Mondays are often coloured blue. Sunday night came too fast, Monday morning arrived too soon and Friday can’t come soon enough.
The Monday Blues are a negative set of emotions that contain elements of tiredness, depression, or a lack of motivation. The emotions are so prevalent that too often people laugh them off as “that’s just the way things are.”
But they are not a passing tiredness. Often, they are a warning sign that something needs to be changed.
There are six ways to start a turnaround.
6 Ways To Brighten Up Mondays
1. Wake up early on Monday.
What? Wake up early? Why would I do that? This seems counterproductive but hear me out. Waking up before you usually do on a Monday means you can have some “you” time before your shift or going to the office.
Plan ahead for your next next Monday. And while you’re at it, think about your routine on Friday and Saturday.
2. Monday starts on Saturday and Friday.
Do you love sleeping in on Saturday? And Sunday? Sticking to the same sleep schedule can help you adjust to the shift back to work days from your schedule free weekend. Plus, keeping a regular sleep schedule all week can help you feel rested and energized, and doing so is great for your mood in general. Try it and see if it doesn’t do your Mondays a favour.
On Fridays work to eliminate or reduce the amount of things you have to deal with on Monday. Especially the things you least like. Pay it forward to yourself.
3. Wear bright clothing.
Jocelyn and I decided to turn blue Mondays on their head by making Mondays bright. Anything from a colorful shirt or blouse to brightly colored socks.
Color streak your hair.
Join us by wearing something bright or brightening up someone’s day.
4. Brighten up someone’s day.
Check in on someone you may not have spoken to in awhile, or who you think may be struggling. Get a cup of tea or coffee and get chatting!
Offer to make a hot drink for a colleague you haven’t spoken to recently. Get some Timbits or donuts or a Big Mary Monday Special for your team. Pay someone a compliment.
5. Dress up your workspace.
Print off colourful bunting.
Decorate your area with some plants.
Print out an inspiring quote.
Print a photo that makes you smile.
Set up a small bowl of fresh fruit on your desk. Or M & M’s.
If you love your job and are passionate about what you’re doing, going in to work Monday morning is another opportunity to do what you love. But if you’re feeling under-appreciated or unsatisfied with your job, it can be especially difficult to start another seemingly endless workweek.
Start by identifying the problem. Is it a difficult co-worker? The stress of unrealistic expectations? Or is it your job?
Your Monday blues may be sending you a signal that colours alone won’t brighten.
Please leave a comment below and brighten our day. Thank you.
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I’m not a morning person. Bright Monday? I promise I’ll try.
Every Easter Henry gave me a beautiful flowering plant. You know what? I’m going to make this my first bright Monday and buy myself a flowering plant! Thank you for the idea. God bless us all.
Easter Sunday service at the church I attend was truly remarkable. The Holy Spirit poured out so incredibly everyone was blessed, in His presence people, repented, cried and were totally awed.
No this will not be a blue Monday here.
Great and do-able suggestions to make my Mondays better and colourful! Thank you for your well thought and practical to do list.
Continue what you do. Blessings to you and Jocelyn. Rene & I hope we could buy you and Jocelyn coffee (& bagel) sometime soon.
Coffee and bagels sound like a great way to see you and Rene again! Memories of Israel. Shalom.
I don’t have very many “Blue Mondays”, but that is great advice Pastor Bob. I love reading your blog. I look forward to it every week.