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Monday-itis??? Ways to Start the Week with a Bang

April 30th, 2007 by rosie · 1 Comment


Surely you’ve heard of Mondayitis? AKA the Monday Morning blues? Having a case of the Mondays?

Whichever term you are familiar with, Monday-itis- the feeling of dread, sadness, apathy, or dreariness associated with starting the work week- is real for many people. Studies show that as many as 87% of employees are unhappy with their job and that definitely is a factor in having a case of the Mondays.

But what about the self-employed? While it’s true that the self-employed are generally happier, more satisfied people, the Monday morning blues might still occasionally creep in, especially in times of stress.

Here are some ways to start your work week with a bang and beat those Monday morning blues!

1. If you can, get an extra hour of sleep. If an hour is not possible, try for an extra 15 minutes. You will need to do some extra prep on Sunday evening to shorten the time it takes for you to get ready.

2. Get out of bed immediately instead of lingering under your blankets, which only prolongs the sense of dread.

3. Do something invigorating in the mornings before work. End your shower with a jolt of cold water, do some stretches, get in some exercise (such as a brisk walk, which will get those feel-good endorphins flowing), incorporate some aroma-therapy, do breathing exercises, get in some sunshine, listen to your favorite tunes, etc.

4. Eat a good breakfast. Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day (gets your body going for the day), so think of Monday’s breakfast as the most important meal of the week! Don’t eat something that will make you drowsy later or will make your blood-sugar plummet in a few hours.

5. Have some caffeine. Being addicted to caffeine is not a good idea, but for days when you need that extra oomph, then go ahead and indulge.

6. Be prepared for Monday. On Friday, don’t leave too many unfinished tasks for Monday. Finish what you can and then make a realistic to-do list so that when you start work on Monday, you hit the floor running.

7. Be positive. Attitude affects so many aspects of life, so remember to have a positive, can-do attitude. Accept that the weekend is over and get psyched up for your work week.
If you feel like you may be coming down with a case of the Mondays, or it’s hard for you to get into work mode after the weekends, then try some of these suggestions. You will find the momentum you need to jump start your work week!

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    1 Comment

    Comment by free ipod classic
    2008-01-01 23:14:31

    here are a couple of things i do to prepare for monday

    1) go to bed early on sunday – i try to be in bed by 7p (even if it’s while watching football)

    2) iron your clothes on sunday night – you’d be surprised how much time you save

    3) shave on sunday night – i’m in and out of the shower so much quicker.

    4) make a big enough dinner on sunday night to carry over into monday morning – i’m not a big breakfast eater. so if i can have some leftover spaghetti or a piece of steak before i had out to work, it helps me get through monday morning.

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