Mondayitis. The Monday Blues. Manic Monday.
Call it what you like, but that feeling of weariness, apathy, sadness and general distress that sets in on a Sunday night is not a figment of your imagination. Mondayitis is very real, and while a mild case can result in a struggle to get out of bed or out the door on time, extreme cases can result in not being able to get out of bed at all.
If Mondayitis hits you on a regular basis, or on other days of the week as well, it can have a significant impact on your state of mind, as well as your productivity. So, what can be done to treat Mondayitis and, ultimately, prevent it? It turns out there is quite a lot you can do.
Start preparing for Monday on Friday
Before you leave the office on Friday, take the time to tidy your desk. Plan for Monday, and the rest of the week as much as you can. Making a ‘to do’ list, or organising your Monday appointments on a Friday will mean that you start the week with a plan in place, reducing that disorgansied, manic Monday morning feeling. Perhaps even have your Monday morning tasks set out on your desk, so as soon as you arrive, you know what needs to be done first.
If you can, do things like shopping and cleaning on a Saturday, so that you can dedicate Sunday to looking after yourself. If you are going to have a big night out, Saturday night is the night to do it.
This is the day to pamper yourself, but not the day to sleep in. If you are going to sleep in, don’t stay in bed for too long. It is thought that maintaining regular sleep patterns over the weekend can go a long way to combating the effects of Mondayitis.
Avoid doing your housework on a Sunday, and also avoid overindulging in food or alcohol. If you’ve done the shopping on Saturday, perhaps try cooking and freezing batches of food for your weekday lunches. That’s one less thing to stress about on a Monday morning.
When that feeling of dread starts to creep in on a Sunday afternoon, take control by thinking about the great things you’ve done this weekend, and start planning your next weekend. While you’re in planning mode, organise a Monday lunch date with a friend, or a fun after work activity for Monday evening.