Have a Case of the Mondays? Blame Your Tribal Roots, Study Says

Think that having a "case of the Mondays" is just a funny saying? Not so, according to recent research on the least popular day of the week. Turns out, being down in the dumps or just not wanting to work on a Monday is common and has roots that date back to caveman times.

According to the Marmite study, half of people will be late to work today, after having a hard time getting going in the morning. Some of us won't even smile until 11:16 a.m., researchers say. That's almost lunch time!

So what's with the Monday doldrums? The researchers say that after the weekend away, we need to feel like we're part of our "tribe" again before we can settle in for a productive week - hence the gathering around the water cooler to catch up on each others' weekend plans.

Still feel down even after gabbing with your coworkers? The researchers also shared the top five ways to bust a case of the Mondays: watching TV, having sex, shopping online, buying chocolate or make-up or planning a holiday. Not a bad way to start the week!


Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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