As much as a Friday afternoon brings feeling of elation, a Monday morning can bring on a sense of unhappy resignation. A whole five days of early mornings and work. All work and no play…
The problem with this mindset, although commonly-shared, is that it isn’t good for you. A negative outlook on the start of a new week can seriously affect your body!
One study showed that people experience physical stress when they think about the impending workweek. Another showed that Monday blues are associated with cardiovascular troubles.
But Mondays don’t have to be all bad news. Here are some clever suggestions for making your Monday mornings more tolerable…
Ten tips for getting through a Monday
#1: Stop living for the weekends!
This is difficult, even I admit. But it’s important you also do things you love to do on weeknights. It might require some planning, but it’s not impossible!
#2: Relax on Sunday evenings
Don’t overload your Sunday evening, or you’ll find yourself extra groggy and more miserable the next day. Instead, treat yourself to a hot bath, a glass of wine and a home-cooked meal.
#3: Don’t sleep in
If there’s one thing that helps me kickstart my Monday, it’s getting up early! Don’t snooze your alarm seven times before you get up. Get up at 5am or 6am, make yourself a cup of coffee, head to the gym and then start your day.
#4: Don’t skip breakfast
This is true, but especially on Mondays when you’ve been out of routine for two days. It’s a great way to set the pace for the rest of the day for both your mind and body. An antioxidant-packed smoothie or a bowl of warm oats are both great options.
#5: Get pumped with some tunes
I’m not a morning person, but listening to some of my favourite music while I’m on my way to work always helps boost my mood!
#6: Exercise before work
Yes, I know getting out of bed extra early to head to the gym before work is a commitment… But it’s such a great strategy for boosting your endorphins, which will in turn keep you happier throughout the day. You don’t have to go to a spinning class; a yoga class will also do. I love doing yoga in the mornings!
#7: Look snazzy
If you need a pick-me-up, jump in the shower, freshen up, do your hair up nicely and put on something you absolutely love. If you already feel groggy, dressing sloppily will only make you feel worse.
#8: Treat yourself
Create a little ritualised treat to look forward to on Monday mornings. Maybe you splurge on a fancy latte, or you buy a new magazine for your morning commute. Having something to look forward to on Mondays will make it feel a little less daunting.
#9: Take small breaks during the day
Getting some fresh air and eating a proper lunch can do wonders for both your attitude and productivity!
#10: Figure out why Mondays are so blue
Is it time to switch careers? This last point is a good one. There’s something to be said for having a job that doesn’t fill you with dread at the end of every weekend, and sometimes even taking a pay cut to be happy is worth it. It’s 100% possible to like, or even love, your work.
These tips are a great place to start if you’re looking to quell the anxiety often associated with Mondays. I hope you have a fantastic day!