Do you hate Mondays? If you do, you should know that there are factors involved, such as sleep cycles, weekend “choices”, and a general negative outlook about our jobs. Personally, I am just as guilty at sharing those sad Monday memes on Facebook as the next person, but the truth is, I do not hate Mondays as I once did. I work with a great group of people who make me laugh. I really do enjoy seeing them every day.
A lot of people, though, hate Mondays. In fact, some studies suggest that Americans hate Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as much as they hate Monday. Do we, as Americans, genuinely hate our jobs? If not, why do we favor our weekends over weekdays? The obvious answer is of course because I get to do what I want on the weekends, and in some cases, act the way I want. But is it more than that? Is there no way for us to make the best out of or embrace our work week as something we can enjoy?
I know that people experience this psyching themselves out on Sunday nights because I used to be one of those people. I don’t think this is mentally healthy, though. Even though I am just as guilty as the next person of eagerly waiting for Friday, I would like to try to live in the present. I don’t want my life to pass me by because I’m spending 5 days out of my week waiting for the remaining 2 days, or spending the 2 days worried about the 5 coming up. I want to find joy in every day.
How do you find joy in all your days? Is it positivity and inspirational quotes? Yoga? Or something else?
Allie Burke is a writer and mental health advocate. You can find her literary novel Paper Souls here.