I was sitting in a coffee shop mid-morning one Monday. I’d been there many times before, usually around the same hour, yet this time something was different. An anxiety permeated the air, so strongly that it overpowered the abundance of espressos in the place. I tried to pinpoint why the vibe felt so off – it was disturbing.
I looked around. Same tables. Same chairs. Same hip, multi-color-haired baristas.
Then I looked at people walking in and out, sitting at the tables, standing in queue, and it hit me…very few looked like they’d just had, or were about to have, a taste of the beverage that makes their hearts sing. (I don’t actually care for coffee – I love tea – but even I get the sacredness these aficionados feel for their fine morning brew.)
There were frowns, deep creases in foreheads, overall heaviness. Then it occurred to me – it’s Monday. I wondered if that was it.
Coincidentally, a couple weeks later I saw an article about the “Monday Blues.” The timing was quite fitting, as it was right after the daylight saving time change and I was rather grumpy – I don’t take well to losing time.
And it seems the "Monday Blues" are really a thing.
Science researchers studied the psychology and physiology on Monday’s impact on people and here is what they found:
- More heart attacks happen on Mondays than any other day of the week.
- People are at their heaviest weight on Monday (as they often choose to eat and drink more over the weekend).
- Sleep patterns are off on Monday, as many people go to bed and wake up at different times over the weekend, disrupting their weekday sleep pattern, making Monday morning feel more difficult.
- People feel least happy on Monday. They report being happiest on the weekends, so since Monday follows the happiest days, by comparison it feels less happy than other days during the week.
Ok – so know that we know the what and the why, how can you counteract the Monday Blues?
The Good News:
“All the things that cause the Monday Blues are entirely under your control. You are in charge of your eating, your sleep schedule, your thoughts, and your beliefs. This means that by adjusting habits and attitude you can start the week with a roar instead of a sigh.”
The article offers these the tips:
- Get enough sleep. Go to bed a little earlier than normal on Sunday night. Wake up a few minutes early and allow your body to ease into the morning rather than feeling rushed.
- Meditate. Take time to follow a guided meditation or sit in silence. The body is more ready to meet a busy day when it has spent some time in meditation.
- Allow for more time. Build in buffer time for traffic, for clearing the breakfast dishes or for a conversation with your loved ones. You’ll start your day in a less chaotic way.
- Eat a balanced breakfast. Choose breakfast foods that nourish and provide energy to sustain you until lunch. Avoid high sugar content and processed foods.
- Rethink your commute. Use that time to listen to a podcast or song that is uplifting or invigorating. Avoid the news, which can start the week with powerful negative images and stories.
- Plan your day. Organize and prioritize to create a clear plan to get more done. If you have time, plan lunch with a friend or coworker. Feeling connected helps boost your mood.
- Clear the clutter. Clear out your inbox and organize your desk to boost productivity. Outer clutter contributes directly to inner chaos.
- Be positive. Stop thinking of the Monday Blues. Mondays are a blank page and a chance to start fresh. Treat everyone with respect and encouragement and remember to smile.
- Schedule exercise. Exercise counteracts stress and helps maintain physical and emotional health. Schedule it and it will get done. If you leave it up to chance, it probably won’t.
- Count your blessings. Use gratitude to lift yourself up. There is never a bad time to stop and be thankful for the good things in your life.
"Since one seventh of your life will be Mondays, figure out a way to make the best of them. Following these tips will help dramatically increase your well-being.”
Choose a couple, stick with them and see what happens. They can’t hurt and might help! I'm in.
Wishing you a whole different color for your Mondays,
P.S. If these tips aren’t quite enough to get you over your Monday Blues, I’m here to help. Let’s chat about solutions to get you on a healthier, happier path. I offer a complimentary session and scheduling is simple with my online booking system: Schedule Now