How to Beat Those Monday Blues!

10 Ways to Make Monday Less Painful

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I know, yuck. Nobody likes Monday’s. Not only does Monday mean you have to go back to work or school, or likely some type of responsibility, but it also means your precious weekend is over.

Sure, for some people, Monday isn’t technically the start of the work week. But pretty much all of us have ‘Monday’ some day (you with me?). In my case, for example, Sunday is my Monday. Ok, I’m starting to confuse myself with all of these days!

Anyway, back to my original point…nobody likes Monday’s. But here are some ways you can make the day more bearable, and actually get your week off to a great start!

 

Lay your outfit out on Sunday
Outfit and accessories laid out for Monday morning.
Monday morning outfit laid out on Sunday night (along with a few accessories you might need for work!)

 

I know, nobody wants to start thinking about, or preparing for Monday on a Sunday. I mean, technically it’s still your weekend, so why should you bother? Well, for one thing, it might take you less time the evening before. If you’re like me, you might be a bit groggy first thing in the morning, a little slower than usual, which means it will essentially take you longer to decide what to wear. Personally, I’d just rather not have to make outfit decisions first thing in the morning. Oh, and also, I’d prefer to take that time to add a few extra minutes of sleep to my Monday morning!

Go to bed early on Sunday
Red alarm clock set to 9:10
Going to be early the night before can help you feel refreshed in the morning.

 

I don’t know about you, but I often find it tough to get to bed at a decent hour on Sunday night. I don’t know if it’s me just trying to extend my weekend and put off the inevitable as much as possible, or if it’s just because I generally feel well-rested by then. Whatever the reason, it’s tough to wrap up my day before midnight.

But when I make an effort and I do manage to get to bed by, let’s say at least 11pm, this generally means I can get a good 8 hours of sleep in. And if by some miracle I manage to be in bed by 10pm, well then, you can do the math, that’s 9 hours of sleep! I’m smiling just thinking about it.

Here’s the deal though, you don’t want to start your week off on little sleep and tired. Think about it, then you’re just playing catch up on sleep all week long, probably until the weekend when you can try to fit in a few extra hours, IF your weekend allows. So, start your week off right, and at least start that Monday off refreshed instead of exhausted.

Wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual
Women in long white dress shirt opening the doors in her bedroom first thing Monday morning to let the sunshine in
Waking up earlier will allow you to take your time in the morning.

 

Guys, this one goes against all of my natural instincts to sleep as much as possible. But, it really does help, so I have determined it’s worth it. Remember how I said earlier that I’m pretty slow and groggy in the mornings? Well, this is even worse my first day back to work. But I find if I set my alarm 15 minutes earlier, this makes me feel less rushed and helps me mentally prepare for the day ahead. Sometimes I even just lie in bed a few extra minutes, which I always enjoy doing. Just, whatever you do, do not reach for your phone during this time please! This will only stress out your brain before you even get out of bed.

Start your day with a glass of water, before anything else
water pouring into a glass that's a quarter full
Drinking water in the morning will help you stay hydrated all day.

 

Ok, so you made it out of bed on Monday, congrats on that. Now, before you do anything else, do yourself a huge favour and have a glass of water. You can make this easy by leaving a full glass on your bedside table the night before. Staying hydrated throughout the day is so important to helping us feel good and refreshed. So, when you start your day off with a glass of H2O, you’re already on the right track, right off the bat.

Get in at least 10 minutes of exercise or time outdoors
Golden retriever out for a walk Monday morning
Getting outside in the morning will help put you in a good mental & emotional state.

 

I’m not gonna tell you about the importance of exercise, because we all know how beneficial it is to our overall health and well-being. But I will say that starting your week off with at least a little bit of physical activity, preferable outdoors whenever possible, will do wonders for your mental and emotional state. This can be as easy as walking your dog around a few blocks, or walking to the corner store for the newspaper. Again, don’t bring your technology on this outing, just let it be a chance to clear your head before your busy week ahead. Take this time to observe the beauty of nature and really get in touch with your neighbourhood and community.

