The return to work after the weekend leads to feelings of dread for many Australians, according to leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au 2015 travel trends data, which shows over one in three people (34 per cent) don’t like Mondays.
The research also identified almost one in two (46 per cent) Australians don’t switch off when they leave the office, answering work calls or emails on weekends or their days off. Plus, nearly half of Aussies surveyed (47 per cent) didn’t take all of their annual leave last year.
According to lastminute.com.au spokesperson, Louise Ryan, it’s no wonder so many Australians get the Monday blues, with many focusing on all work and no play.
“Between answering work calls and not using allocated annual leave for holidays, many Australians don’t make the most of their time off, making Mondays even tougher than they should be.
“Planning a few cheeky extended weekend breaks throughout the year not only means you are making the most of your annual leave, being away and ‘out of reach’ will also make it easier to escape and be unavailable to phone calls and emails.
“When you get the back-to-work dread at work on a Monday morning, having a long weekend away planned in the pipeline may just make Monday a little less painful”.
lastminute.com.au top tips for beating the Monday blues in 2015:
- Plan ahead: Before the year starts to get hectic, lock a few long weekend escapes in your calendar, from an inner city Melbourne weekend, to a tropical North Queensland retreat or weekend of wine time in the Barossa – or all three!
- Take a staycation: If the budget doesn’t allow you to take an interstate trip, then book yourself into a luxe five-star hotel in your own city. Be adventurous and book a Secret Hotel which allows you to book five-star hotels at bargain rates of up to 40% off when staying 72 hours out.
- Return to work mid-week: Where possible beat the Monday blues by heading back to work after a holiday on a Wednesday so you only have a few days to get through before the weekend. Much less daunting than a full five-day working week!
- Switch off on the weekends: Set rules with your boss and switch off the work phone and emails on the weekends, or if you can’t completely turn-off at least give yourself an afternoon away from technology.
5. Live every lastminute: Mix up your weekends and do something completely out of your comfort zone. Maybe test your bravery with sky-diving, or get the adrenalin racing by swimming with sharks, or sharpen your skills with a cooking class. lastminute.com.au has a range of fun activities and experiences on offer throughout Australia.
Inspired to beat the Monday blues in 2015? Check out lastminute.com.au for fantastic hotel, flights, packages and experiences on offer.
*According to lastminute.com.au’s 2015 Travel + Lifestyle Report which surveyed 4100+ Australians.