Monday Blues, are they Real?

Updated on November 10th, 2021

Ever feel sad and depressed waking up on a Monday morning that getting up to bathe and dress up for work suddenly feels like an arduous task. It might interest you to know that while some have said that this can be a scientific issue, it is entirely a matter of choice. You could choose to have good Monday mornings or a shitty one; here is why.

Monday blues

It is not uncommon to feel the dreary drag of early morning as you dread the incoming Monday while sitting on your couch on a Sunday night. The start of a workday can sometimes be sad and frustrating. You wish the weekend could go on forever; some beg that a day is between Sunday and Monday and be named’ getting ready for hell’ day. Most often than not, the weekend is not always enough to relish the accumulated stress of the week, stress our limbs, and go out with friends and loved ones. Even taking time to relax and get your mind together might be a tasking job as Saturday turns into Sunday and the dreaded Monday creeps into view. This feeling of laziness and lack of motivation to saddle up and get back to work is referred to as Monday Blue.

If you are not a Monday person, the chances are that it might not be the day itself you dread; you might hate what you do. Or it might be that your job doesn’t bring you as much happiness and you expect. Though the chances are that you are just a lazy unhappy person, who loves the calm and serenity the weekend offers instead of the hustling and bustling of the working days. If you are this kind of person, you will not just hate Mondays. You will hate Tuesdays down to Friday. That is not a good way to live one’s life. It is pertinent to strive to strike a balance between work and social life. Make plans and execute them.

What do we mean by Monday Morning Blues, and why do I have them?

According to Alexander Kjrulf,  at Forbes “The ‘Monday Blues’ describe a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek if they’re not happy at work,” “It contains elements of depression, tiredness, hopelessness and a sense that work is unpleasant but unavoidable.” That signifies that Monday blue is often associated with being unhappy. If you are happy, there is no point in not having a good Monday morning; you’d be prepared and happy to face the new challenges the week has to offer, not tired, sad, and depressed.

If you find yourself asking, why do I have Monday blues, you might want to make sure you question the sort of personality you’ve been leading. The first question you might want to ask is: ‘do I consider myself a lazy person? Or ‘Am I just generally unhappy?’ The Monday blues might mean you need to adjust your schedule and have a stricter boundary between work and play.

Sometimes, not having a good Monday often result from a lack of preparedness for work on Sunday. If you do not take time to prepare for the first workday on Sunday nights, then you’d be setting yourself up for a slow drag on Monday.

Avoiding Monday Blues

While it is natural to have Monday Blues, you can beat it. You only need to adjust your work and social life. Creating a proper balance between work and having fun is crucial to having a happy week.

I don’t look forward to just the weekend.

If you feel stressed out while working through the week, chances are you’d be much happy over the weekend. So don’t only look forward to the weekend, spread your happiness all through the week by keeping a positive attitude. You could plan something fun during the week, like a night out with friends, a movie night, or simply hang out with pals.  The goal is to make every day of the week count.

Love what you do

To be happy during the week, you have to find something you love doing and keep doing it. If you hate your job or sucks at your job, then you can never be happy to see a Monday morning. People who love their jobs tend to look forward to getting back to work and working on new challenges. Some even plan out action plans and milestones to achieve during the week. Weekends for them are for relaxation and preparing for Monday.

Get enough rest on Sunday.

Treat Sunday as a resting day in preparation for Monday, go to bed early, and get enough sleep. Prepare for the next day and put everything you need for Monday morning in place. You can also try to read some soothing, inspirational books while at it. Do not burn yourself out having fun all weekend only to wake up to a hangover on Monday. It is necessary to be well-rested to avoid total burnout during the week.

Keep a positive vibe.

Strive to keep a positive vibe on Monday mornings, dress nicely, boost your morale through music or what makes you happy. Be open to humor among your peers and avoid things that will get your spirit down or sour your mood, especially on Monday morning.

Have work friends

Make friends with your colleagues and discuss healthy and positive issues. People who tend to distance themselves from other employees are often unhappy at work. If you love your job, you will have friends among your peers. That can elevate your spirit and create something to look forward to while coming in on the first day of the week.

Adopt an early Morning Workout Routine

Be an early bird. It might sound stressful, but it has been proven that people who work out early on Monday morning appear more refreshed and ready to face the task hard on.

Take Breaks through the Day

Observe your breaks at work. Those small breaks are an avenue to relax and have brief smiles with friends and colleagues. It can re-energize you and reduce your stress level.

Final Thoughts.

Monday Blues are authentic. However, you can have a good Monday morning if you plan. Observing most or all of the above-suggested ways will ensure that you never dread Monday again. There is nothing like I’m not a Monday person; you are either unhappy with what you do or lazy. If you allow yourself to hate Mondays, then the chances are that you will hate every other day of the week. While some people think that there is the need to add a day to the weekend, the truth is, no matter the number of days added. If you don’t imbibe a positive attitude towards work and allow yourself to have fun both on weekends and during the week, the weekend will never be enough.

Sophia is a mental health and wellness expert with a background in psychology and over 8 years of experience in content writing. She focuses on learning and writing about the skills people need to heal, cultivate happiness, and restore joy in their lives.