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WORKPLACE / SEP. 25, 2014
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How to Avoid Being Mean on Mondays

Monday morning tends to roll around far too quickly. Before you know it, your alarm is going off and you’re beginning a new work week. We’re all guilty of being a little grumpy on certain Mondays.

Sometimes we didn’t get enough sleep on the weekend. Other times, we’re simply not ready to tackle the new work week. Whatever the reason, you do not want to bring any negative feelings into work with you. Not only does it bring down the work environment, but you could potentially reflect some of that negativity onto others.

Tips to Beat the Monday Morning Blues

If you’re upset that it’s Monday, you may take it out on others. In order to eliminate this concern, you need to focus on yourself first. The following tips will help you counteract grumpy feelings associated with Monday morning.

1. Get Enough Sleep

One of the most common reasons for being grumpy and mean, is lack of sleep. When you do not allow yourself to get a full night’s rest, you can become highly irritable. You’re not letting your battery re-charge, which can unfortunately be carried over into the next day.

Lack of sleep is associated with a decrease in the neurotransmitter serotonin. This hormone is responsible for making us feel calm. It also affects our mood, which needs all the help it can get on Monday. When we do not get enough sleep, cortisol tend to increase. This is the hormone associated with increased feelings of stress.

Therefore, if you feel less calm and more stressed, you’re bound to get irritable. Irritable can turn into being mean very quickly on a Monday morning. You will be surprised how different you feel when you get a good night’s sleep.

2. Eat a Balanced Breakfast

Do not skip breakfast. If you go too long without eating, you can become highly irritable. When you wake up, you have very little energy and nutrients for your body to run on. When we feel hungry, it’s possible to ignore the physical symptoms. However, hunger begins to play on our mental health as well.

When we’re hungry, serotonin levels dip. This can create feelings of stress, anxiety, and even anger. This is why some individuals can get mean when they’re hungry. This applies to everyday of the week, but especially Mondays. You want to start your week off right. Eat a good breakfast Monday morning to increase energy levels and lift your mood.

3. Smile

Happiness is contagious, so spread it. When you get into work, instead of complaining, ask a co-worker about their weekend. Tell them a story that lifts the mood. If you’re smiling to others, you’re most certainly not being mean to them. Instead, you’ll give them a reason to smile.

4. Break Up Your Day

Monday can seem like the longest day of the week sometimes. Don’t focus on the day as a whole, because you may become overwhelmed. Break up your day into sections. When possible, take a walk, eat a snack, or even go to the gym on your break. These are all healthy and productive ways to break up your day.

5. Plan Some Midweek Fun

If the only time you look forward to is the weekend, Monday will most certainly be hard for you. To avoid taking this out on others, plan some midweek fun. Get together with some friends at your house Wednesday night. It doesn’t have to be a late one, just make some dinner and enjoy each other’s company.

If your work week is broken up into some exciting events, then Monday will not bring a ’come-down’ for the weekend. If you enjoy a specific sport or want to learn an instrument, look into leagues or classes you can take throughout the week.

6. Think About a Career Change

If every Monday creates miserable feelings, perhaps you need to reassess your situation. Have you ever thought that it may not be Monday morning, it may be the job? If you’re miserable when you go into work, then you know that something needs to give.

It’s not fair to take it out on your co-workers. Hating your job will most certainly create grumpy, mean behaviour for some. Don’t put it off if you feel this way. Focus on what career you DO want. If you love your job, Monday mornings will not seem so dull.

All of these suggestions help ensure a happier and more productive you. At the end of the day, you cannot be mean to others in the workplace – Monday or not. Before you take your frustrations out on others, you need to take a look at your own personal life. What is creating these feelings of hostility and anger? Once you figure this out, you can then begin to heal yourself and your work environment. 


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