Did you wake up this morning clutching your pillow like it was the only beacon of life support in the sea of dread you were drowning in? If this was you (well, firstly you should probably reconsider your current job) don’t worry, you’re not alone and there are ways to minimise Monday pain.
Mondayitis is a phenomenon whereby we mourn the weekend and lament the five days of work we have ahead of us. We all suffer from the occasional bout of lethargy after a particularly busy weekend, but if this is something that’s becoming a habit, it’s time to take some action.
The most important step to curing Mondayitis is to take responsibility for your own source of happiness, and to be proactive in the decisions that contribute to your overall wellbeing.
- CHOOSE A WINNER’S ATTITUDE
Your mind is a very powerful thing. You do have the power to choose your thoughts and how you feel. Choosing to be engaged, to be optimistic, to look past irritations can all go a long way to allowing you to enjoy your job, your workplace and your day in general. We call this: the winner’s attitude.
- PLAN TO MAKE A GREAT BREAKFAST
It’s no news that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Spend some time on Sunday planning a delicious, nutritional breakfast to make the very start of your week as enjoyable as possible. That could include preparing a batch of egg-white omelette mix, cutting up fruit to top your muesli, making avocado mash to enjoying with wholegrain toast… whatever gets you through!
- KNOW HOW YOUR WORKPLACE IMPACTS YOU
There’s no doubt that the environment that you work in impacts your happiness. How is your workplace influencing the strength of passion and energy you bring to work each day? If you haven’t done it for a while, take some time to reflect on what and whom have an energising influence on you, and make an effort to spend more time around those things and people.
- PERFORM A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS
If you’re suffering particularly bad from a dose of Mondayitis, chances are you’re not the only one. Why not make someone else’s day special by carrying out an unsuspecting kind act. Give up your car space, buy someone’s coffee, even a nice compliment could make their day (and often makes you feel better in the process.)
- THINK OF 5 THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR
Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and wishing the day away, think of five reasons to be grateful and repeat these as a mantra. It could be that you have a job when so many are struggling to become employed. You have a nice family. You live in a great country. You have your health.
It’s not all bad.