Eat a well-balanced breakfast
A white bowl of yogurt and granola with berries on top for breakfast Monday morning
A well-balanced breakfast in the morning will kick start your metabolism and help curb cravings.

 

If you can do this at home, that’s ideal (would also save you some money!). This will give you more time to ease into your day and enjoy some time at home before heading to work. Try your best to eat a meal that incorporates all the food groups and everything you need to feel energized. If you’re a coffee drinker, have a cup with your breakfast. Not only will doing all of this make you feel energized and ready to go, but it will also get your metabolism going and will help curb cravings during the day.

Don’t use your phone on the ride in
a short stack of newspapers on a table to read Monday morning
Try reading the newspaper on your way into work instead of being on your cell phone.

 

I know for me, and many people I’m sure, this can be challenging. When I get bored on transit, I like to pull out my phone for one of my guilty pleasures, Candy Crush. However, I find that I actually get a headache sometimes from staring at my screen and zoning out playing for levels on end. What I’ve done now instead is replaced it with a book. This makes me feel less zombified, and my brain’s actually started working before I even get to work. So, put the device away and pick up that favourite book. Or better yet, read that newspaper you walked out to get in the morning 😉

Keep up your water intake throughout the day
Pink water bottle with pink flowers on the left-hand side of it t help stay hydrated through Monday
Use a water bottle to help you with your water intake throughout the day.

 

So you started your day off on the right foot with a big glass of water, but that doesn’t mean your’e good for the day. It’s important to keep up your water intake to make sure you stay hydrated ALL day. For me, the only way I can really stay properly hydrated is to carry around a water bottle. I will NEVER remember to go get a glass of water, so the water bottle has been the only way I’ve been able to keep up. But even weirder, I find that not just any bottle works. It has to be the right size, comfortable to drink out of, and if it’s cute or cool looking, even better. I know, I sound like a weirdo right now, but for whatever reason, that’s what works! Here are some of the water bottles that have worked well for me:

 

Have a proper lunch and a snack in the afternoon
A white bowl with almonds in it for snack on Monday afternoon
Having a snack like almonds will help keep energy levels up  so you don’t hit the wall mid-afternoon.

 

Heard of the 3 o’cock wall? Yeah, it’s a thing. But the good news is, it’s something that can be avoided. Many of us hit the ‘wall’ mid-afternoon because we haven’t given our body consistent fuel to keep our energy levels up. This often leads to fatigue and difficulty concentrating, which is not ideal at work.

To prevent this, make sure you eat a good lunch and then also have a snack halfway through your afternoon. Almonds or fruit are great options that will keep your energy levels stable, or at the very least keep you from hitting that wall hard!

Do something you enjoy after work
If cooking is something you enjoy, make it part of your Monday routine.

To make sure that your Monday is never blah again, pick something you love doing and try to do it every Monday after work. This can be something you do alone, or with others, whatever you want. This is about not letting Monday’s suck, and doing something that’s enjoyable for you. So, whether it’s your favourite exercise class, that new cooking course you’ve been wanting to try, or simply watching your favourite show with your significant other, make it part of your Monday routine.

BONUS
Go to bed at a decent time (again!)

To really complete your day, and keep the good vibes and momentum rolling into Tuesday, try to get to bed at a decent hour, before you feel exhausted.

Is there a way that you prepare or get through Monday that’s not listed here? Comment below and let me know your tips and tricks to kicking the Monday blues.

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  1. Ken Hanaya

    August 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Yea I agree Monday is actually my day off and Wednesday is the start of week for me. I pretty much do everything you’ve said except the waking up early part. I already have to be up by 430 to get to the office by 6, so yea that’s not happening hahaha. Good examples here it does make for a well balanced day.

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Ha! 4:30 is crazy early! Yeah, definitely take all of those extra minutes you can to sleep lol. Thanks!

