So it’s already a couple of weeks into the working year and you might be finding that the energy you had after your end of your break is starting to wane and the idea of going to work on Monday morning makes you want to crawl under the covers and go back to sleep. Maybe that feeling is starting to creep in on a Sunday evening, ruining your weekend. Well, I have some ideas on why that happens and how to overcome your Mondayitis.
(If you don’t work a Monday to Friday week substitute whatever your first day of the working week is instead. “FirstDayOfTheWorkingWeekitis” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it so stay with me as I use Mondayitis.)
If you regularly suffer from Mondayitis you aren’t alone. The Urban Dictionary describes it as:
a feeling of weariness, sadness, apathy and general distress that many individuals feel when starting the Monday morning work week
It’s a well know term in the 9 to 5 working world, as is it’s cousin TGIF … Thank God It’s Friday. Each of these terms is so much a part of our culture they even have drinks associated with them. Friday’s drink is anything alcoholic to help you forget the pain of the week you’ve just had and Monday’s is coffee, designed to give you the lift you need to get through the day.
Now the occasional bout of Mondayitis is normal, especially if you know the week ahead is going to be challenging. But if it happens every week then you have a problem. Feeling weary, sad and apathetic or having general distress on a regular basis are bad for your physical, mental and relationship health. Here are some stats to prove it:
- The European Journal of Epidemiology found the risk of having a heart attack is 20 percent higher on a Monday.
- A University of Edinburgh study found that people over 45 with only moderate psychological distress were between 12% (women) and 28% (men) more likely to have a heart attack.
Why not deal with your Mondayitis before it turns into a Myocardial Infarction …
I believe Mondayitis is your heart sending your head a message. It’s saying “this isn’t what you’re supposed to be doing”. The question is are you going to listen or ignore it, hope it goes away and cross your fingers you don’t become a statistic.
So what can you do instead?
In researching this post I read other articles on dealing with Mondayitis and most of them recommend things like:
- Have a plan for your day
- Get more sleep
- Eat well
- Do some exercise
- Improve your attitude
Whilst all of these suggestions are good general advice for addressing the symptoms, they don’t fix the cause. So how do you? The answer is:
It means being real or genuine, not copied or false. You see the reason most people develop Mondayitis is because they’re in a career where they can’t be authentic. They grow weary of having to pretend to be someone they aren’t, which makes them sad. If they do it for too long then apathy sets in … no wonder they end up distressed.
If you’re sick of dealing with your Mondayitis then it’s time to do something about it before you find it starts spreading to other days of the week! My 6 week Dream Career Program can show you how to be authentic and define success on your terms so you can create a career that almost eliminates your Mondayitis. You don’t necessarily have to make big changes to do that. Sometimes all you need is a small pivot to make your dream career a reality. Then you can wake up on Monday mornings excited about the idea of going to work.