Rainy days plus Mondays: beginning of the week blues

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Mondays are beginnings of the week that can inspire either feeling of hope or dread.

The word “Monday” is derived from the Old English word “Mōnandæg,” which LiveScience explains is “named after Máni, the Norse personification of the moon (and Sól’s brother).”

To workers, however, Monday is the start of a brand-new week, an interruption of rest on weekends. To some, it fills them with a sense of dread. Remember, “rainy days and Mondays always get me down,” according to the Carpenters?

But is Monday a bad day? Does it deserve the bad rep? Do the rains make Monday badder?

Linda Andrews, writing in Psychology Today, cites a study by researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia who asked people how they were feeling once a day for seven days.

They were then asked in the eighth day how they remembered feeling on each day of the previous week.

There was not much difference in actual moods reported from day to day, Andrews reported but people recalled hitting a low point on Monday.

This, Andrews said, “suggests their memories were biased by their beliefs. They expected Mondays to be lousy.”

So how to beat the blues?

An article on Forbes online suggests 11 ways through which you can beat the Monday blues.

The first is to identify the problem, another is to prepare for Monday on a Friday.

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