In any office and in any city, you can find many people who are suffering from that dreaded condition called “Monday morning blues”.
The exact origin of this condition is unclear. Does it start the moment people open their eyes on Monday morning? Or does it slowly rise up as night falls on Sunday? More importantly, how do people cure it?
This article, in two parts, will offer some solutions and tips on how to cure your Monday morning blues so you can become a more productive and happier worker.
Change your mindset
Professor Charles Areni, who led a team of psychologists from the University of Sydney, collected mood information from hundreds of people, asking them for their worst and best morning and evening of the week.
He says: “The Monday morning blues and ‘Thank God it’s Friday attitude’ are largely inaccurate theories of how moods vary when they actually don’t,” he reported in News.com.au. Mondays are not actually blue at all, but we persist in the belief that they are.”
In offices all around America, people approach Monday with the mindset of “getting through” the week. In that scenario, Monday becomes the first stepping stone in an uphill battle.
If you hold that perspective, then you inevitably begin your week feeling down. Sure, there is work that is awaiting you, some of which you may not be looking forward to — projects that need to be completed; assignments that you dread; and co-workers that you don’t like.
Focus on what you want to accomplish in the upcoming week instead of merely getting through it, and your mindset will inevitably change.
Meet your basic needs
Professor Areni’s research indicates that the real low point of the week was Wednesday (aka “hump day”), not Monday, and that mood change and attitude was only slight for other days. He said the day-of-the-week stereotypes stemmed from a cultural belief that people were generally happier when they were free to choose their activities compared to when they were sitting at a desk.
Research indicates that those who are less susceptible to the Monday morning blues are those who have jobs which fulfil their most basic work needs, which are autonomy, the need for competency and the need for relatedness.
Seeking more freedom in your job and being empowered with the ability to make choices regarding how your work is done, is a major component of job satisfaction. Feeling good about doing your job to the best of your ability is also key.
Finally, finding people who can relate to you and your work challenges is crucial and underestimated. If there is no one within your organisation who fits this description, befriend someone similar at a neighbouring company who does.