Poor Monday. Monday gets such a bad rap. I have been guilty of spreading "the Mondays". Sometimes because making a joke is just too funny and too easy and sometimes because I have been in jobs I didn't like and dreaded going into work on Monday....except when I had jobs that weren't Monday through Friday. Of course, our "the Mondays" culture is so pervasive that even when we don't work a traditional Monday through Friday work week- which is increasingly rare- we often say "It's my Monday". From Grumpy Cat to pop music, we have decided as a culture to hate Mondays!!!
I decided to browse around the internet to see where this Monday thing started. One interesting tidbit was our tendency to "crush" Mondays or "hate on" Mondays.
This was right on target with my Facebook feed on any given Monday! Memes ranged from snarky someecards to annoyingly chirpy Monday motivation memes. Very few people were saying anything about Monday being- just Monday- a day of the week.
The next group I clicked through were of the school / young adulthood set which attributed the Monday blues to having to wake up early (ok, this one I'm on board with. I am NOT a morning person.), lingering hangovers, not having homework done- etc. Then there were the job satisfaction ones including a startling and sad statistic (which, take it with a grain of salt because I did NOT confirm this stat!), approximately 70% of people are unhappy with or simply disengaged from their jobs. Having been part of this crew at one time in my life, yes, this made Mondays especially frustrating and bleechy (bleechy is a technical term). Then the super motivational, "change your thinking" folks- I didn't disagree with their take that we have to alter our thinking and not be influenced by cultural perceptions or let our jobs define us, particularly when we don't like them. Yes, that is true but the "mind over matter" group...I don't buy it. If mind over matter and "putting your mind too it" or "if you can't change things you don't really WANT too" ignores a WHOLE lot of other stressors, biological history, simply the realities of life. Otherwise, we'd all be content, healthy, a good weight, nutritionally sound, and doing soulful activities like writing poignant lyrics, cooking gourmet meals, and writing blogs in our spare time. (This one is for business so I exempt myself...okay I DO like it too but believe me, I am not being nutritionally sound right now unless diet soda and pretzel rods is a good lunch)
Next up, the scientific articles. For this blog, I tend to focus on scientific and researched information because I am hoping that what I find might be helpful for others. Here are some of the top reasons we (scientifically) hate Mondays.
So next Monday when you turn on the radio, TV, or check your social media, remember....
Sleep Hygiene 101
Hey, thanks for sticking around for the post-post, kind of like the hidden scene during the credits at a movie. As promised, here is some sleep hygiene 101. Nothing here is new or amazing- any magazine or website will have similar information but repetition does help us to incorporate things in our lives so without further ado....
Has anyone noticed yet that these are the things we do to help babies and children sleep? Yup! The same holds true for adults so set up a routine for yourself just as you have for children, nieces, nephews, and so on. There is a reason we teach this to babies- it works! We just forget it along the way. I am one of those people who will let myself get carried away on the wave of anxiety around holidays or having "too much to do" and sacrifice sleep. I learn EVERY time that this is a bad idea for me and that the best thing we can do is take care of ourselves. Don't we all know that though? And forget it? Make exceptions? That is the human bit of equation. Try- in your own time and when you are ready.Sleep well and wake up happy!
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