Sunday night dread used to be part of my life. That sinking feeling, when the fact that the weekend is more or less over and you have to go to work the next day hits you. It is so frustrating because rather than enjoying the last part of your day off you find yourself switching back into work mode. Unfinished business from the week before creeping back into your thoughts, bothering and distracting you. You start thinking back wistfully to Friday night when everything seemed great and you still had two whole days off to go.
By Monday you can have multiplied the uncomfortable feelings and then feel quite down about the fact you have to go to work. The result, Monday blues.
We all know colleagues who wear their heart on their sleeve. Their bad mood will not go unnoticed. Some of them can put on quite a show of their unhappiness. Stomping into the office, throwing their bag down, huffing and puffing, you know the sort of thing! Trouble is this really doesn’t benefit anyone, quite the opposite. We have all seen it, one person is snappy, another feeling a bit down, as my friend would say ‘they’ll be tears…’. Don’t get pulled down by others.
We really have to be careful that we don’t slip into living for the weekend. We spend so many hours at work that anything we can do to make us enjoy our day is so valuable that we ought to jump on it.
The good news is that you can beat the blues. Beginning your days with a meditation will certainly help you to have the benefit of clear thinking. Often our worries about Mondays are out of proportion to the reality of the situation. Once you get to work and have done a couple of jobs you realise that it is not that bad.
Another top tip to make your Monday a positive day is to do a random act of kindness. When we do something good for others is creates a feel good state of mind for us and hopefully makes the recipient happy too. It’s a win win situation.
Today my act took me 2 minutes and very little effort. It made a lovely start to my Monday morning. At 8 minutes to 11 I noticed my friend was not at her desk and logged on as she needed to be. I nipped to her desk and switched her computer on for her. The computer slowly revved into action and was started up and ready to go by the time she rushed in. She was grateful and relieved and I felt pleased I had made that small effort and helped her out. It really was the thought that counted.
So that was easy but the next stage that I am striving for is to do some acts where I know I will not get any recognition. This will mean that my motivation will be totally for the good of others and there will not be a part of me calculating the gain for me.
Fancy having a go? Try leaving a treat in the work kitchen for everyone. Perhaps a cake you baked with them in mind. If you have health conscious colleagues perhaps a bowl of fruit. If you know someone at work who is having a tough time perhaps leaving them a bunch of flowers. It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture, just a thoughtful one.
Watch their reaction to this act of kindness and you will remember the moment and be spurred on to further kindness.
So make your Monday matter, think of others and take the focus of your own woes. When you are seeking out opportunities to be kind you will soon forget about your own troubles. It really works. You will feel good about yourself and positive towards others.
Come on a revitalise day to learn how to get your meditation going strong so that you have the clarity of mind to be kind, so that you are a positive force rather than a Monday miser!