Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday After A Holiday

I don't know about you, but I am dragging today. I've never been good at Mondays, but a Monday after a long break has always been a struggle. I was only off from Wednesday through Friday, plus the weekend, yet I'm completely out of it. I have no idea what I'm doing!

Science has tried to explain why Mondays are difficult for so many of us. Here's what psychologists found:

1) Sleep Patterns are out of whack. Many of us take advantage of the weekend to catch up on sleep. Even an extra couple of hours throws us off. Even though you are more well rested on Mondays, our internal clocks are messed up.

2) Self Esteem Sinks. A lot of people did a lot of eating and drinking over the weekend, particularly if it was a big eating-fest, like Thanksgiving. So come Monday morning, many of us feel that guilt. That's why diets start on Mondays.

3) Less Healthy. Scientists have found that people are more likely to get sick or suffer from cardiovascular events on Mondays. Blood pressure seems to be highest on Mondays too. Even people who are healthy suffer from the natural weekly cycle.

4) Job Dissatisfaction. For those who hate their jobs, Mondays are the worst. You've been away from "prison" for a few days, and now it's back into the "pokey." I will assume job searches surge on Mondays too.

Hopefully, you get through this Monday a-OK. If it's a Manic Monday for you, just know you're not alone.

* If you'll take a quick glance at my sidebar, you'll see that I surpassed the 50,000 mark for NaNoWriMo. It's the first time I've won since 2013, and it feels great. What makes it extra-special is the fact that the almost-66,000 words makes up an entire rough draft of my YA paranormal novel, Gateway Mothman.

Next up, hardcore editing before sending it to my publisher's editor

Happy Monday!!!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on beating NaNo!
My boss is sick at least two Mondays a month. Now I know why.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yeh on winning NaNo! Congratulations, Jay!

I read somewhere that people tend to put too much pressure on Mondays. If we made it more of an easing into the week, catch up from the weekend kind of day, it would be better.

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats on beating Nano.

Yep, mondays can sure mean going back to the jail. At least no one named Tiny is there is greet you though, hopefully lol

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Congratulations on your Nano mark. It was hard earned. Mondays are hard for me because sleeping patterns are out of whack and I get used to all the freedom of a weekend.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Good job on the NaNo win.

I work from home, so Mondays are great for me. My husband leaves for work early and I have the whole day to get things done.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on the 50K. That's terrific. I don't mind Monday since I retired from teaching. Now I get to stay home and watch my granddaughter. Thanksgiving is so much work for me that it wasn't really vacation.

Pat Dilloway said...

I had to work Wednesday, which was my birthday, and a half day Friday but it was still a struggle on Monday to get out of bed, especially with all the Cyber Monday deals to distract me.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Mondays do stink. We try to pack in so much fun, I need the week to recover from the weekend.

Congrats on NaNo!

Intangible Hearts said...

Congrats on Nano, but you're a determined guy and I'm not surprised you did it! Someday I'm hoping you'll be so famous you can delete Mondays from your calendar all together. :)

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Congrats on NaNo. My Monday was pretty good. I ate small portions, did a 7 mile hike, and took naps rather than sleep in!--Uh, and I had Monday off. LOL

Rhonda Gilmour said...

Congratulations on winning this year's NANOWRIMO. Me, I love Mondays--but then, I've retired from the full-time rat race to write full time. I hope yours is a job you don't hate--that certainly helps.

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