When your weekend starts to come to a close, are you hit with anxious, sad or stressful feelings? Do you sometimes feel sluggish and unmotivated at the very beginning of your workweek? If so, you may have a case of the Monday Blues.
“The ‘Monday Blues’ describe a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek if they’re not happy at work,” Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work, tells Forbes. “It contains elements of depression, tiredness, hopelessness and a sense that work is unpleasant but unavoidable.”
Many people often brush these feelings off, knowing they’ll feel better Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. But Kjerulf says this isn’t something to take lightly. It can be a serious warning sign that something isn’t right with your job. You should feel refreshed and ready to work when Monday rolls around, not anxious, stressed or unproductive.
If you’re suffering from the workweek blues, you aren’t alone. According to an international Monster.com poll, 78 percent of respondents reported experiencing the blues as early as Sunday evening. Additionally, 47 percent say they get the Sunday Night Blues really bad, and in the U.S., that number increases to 59 percent.
On the other hand, Prevention writes that researches from Stony Brook University and Gallup Organization interviewed 340,000 Americans regarding their moods throughout the week. Their findings? Our moods significantly improve on Fridays and get even better on Saturdays and Sundays. The report revealed that while we get less happy when Monday arrives, our moods tend to stay consistent throughout the week. Simply put, the study found that for others, Monday feels just the same as Thursday.