Monday is the most odious day of the week for most employees of the traditional workforce. Being rattled awake by an alarm at 6 a.m., facing a slew of angry drivers in traffic, and shuffling past barely-conscious fellow commuters makes the weekend seem light-years away. If you want to justify your feelings, you'll be happy to know that science has proven that we hate Mondays, and is trying to figure out why. The reason could lie in its effects on mood and health. Research confirms that anxiety, blood pressure, and the risk of cardiac events can all increase on this day.
The first day of the week may have you and your coworkers feeling down, but research shows it’s not only Mondays that can have employees feeling low. One study, conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research, used the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) to measure employee satisfaction and found that people are more depressed and have slightly lower job satisfaction on both Monday and Sunday, compared to other weekdays. Stress levels remain elevated throughout the middle of the week, but stress during the weekends is considerably lower.
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