that suicide rates peak on Mondays – could it all be coincidence, or are we really struggling with this day of the week more than others? It seems that the latter explanation is more likely. Here’s how to fight the Monday blues when they come around.
“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” – The Carpenters, Rainy Days and Mondays
5 Immediate Cures for the Monday Blues
1. Stop waiting for the weekend. Research has found that there’s a significant correlation between being blue on Mondays and being happiest over the weekend. If that sounds like you, stop waiting for the weekend to be happy and do enjoyable things. Take back your week by planning pleasurable activities throughout the week to keep your mood lifted and ensure you always have something to look forward to.
2. Don’t sleep in on weekends. We know – you’ve waited all week long to sleep in. But sleeping in too late on the weekends is correlated to how much Mondays affect you, so skip the Saturday sleep-a-thon and try to wake up within an hour or two of your normal weekday rising time. This will keep your circadian rhythms in check, ensuring you don’t wake up Monday morning feeling sleep deprived and down.
3. Listen to upbeat music. The right music can cure what ails you, especially if what ails you is a bad case of the Monday blues. We wrote a post about choosing the right music to make you more productive – the really cool part about this is that the music that makes you perk up and be more productive isn’t usually the same music that you consider your favorite type. Read this post to find out what the best type of music is for you to boost your productivity based on your music preferences.
4. Start planning Sunday night. Go ahead and get your outfit together and laid out, pack your lunch, make a list of to-dos for Monday morning – whatever planning you can get a head start on over the weekend, do it. If you can take care of stressful items on Sunday night, you make your Monday morning that much less unbearable. You also train yourself to be more organized and use your weekends wisely to plan your upcoming week.
5. Get dressed up. Just this once, buy a new outfit for work. Wear an accessory that makes you feel like you’re looking sharp. Choose a bold color that you don’t normally wear. Whatever you can do to make Monday feel more like an event than a chore will help. When you feel confident about the way you look, it can make a big difference in your mood for the rest of the day. The compliments you’ll undoubtedly receive won’t hurt, either!