This article has been written by: Suzie Hart
Beating Weekday Blues
As we sit at our desks, day in and out, whether we work from home or report to an office, we can often feel worn down emotionally, by doing the same routines. Waking up for work may not be as exciting anymore. If we’re unemployed, the lack of purpose can often leave us feeling restless. Often when it’s the middle of the week, we may feel like the days are just crawling by and we hope the weekend will come quickly. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the busyness of everyday life that it can often zap our feeling of positivity.
We might get stuck in the mundanity of our everyday routines and if you’re a working individual, yours might look like this: wake up, brush teeth, shower, coffee, breakfast, work, come home, cook dinner and sleep. Doesn’t that routine sound familiar? Instead of allowing yourself to succumb to the normality of your daily routines, try to change it up a little: do some 15-minute morning yoga, start working on a painting when you come home from work (which will help if you need to de-stress), have a wine and cheese night etc. It’s also important that your entire week doesn’t drag on without you having any fun – whether it’s going to a local pub with a few friends, an evening bake-off, a weekly zumba class or any other activity that excites you. Try and make sure that there’s at least one mid-week event that you are looking forward to, so that you have some motivation during the week when things get stressful.
There can be a tendency to be on-the-go throughout the week, so much so that we stop paying attention to our bodily needs, our mood fluctuations and most importantly; our mental health. It’s important to have an outlet to process your emotions during the week as we may go for days where we experience one problem after the other. Have you ever seemed to have a bad luck streak? You didn’t get the interview you wanted, your boss turned down your great ideas, you made a big mistake at work, you fought with a loved one etc. … We need to be able to either externally or internally process the challenges we face during the week. Externally processing might mean talking through our setbacks with a friend, family member or counsellor. Internally processing might look like journaling or channelling your emotions into art. If we don’t allow ourselves to reset and process situations, we might feel agitated, frustrated, angry or even depressed. So let’s try and keep up with our mental health by paying attention to our daily mood changes, and dealing with problems head-on.
I often find that what helps me feel better is increased productivity. I am able to mentally clock off a lot happier when I know I have completed a lot on my to-do list. Increased productivity can lead to a better sense of self-fulfillment and accomplishment. Weekday blues can often be the result of an intense workload, so being able to check things off your list may help you feel more positive. And at the end of a stressful day; indulge yourself in something feel-good; like a spa day, a massage, a junk food craving, etc. Make sure that you’re staying positive during the week, when the everyday gets tough.