Many of us experience fatigue at the start of the week but feel great on the weekends. In other words, we lack Monday motivation. This mental fatigue is likely related to burnout at work. Counteracting burnout involves instilling a positive mindset every day and making the most of what you have. You’re more likely to experience burnout when you’re not being thankful for what you have. When you focus on the negatives in your life without appreciating the positives, work becomes more mundane, stressful and exhausting. This increases your chances of experiencing fatigue on Monday mornings and an eventual burnout.
Monday Motivation: Why We Hate The Start of The Week
We hate the start of the week because as human beings we dislike being put to work. We dread routines; waking up, putting on our work clothes and driving or taking public transportation to work. Furthermore, when we arrive at our job we also have to work under the direction of a supervisor or boss. Why do we hate all of this? Because it feels repetitive, day after day and week after week. Repetition does not bring us excitement and it makes us feel like we are stuck in a matrix. The problem is that many remain stuck in this matrix and never learn how to break free.
When you don’t like what you’re doing, this is when your chances of experiencing burnout increase. Burnout is a psychological syndrome caused by chronic interpersonal stressors in the workplace. The symptoms of burnout include an overwhelming exhaustion, feelings of cynicism, detachment from the job, a sense of ineffectiveness and a lack of accomplishment. The obvious risks from experiencing burnout is that you may quit your job, become depressed and start abusing substances. Believe it or not, one can experience burnout rather quickly; it doesn’t always take years to manifest.
The Solution to Mondays
Take one moment at a time and become as mentally present in the moment as you can. You can learn to become better at this by practicing mindfulness. This is a form of meditation that teaches you how to become nonjudgemental to your thoughts. It also helps you become present in the moment. When you get good at this, things don’t bother you as much; it’s as if you’re floating. This can come quite handy at the start of the week when you dread going into work. Rather than starting off the week in a negative mindset, mindfulness can help you start it off in a positive one. When you get good at consistently being positive, your chances of burnout go down. Make mindfulness your Monday motivation.
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