Monday: the worst day of the week?

By Abigail Keefe
February 7, 2008

Whether it is a test that you are dreading, a meeting you are not prepared for, or the simple fact that the weekend is over, Monday has a reputation to be the most dreaded day of the week.

There could be hundreds of reasons why someone would hate Mondays.

These reasons could include having to go to the office, waking up early or having to do homework.

Regardless what the actual reason dreading Monday is, it seems to be that day which everyone simply does not look forward to.

The question to ask yourself is whether or not Monday is your dreaded day or whether you are influenced to believe that fact.

There are two sides of the “Monday is the worst day of the week” belief.

The first argument is that Monday is the worst day of the week and it is not people’s heads.

The second argument is that dreading Mondays are in people’s heads unless there is a legitimate reason for the hatred.

Everyone’s day should not be the same because everybody leads different lives and has different agendas to dread or look forward to.

Psychotherapist of Counseling Services in Bryn Mawr Pa., Ashley Blair (M.E.d.), has an unambiguous point of view on this subject.

Blair has not only studied the human psyche and behavior at Temple University’s graduate school, but she also takes her knowledge from text books and puts them to use in real life situations everyday at work.

Blair believes the reason for this anxiety of Mondays is due to the reputation it has.

“Mondays being the worst day of the week has no meaning whatsoever in my opinion,” Blair said. “Based on my knowledge psychiatrically, hating Mondays is mostly by influence and the fact that is ‘Monday’ and the end of the weekend.”

Many believe people are able to mentally psych themselves out of things or oppositely, mentally psych themselves up.

For example in sports if the athlete says to him or herself, “I can’t do this, I can’t do this.” then of course they won’t be able to get the task at hand completed successfully. Having the right mind set in a sport is the same in life.

Blair believes that “anyone who enjoys their life and their job may not hate Mondays so much.

“Having the right attitude is everything when it comes to Sunday afternoons,” Blair said.

The work-week can be tough regardless if you like your job. Blair gives some tips on how to get ready for the work week.

“It is all about how you approach the work-week and the mindset you are in on Sunday afternoons. Do aerobic exercise, relax, meditate, do something you love to do and plan your week on paper. Then, Mondays will seem like just another day and not a huge obstacle you have to get through,” Blair said.

Senior English and communications major Alyssa Moore has an “internship on Wednesdays which she absolutely adores,” which is one of the reasons she looks forward to the week ahead.

“My least favorite day is Sunday just because I usually wait to do all my homework on a Sunday and there is really nothing to do except go to church,” Moore said.

“Looking forward to the Wednesday ahead makes anticipating the work week a bit less brutal,” Moore said.

Although there are some who do not hate Mondays, there are still valid reasons for the extreme dislike.

Freshman business administration major Yarcelly Jimenez is one who dreads Mondays. “I hate Mondays because it is the hardest day to wake up to,” Jimenez said. “Once Monday is there, you know your weekend is over.”

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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