“Tell me why I don’t like Mondays…”
We all know the feeling: after a great weekend, the alarm goes off and realisation dawns: it’s Monday morning. Again.
For many of us, it can trigger a sinking feeling of dread, as we take a deep breath and dive into another week.
It can go on for years, feeling stuck in a rut and unable to change anything.
But it doesn’t have to bet that way.
Here are 7 survival tips to help you beat the Monday Morning Blues.
Do you get the Monday Morning Blues?
Tip 1: Get specific
Rather than indulging in an open-ended rant about how awful Monday mornings are, it helps to get specific. What exactly is it you’re not enjoying?
Don’t be tempted to generalise – that leads to the proverbial mountain from a molehill. Being clear about specifically what is bugging you will reduce the problem to a more manageable size.
Tip 2: Time for wisdom
Remember the old saying:
“Grant me the patience to accept the things I cannot change…
… the courage to change the things I can…
… and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Tip 3: It’s up to you…
It’s up to you how much you make out of the Monday Morning Blues. Basically, if you can change things, then get active and do something about them. If you can’t, then you can always change how you choose to respond. Rather than getting wound up, stressed and frustrated, pick a different emotion – one that feels better. It’ll lift your week and that’s a promise.
Need a hand? This one should help: How to deal with difficult emotions in under five minutes.
Tip 4: Say No
Many of us end up with the Monday Morning Blues because we’re feeling overworked and undervalued. What would it take to say “no” every now and then? Not aggressively, but firmly and with compassion. How much could that change things for you?
Tip 5: Tell a new story
Do you need to tell a different story? It can be tempting to indulge in Monday Morning Whinging, but it’ll make you feel worse. Just don’t go there. How about having a Monday Morning Rule: if you can’t say something positive, say nothing?!!!
If your Monkey Mind is addicted to that old story, get a quick ‘how to’ for letting go of the story in point #1 of 3 Things You Can Do Today To Change Your Life.
Tip 6: Don’t ignore it
If Monday Morning Blues are a big issue for you, then there’s a reason for it. Ignoring them just keeps you locked in the Groundhog Day cycle. Negative emotions can be an early warning sign that you need to make changes – either in your life or in your response to it. Is there a tiny change you could make today that would help next Monday morning?
Tip 7: Say thank you
No matter how bad our Monday Morning Blues might be, there are always good things going on in our lives. How about looking for the positives and focussing on the things you enjoy about your Monday? It’s a sure-fire way to turn your Monday around and feel happier, fast.
If you’d like to dive more deeply into this one, how about joining in the fun with The Great Gratitude Challenge to discover how the simple act of saying ‘thank you’ can transform your world?
Bonus Tip 8: Start your Monday with something uplifting
How about turning things around? Mondays happen! Instead of dreading getting ready for work, how about choosing something to look forward to, instead?
What could you weave into your Monday that would make you smile? Then aim for that, instead of the bits that drag you down.
And you could keep a gratitude journal, so you could review the past week’s entries each Monday morning, to shift your mood and set your intention for the week.
What are your top tips for beating the Monday Morning Blues? We’d love to hear them – please share via the comments box, below.
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Great ideas here, Clare. I usually start Mondays with a Pilates class, which may have me groaning at the thought, but always leaves me feeling bright and awake and ready for the week. I’ll try to focus on the good feeling it gives me, rather than the early rise and scraping ice off my car to get there! Spring – bring it on!
Today is Sunday. From the evening I was grumpy, thinking about the Monday morning, breathing down on my neck. Suddenly I have encountered this write up , lo and behold, my worries and tense moments vamoosed.Thank you so much Clare…ardently hope that my Monday mornings would be never the same again…the feeling of down and out is gone. A warm thanks again.
Thank you so much for leaving this uplifting comment.
I’m really happy to hear that you have turned the corner on the Sunday Evening / Monday Morning Blues. Congratulations!
I hope you have a great week.
Focus on the positive instead of talking yourself into a bad week. And if the unhappiness is not just Monday but the job itself, then make a plan for change. Action itself can make a person feel more motivated.
Great points Laurie. As you say: make sure you’re not talking yourself into feeling miserable about it and, if necessary, take action to make inspired changes. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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Thank you Joice. It’s kind of you to say hello and let me know that the articles are hitting the spot for you.