Why is Monday the most depressing day of the week?
When I wake up on Monday mornings, it usually feels like a bus ran over my head. And it takes a lot of will power to throw off the covers and get myself out of my comfy bed.
For me, I think this is because, of all the days of the week, Sunday night seems to be the hardest for me to fall asleep. After all, I get to bed late on Friday and Saturday nights…and then I have to get back into my weekly routine of waking up at 6 a.m. And its difficult for my body to abruptly change sleep schedule like this — let alone on a weekly basis.
Mondays can also be depressing for people because the whole week is stretched before them — and they know it will be another five days before the weekend.
Here is some advice on how to cope with the Monday blues and start your work week off right:
Try to leave Sunday night free. Use the night to prepare for Monday so you don't feel overwhelmed when you wake up.
If you spend your entire weekend packed to the brim without any time spend pampering yourself, the stress will travel over the start of the work week. After relaxing on Sunday, Monday may not seem so difficult.
Also, try to get to bed at a decent time on Sunday. If you aren't tired, try to read a book in bed, watch some TV or take a long bath to try and relax yourself. I have the bad habit of getting home at 11 p.m. on Sunday night after hanging out with friends and then not understanding why I'm too wound up to fall asleep.
And do not, I repeat do not, drink too much on Sunday night. The worst way to start off the week is with a hangover.
Another way to ease the Monday stress is to prepare for Monday's work on Friday. Many times I wake up on Monday and think to myself — Uh oh, what all do I have to do today? If you plan out Monday's workload on Friday instead of mentally checking out for the weekend by mid-day, this will make Monday less of a "race to catch-up" day.
Also, if you think of Monday as the worst day of the week — most likely it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. So, stop thinking that way. Instead, think positively, like, "At least I have a job." Give yourself something to look forward to instead of dwelling on the things you cannot control.
Let me know, how do you cope with the Monday blues?