Updated: Jun 12
Uuuugghh......Mondays!!!!! Why are Mondays so hard?
Well, in an article written by Kathy Benjamin for Mentalfoss.com, there are 6 scientific reasons why Mondays are the worst.
1. Sleep Patterns: "Our minds are slaves to our body clocks. Most people like to sleep in on the weekend and it throws our body clocks off."
2. Socializing: Kathy writes "Humans are social animals, and to feel happy we need to feel comfortable with our place in a “tribe,” so to speak. Even after just two days away, according to scientists, we need to make sure our place in our work environment is secure."
3. Sudden Change: "All workdays are equally terrible. But if you ask people to remember which day was worst, they will always say Monday. This comes down to the fact that there is a larger emotional shift from Sunday (a happy weekend day) to Monday (a workday)"
4. You Feel Worst About Yourself: "Your average weekend might involve eating, drinking, or smoking more than normal. And all of these things take a toll on you physically, which may be why one study found that American women of all ages and locations feel least attractive on Mondays"
5. You Are Less Healthy: "On a Monday, you actually are less healthy. Scientists have found that even people who generally maintain their weight weigh the most at the beginning of the week. Mondays are also the most common day for people to suffer heart attacks and strokes".
6. You Don't Like Your Job: According to a massive Gallup poll, 70 percent of people hate or, at best, are “completely disengaged” from their job. This contributes to what psychiatrists and career coaches call the “Monday Blues.”
So as Kathy Benjamin so accurately describes Mondays are horrible! Scientifically horrible!
However, armed with this information we can make some adjustments.
A. Maybe we can continue a healthy sleep pattern on the weekend! Or maybe we can work on being more secure in our own identities through self-love, less comparison, and therapy. And the results will be the need for less validation from our coworkers.
B. Maybe it's as simple as changing your perspective around understanding that the workload for Monday is the same workload as the other days.
C. How about we continue our healthy eating and exercising even over the weekend.
D. Lastly, we can set as a long term or short term, if possible, to find a job or career that we love.
I know, I know, it's easier said than done!? The flip side is we can combat our manic Monday the same way we combat our mania - with proper strategies, healthy routines, and planning and execution.
Maybe living too much for the weekend is impulsive behavior. One of the classic definitions of impulsive behavior is engaging in harmful activities without considering possible consequences. So, maybe...just maybe, we never accounted for how we live on the weekend directly affects our Monday.
Listen, have fun on the weekend. Have a ball! Just make some minor adjustments so that you can continue to live your best life.......even on a Monday!
Tell us about your most Manic Monday? Tell me one thing you're willing to change over the weekend?
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Written by: Q. Edmonds