Most people who make resolutions end up giving up on them after a month so why not use this time to show some real ambition and make 2018 a life changing year instead?
The third Monday of January has been awarded the most gloomy and depressing day of the year. Whether its a combination of the post-Christmas blues, short days, cold dark nights, the unfulfilled new year resolutions, the too long to wait until the January pay day or the expectation of the the christmas heavyweight credit card bills – who knows!
Apparently, a university professor managed to precisely calculate the most depressing day of the year, using the following formula:
Where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivation levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. ‘D’ is not defined in the release, nor are units.
Supposedly the date was calculated by using many varied elements, including: weather conditions, debt level, time elapsed since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.
Others claim is was a brilliant PR stunt by Sky Travel – either way it’s here to stay – Monday 15th January 2018 – Blue Monday – The most depressing day of the year! It doesn’t have to be..
Take action straight away! What can you do about Blue Monday?
First and foremost do you have a plan? Do you want to take control of the situation and your mood, or be a victim to the common assumption that it’s going to be your most depressing day? How can you reframe that reality?
Unplug for the weekend
Start right now. Where possible, avoid checking work email or voicemail over the weekend, especially if you’re not going to respond until Monday anyway. It will still be there. When you leave your business or office on Friday, leave your business related problems there, and focus on enjoying your time off. Sometimes going back to work on Monday feels especially frustrating because you let it creep into your off-time, and so it never even feels like you had a weekend at all. You can control this.
If you want to avoid the Monday morning blues have you thought about not drinking alcohol on Sunday evenings? You’ll feel brighter, stronger and sharper. Or go one step further and give up totally for January. You may be thinking about Blue Monday, but it’s only the 15th – it’s only half way through the month. Give up for the rest of the month.
Check out the Dry January website https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january
They claim that those who do abstain from alcohol for the month of January experience:
SLEEP SLEEP AND MORE SLEEP! Get enough sleep and wake up early.
Go to bed a little early on Sunday night (it’s always 10pm on a Sunday for me) and be sure to get enough sleep so that you wake up feeling revived and well-rested. It’s not rocket science it’s just makes sense and it’s good planning.
Although it might seem counterintuitive, waking up an extra 15 to 30 minutes early on Monday morning can actually make going back to your business or office so much easier.
Dress for success
Dress up, perk up and show up ready to be positive and help others be positive. Do something as simple as put in your favourite outfit, your best pair of shoes, pay a little more attention to how you present yourself on a Monday!
Feeling good about yourself is half of the battle on Monday mornings, because rather than being deflated by work you want to face it with confidence.
Start the week out with an “attitude of gratitude,” and buck the trend. Take some time, any time to recognise and appreciate the things that you enjoy about work. Try a graititude journal – if you’re unsure what on earth I’m talking about or you want to understand the benfits check out this blog >> https://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-jessen/gratitude-journal_b_7745854.html
Make someone else happy
We know from research in positive psychology that one of the best ways to cheer yourself up is to make someone else happy. You might compliment a friend, a co-worker, or a complete stranger, so do something nice for someone – find some other way to make someone else’s day a little better.
Make a promise to do something nice for the first person you see on a Monday morning. Paying it forward just makes great sense, it can bring great results, and it will make you happier and put a smile on your face!
Keep your Monday a light touch
You know that your Mondays are usually a busy day, so a common sense approach is to keep you Monday schedule as clear as possible. Use the time for business development – don’t call it admin – everyone hates admin! I have one client who calls his Mondays – Media Monday and he uses the day for everything media related.
Replan and restructure your week and when you’re planning meetings ahead, try to schedule them for the rest of the week (avoiding Friday afternoons). This will help you to ease yourself into your week and avoid the potential Monday blues.
Plan to have fun at work and plan to do something fun after work
Plan to do something that you enjoy on Mondays. Plan an event with friends to help lift you up and that you’ll look forward to. Maybe plan a team based sport, connect with like minded people and lift your spirit. Reframe what and how you think about Mondays.
Finally be aware of the potential pitfalls and plan to avoid them, work around them and mitigate for them. Embrace a positive approach to the challenges that Blue Monday may present and plan to not only avoid them, but embrace them and use them to highlight how well you can work with your business and springboard your business to a successful 2018.
The Master Fixer
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