From Urban Dictionary:
Call it what you want, but “Mondayitis” is a feeling of weariness, sadness, apathy and general distress that many individuals feel when starting the Monday morning work week.
A couple months ago, I was talking to a dear friend who was having a rough time. She doesn’t feel like her job is a good fit, and she made the comment, “I just need to get through this week.”
It struck something in me, like a tuning fork being struck. I remembered so many times in different jobs when I felt like I was just slogging through the weeks. There was one job in particular, when I had a particularly mean and mind-twisting boss, that I struggled to keep making myself go to. As I was driving to that job on Monday mornings, my heart would begin racing, the first sign of the panic attack that was coming. Other jobs I didn’t feel so anxious about, but many times I had a sense of dread.
I do believe sometimes our bodies are trying to tell us when something’s not a good fit. However, I also believe there’s something to learn in every situation, and our way of thinking can make the difference between suffering through and being productive and constructive. Much as you might fantasize about quitting in a blaze of glory, it may not be feasible for you to quit your job right now. And getting “clean” on your thoughts about your job – which entails observing your thoughts and cleaning up the ones that are causing you pain and keeping you stuck in negative patterns – can enable you to be more at peace with the job as it is. It also enables you to leave, if that’s what’s best for you, in a professional and no-burning-bridges way.
Talking to my friend about her job gave me the inspiration to create Remedy for Mondayitis. It’s an 8-step workbook that guides you to shift your mindset about your work week and helps you be more empowered and in control about what you want to accomplish and how you want to feel. I want to share this widely with anyone who can use a little boost to their work life. Even if you don’t find yourself in a Mondayitis kind of way, these exercises can help you get clearer and focused on what you want to achieve for the week.
I’d love to hear how it helps you, or if you have any questions.
Download Remedy for Mondayitis.