For many people, Mondays are a nightmare. People with Monday-morning syndrome regard Monday as the end of the weekend, endless work, fatigue, irritability, unwanted work and more. In fact, understanding the causes of Monday-morning syndrome also prevents this from happening. Here are the causes of Monday-morning syndrome and how to overcome it...
Do not alter your sleep routine
Our body and brain work according to a clock. This is called the body clock. Messing with your body clock can cause various problems. To understand this feeling, remember back to the days when there was summer and winter time. A changing body clock influences our body rhythm and our emotional state considerably. In fact, these one-hour changes do not only apply to summer and winter time. Because we make the changes that take place in an hour or more every weekend. On weekends we stay up late to have fun and have a pleasant time, and sleep longer to relax. And that may cause disturbances in the body’s rhythm. And that almost always means a bad start to the week! In other words, waking up on Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am and waking up on Monday at 07.00 am can lead to a not so dynamic start to the week ahead. To prevent that, it would pay off to keep your routine on Saturdays and Sundays.
Get used to sudden changes
In a study on Monday-morning syndrome, employees were asked to keep a record of their emotions. And the results were highly surprising! Employees felt just as stressed and depressed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as they did on Monday. So, Monday is no different than other days of the week. Employee sensations only changed on Fridays with the approaching weekend. To avoid feeling stressed and depressed on Mondays, we have to assume that this is only a transition from the weekend to the beginning of a new week and that Monday is no different than the other days of the week. Looking at things from this perspective may help you ward off the Monday-morning syndrome!
Socialize and relax
Monday-morning syndrome goes as far back as the human condition. Employees like extended holidays where they would like to see the jolly spirit of the weekend carried over into Monday or make up for failure to have fun time at the weekend on a Monday. Because we are all social beings. Therefore, interacting and communicating with others at work may help one feel safe. And that means more sufferable Mondays!
Do not push yourself too much at the weekends
Most of us throw caution to the wind, and let our hair down when the long-awaited weekend arrives. For instance, we ditch the diet if we are on one, or give our sports routine a break... Weekends are prone to lots of other digressions from our normal routine. According to a study in the U.S., women feel themselves less attractive on Mondays for this very reason. So please try to maintain your healthy routine throughout the weekend.
Try to like your job, or plan for a new career if you can’t
One reason behind the Monday-morning syndrome may be going back to a job you don’t like after a beautiful weekend. And going back to a job you don’t like every week may cause stress, depression and irritability, while destroying creativity and productivity. If this is why you think you are having a Monday-morning syndrome, maybe it is time for you to start planning for a new career.
Try to change how you look at Mondays
Studies show that even those who maintain their weight over the weekend suffer from a weakened performance on Mondays. There are also several studies that suggest that health problems such as strokes and heart attacks are most common on Mondays. So if you want a healthy, pleasant and happy week, you should first consider changing your perspective on Mondays!
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