Monday morning is a highly stressful day for many people. It is the time when people return to work or school after the weekend. If the weekend was long, such as a three day weekend because of a holiday, it can be more stressful than the average end to the weekend. If returning to work occurs after a vacation, the level of stress can be the most stressful of all. If either work or school is unpleasant or, worse, hated, getting up to go to start the day can be extremely difficult. Even those people who like their job or school can find starting the week a jarring experience. If you fall into the category of people who experiences this stress and depression on Monday morning you are not alone
What are some of the things people can do to reduce stress on Monday morning?
ØWhat I found helpful everyday of the week was to go to work early, get a cup of coffee and the newspaper and go to the office so I could read peacefully while adjusting to being in the work environment. If you don't have an office, going to the local diner or the employee cafe can provide also provide the opportunity to quietly adjust to work. It's like going into the pool gradually rather than diving in and being shocked by the cold water.
Ø Don’t take things personally. So your boss rejected your proposal…for the fifth time. You have a few options: you can become defensive and declare war on this tyrant parading around as your manager, or you can take a deep breath and remember your boss is simply doing his/her job to bring out the best in you. In this case, perspective largely determines whether this will be a positive or negative experience. It’s not all about you, and sometimes that’s a good thing.
ØOnce work starts and if you are able, focus on the easy tasks first while gradually working up to those that are more difficult and challenging.
ØGive yourself something to look forward to for that day (and for every day). Scheduling a lunch with colleagues is one idea or going for a walk during lunch or any other pleasant activity.
Ø Avoid office drama. Although you can’t control what the people around you say or do, you have complete control over whether you partake in the antics. Shut your office door, plug in your ear buds, or pretend you’re so focused on work that you don’t even hear what’s being said. Whatever method you choose, do yourself a favor and steer clear of office drama; it’ll spare you unnecessary disputes and the accompanying anxiety
ØSchedule fun things to do with the family after work so that there is always something to look forward to.