Do you go to bed on Sunday nights with a sense of dread? Do you wake up on Monday mornings with a knot in the pit of your stomach that doesn’t seem to go away until Friday evening? You’re not sick; you just have a case of the Mondays. Unfortunately, you have a lot in common with many working Americans. A Gallup Poll found that 51% of Americans are not engaged at work and roughly 17% admitted to being fully disengaged.
Although it’s great to be gainfully employed, depending on your employer, going to work each day can be a soul-sucking experience. The office can be an emotionally toxic environment. Considering the occasional office gossip, challenging co-workers, and just plain bad bosses, it’s no wonder so many workers lack motivation. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain. Here are six things that may help you regain the desire to get out of bed and go to work.
1. Prepare the night before
No, it isn’t the first day of school, but you should treat Monday mornings like it is. Set out what you’re going to wear and prepare your lunch the night before. After the weekend, you’re still trying to get your bearings, so give yourself a head start by being prepared. This will give you a few extra minutes to just take a breath.
2. Wake up early
There’s nothing worse than rushing around the house in order to get to work on time. You’re more likely to arrive at work in a bad mood when you don’t give yourself enough time to get ready. In addition, you’re setting yourself up to forget things or get into an accident. Make mornings less stressful by getting up at least one hour earlier than your usual time so you can ease into your day. Sit down and eat breakfast instead of shoveling forkfuls of food into your mouth. Rising earlier also improves your chances to getting to work early. This will give you a few moments to settle in before you’re inundated with morning phone calls and emails.
3. Work out
Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins, which are thought to elevate mood. Begin your day with a morning run or yoga. Even better, bust out a few dance moves. Research shows dancing can give you a productivity boost. So if you dance before you go to work you’ll be happy and productive. It’s a win-win.
4. Use a vision board
Create a career vision board and put it next to your bed. This way, when you wake up each morning, you’ll see the professional goals you hope to accomplish. When you have a visual representation of where you want to be, instead of where you are, it will give you the push you need to move forward. For example, if you want to make a career change, place a picture representing the industry you hope to enter on your vision board. So when you wake up each morning, you’ll see this image, and be reminded that the only way to reach your goal is to get up and get moving.
5. Listen to music
Put on some upbeat tunes that motivate you and get you feeling energized. It’s hard to stay down when your favorite music is playing.
6. Get a life
Have fun things to do outside of your job. If all you do is work and go home, you’re bound to be miserable on Monday morning. It’s great that you’re dedicated, but there comes a time when you have to shut down the computer and do other things.