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6 ways to make Mondays less awful

CareerBuilder | October 24, 2016

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If you have the Monday blues, here are some strategies to make Mondays less awful.

Americans may never completely agree on their choice of president or whether Rory should end up with Dean, Logan or Jess (Jess, all the way), but if there's one thing that unites us all, it's our hatred for Mondays.

If you've ever experienced the "Monday Blues," rest assured you are far from alone. Unfortunately, we need Mondays because that's when "The Bachelor" comes on, so Mondays are never going to go away. But there are a few ways to make Mondays a little less dreadful.Follow these strategies on how to make Mondays better:

  1. Work ahead on Friday. One of the reasons people dread Mondays is because they anticipate all the work they are coming back to. You can alleviate some of this anxiety by putting in a little extra work on Friday and taking care of some of your usual Monday morning duties ahead of time.
  2. Plan something fun for Monday evening. Plan something enjoyable to do after work on Monday. Schedule a massage for yourself, make reservations at a new restaurant or make plans to see a movie with friends. Giving yourself something to look forward to will fill your day with a sense of anticipation and excitement – as opposed to dread and foreboding.
  3. Keep a gratitude journal. Take some time out on Sunday evening to jot down 5 to 10 things you enjoy about your job (or what your job enables you to do). Reflecting on what you are grateful for can increase your feelings of happiness. Focusing specifically on work will not only give you a brighter outlook going into work on Monday, it may also help you sleep better, which will have its own beneficial effect on your workday as well.
  4. Work up a sweat. Here's something Garfield never tried: Exercise. Believe it or not, working out can make you happier at work. To beat the Monday blues, try waking up an hour earlier on Monday morning to hit the gym, take a yoga class or even go for a walk before work – anything that gets your body moving and blood pumping. Exercise increases those "feel good" endorphins that lift your mood, increase energy, lower stress and combat feelings of anxiety.
  5. Make friends with your co-workers. Research shows that having friends at work makes you happier at work, more satisfied and more engaged. The next time your company has a team happy hour, team outing or networking event, don't make your usual excuse about already having plans. While you can't force friendships to happen, chances are you have something in common with your co-workers. Find a common ground and go from there. Making friends at work may require breaking out of your comfort zone, but ultimately, you may find yourself actually looking forward to going back to work after the weekend.
  6. Dig deeper. If the Monday blues continue, it could be a sign that there is a bigger problem going on. Are you having problems with your boss or co-workers? Does your job no longer challenge you? Or has it become so overwhelming, you're having trouble keeping your head above water? Whatever the case, reach out to your manager or HR about your struggles and see what changes you can make to better your work situation. You may even find that your feelings are unrelated to work and may want to consider reaching out to a health care professional.

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