5 Habits On How To Make Mondays Bearable

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We’ve all experienced the dread of another Monday. It’s not fun, and we wish we could just skip ahead to Tuesday. Sadly, Mondays are unavoidable; they’re here to stay. So here are some suggestions for making Mondays more bearable.

Anxiety over Monday

Sunday has come and gone, and another week is about to start. The day after Sunday always strikes fear in the hearts of many people.

MONDAY.

It’s a seemingly innocuous name for a day that inspires a collective desire to continue living without it. It has also been linked to heart attacks in people who are constantly stressed.

But, despite your best efforts, you know there is no way to make Monday disappear. So, what are your options? As one well-known person once said:

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

– Maya Angelou

So, here are some simple habits you can develop to change your attitude toward Monday.

Do not schedule meetings on Mondays

Here’s one habit to make Mondays more bearable: no meetings on Mondays. Particularly in the morning.

To overcome your apprehension about having to face Mondays, avoid scheduling meetings on the first day of the week. At any cost.

This way, you’ll know that your Monday won’t start with an intense mental workout. For example, developing strategies, coming up with ideas, digesting new information, or dealing with production, sales, or personnel issues.

You can then start your week off in a relaxed and calm manner. Allowing you to ease back into work mode gradually and not abruptly.

Don’t make important decisions

In the same way that it is best not to schedule meetings on Mondays, it is also best not to make important decisions on Mondays.

Let’s face it: you’re not in the best shape to make important decisions right now. Getting over the fact that it’s Monday and you have to go to work clouds your judgment.

For instance, you may automatically say yes to a business proposition. That you would not have said yes to if you were in a “working” frame of mind. Because you simply wanted the discussion to end.

Therefore, if you want to avoid making bad decisions that will cost you time, money, or effort, postpone decision-making to a day other than Monday.

Schedule something to look forward to

Instead of making Mondays stressful and demanding, you can make them more interesting. A day to be excited about and look forward to.

You can accomplish this by planning a lunch or dinner with friends after work. Make a Monday night date with your significant other. Make it a movie or game night for the whole family. Allow yourself a treat. Basically, any activity that makes you want Mondays to arrive as soon as possible.

With this habit, you can quickly overcome your apprehension about Mondays and approach the first day of the week with a more positive and productive attitude.

Give yourself a pat on the back

Another habit you can form to improve your mood on Mondays is to set aside a few minutes in the morning to write down your accomplishments. Your wins- big or small.

This will undoubtedly boost your energy levels more than coffee. Hey, you’ve done something great; therefore, you should keep doing what you’re doing and face Monday head-on, right?

Don’t skimp on your sleep

A good night’s sleep prepares you for the day ahead. This is especially useful on Mondays. If you sleep late on Sunday, you are unlikely to be in a good mood on Monday. The opposite is also true.

So don’t shortchange yourself on sleep. If you require a good 8 or 9 hours of sleep to feel truly rested, make sure to sleep at the appropriate time of night.

What makes you dread Mondays?

If these habits do not improve your relationship with Mondays, it’s time to ask yourself, “Why exactly do you ‘hate’ Mondays?”

This introspection will give you a better understanding of why you dislike Mondays. Because let’s be honest, changing your attitude is one thing, but perhaps the solution now is to change the situation?

Maybe you’re afraid of Mondays because you don’t like your workplace. Your coworkers are mean to you? Your boss isn’t on board with what you’re trying to do? You don’t feel appreciated, or your job doesn’t fulfill you?

You’ll be able to find other solutions and take action to improve your situation once you’ve identified the root cause of your dislike for Mondays.

Conclusion

Mondays have a reputation for eliciting a grimace whenever they are mentioned.

However, not liking Mondays will not make them go away. So your only option is to change your attitude toward them. That is if you want to make Mondays work for you instead of being a constant annoyance.

So here are some simple habits you can adopt to make your Mondays bearable:

  • Do not schedule meetings on Mondays.
  • Don’t make important decisions.
  • Schedule something to look forward to.
  • Give yourself a pat on the back
  • Don’t skimp on your sleep.

If these habits don’t work, it’s time to ask yourself if you have any deeper reasons for hating Mondays. It’s most likely not you anymore, but your situation?

You will be able to find other solutions that will help improve your situation once you have identified the root cause of your dislike.

So, here’s wishing you a Happy Monday!

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Outside reference/s:

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