NWL Week: Beat the Monday Blues

Published on: 03-10-2016

October 3rd – 7th is National Work-Life Week. This week, we will be sharing our top tips on how to improve your well-being at work and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Adrem - Beat the Monday Blues
Adrem - Beat the Monday Blues

Have you got the Monday Blues?

As part of National Work-Life Week, Adrem experts are looking at how to work on and overcome the challenges that can happen in your career.

Monday blues is the sad feeling that you’ve got an entire work day, or work week, ahead of you. We’ve all experienced it some time in our work life, feeling deflated and demotivated at work or stressing over the week’s workload you’re about to encounter on a Monday morning.  This may be common but it shouldn’t be a routine.  If this occurs regularly, it’s a significant sign that you are unhappy at work and you need to fix it or move on…


5 Ways to Overcome the Monday Blues:

1.      Prepare for Mondays on Fridays

Whether it be preparing for the week ahead or clearing out the backlog of last week’s tasks, Mondays can be stressful. To avoid feeling overwhelmed try to wrap up or tackle as many unpleasant tasks as possible on the Friday before, leaving Monday to deal with fresh, new tasks.


2.      Make the most of your weekends

Enjoy the company of friends and family, plan activities and switch off. Leave work at the office on Fridays and avoid checking those emails over the weekend, especially if the respondents won’t reply until Monday. It is important to have a well-balanced work life and ensure your brain takes a break as well.


3.      Keep your week exciting

Make a list of things to look forward to in the week, this can be meeting up with friends or family or attending special events. Having variety breaks up routine and makes things more interesting. If you find you’ve settled into a routine and you’re bored out of your mind, ask your boss if you can have some more challenging work. Your boss will be impressed, and you’ll find your job more satisfying.


4.      Sleep well and wake up early

Having the right amount of sleep can improve your mornings and help keep you motivated. On average, a healthy adult should have between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep each night to function at their best. Give yourself enough time in the morning to get ready and arrive to work on time to avoid feeling rushed and anxious, which will influence the way you deal with your tasks.


5.      Exercise and eat healthy

Exercise will naturally boost your mood and has the added benefit of helping you sleep better. If you feel sleepy and unfocused try switching your breakfast to some type of brain food to jump-start your day.


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Adrem - Brighten up your Mondays
Adrem – Brighten up your Mondays

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Written by: Savina Tang