  2. Girl City

    August 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Great tips! And I like to listen to Podcast on the way to work. 🙂

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      That’s a good one too! Love it 🙂

  3. Jasmin

    August 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Having your work outfit ready for the next day makes the day more exciting to wake up to and thank you for the drinking water tip. I usually don’t eat breakfast in the morning but I’ll try to make it a habit soon.

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      I will say it’s not for everyone. I know people who don’t do it and they swear they feel better than when they do. Everyone’s different!

  4. Shannon

    August 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    All very helpful tips! Monday mornings can be a beautiful thing!

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      They really can! I find them to be exciting even sometimes 🙂

  5. Laura

    August 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    The best is to drink water with a slice of lemon and a bit of honey! 10 minutes before anything else! It works wonders with me! Thank you for a great reading!

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      That’s great! I sometimes do lemon water with a pinch of cayenne pepper to kick my metabolism into gear too 😉

  6. Krissy @thoughtfullyunraveled

    August 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Such great suggestions. Monday’s are hard for me too! I totally see how waking up 15min early would make you feel less rushed, but that would be hard for me.

  7. Ciara

    August 15, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Very simple tips but definitely needed the reminder

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Sometimes that’s all it takes. Thanks for the read!

  8. Shirell

    August 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I can’t help but think of the song “Manic Monday” (The Bangles) as I read your post. I try to start each morning with a workout. It helps me to become more energized and refreshed. I like how you mention the importance of exercising and staying hydrated. It does make a big difference in the way you feel.

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks! I feel like it’s one of those things you don’t realize until you do it and discover how much of a difference it makes 🙂 And that song totally applies here 😉

  9. Bronke

    August 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    totally agree!! Mondays could be so less horrible if you get a good (monday) morning routine!

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Definitely! Thanks for reading 🙂

  10. sam

    August 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    i hate monday blues this was a good read and i will defo do some of them

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Great! I hope they help you. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  11. Laila Laurson

    August 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    This article hits every nail on the head. I go through these struggles all the time. Mondays are crazy for me, because I have to get me, my husband and son ready. My husband is one of those sleep to the last possible moment kind of people and I am the one who gets up early just o make sure everything is ready. I do most of the things you mentioned. I probably could go to sleep earlier, than I do. This is a great article!

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Laila! Sounds like your Monday mornings are a lot of work before you even leave your house! Not gonna lie, I can sometimes be one of those sleep to the last minute people, but I just find then I’m more sluggish. Good thing your husband’s got you to get everything together 😉

  12. VaSocial

    August 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I used to hate Monday’s – as I dreaded going to work for someone else – but NOW I love it – since I have been working for myself & help businesses like yours strive to greater heights.
    Many important lessons in here

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks! That’s great 🙂

  13. Heather LeGuilloux

    August 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I have been starting my day lately with a tall glass of cold water with one drop of lemon essential oil and it has made such a different in the way I feel internally but also my energy levels and digestion. It’s tough to do since all I really want when I first wake up is my morning cup of coffee but delaying this for a few minutes has helped so much! Thanks for the other tips to start the morning off right.

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      That’s great to hear, thanks so much for sharing. I’ll have to give that a try as well 🙂

  14. Deryn | Running on Real Food

    August 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Love this. I actually do all of these 🙂 I think it’s so important to take the time to prepare the night before to set yourself up for a positive and productive day! I love my water first thing in the morning too, usually with lemon or ACV to get my digestive system going. Thanks for all the tips!

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Good for you! Thanks for the read and keep up the good work 🙂

  15. Shannon

    August 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    This is super helpful, I will try my best to do some of these things! I actually find Tuesday’s even more blah than Monday, but could use some help getting out of bed every work day haha.

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 16, 2017 at 12:11 am

      I can see that for sure. Tuesday is a nothing day and can be just as tough, if not tougher like you said!

  16. Sabrina Runge

    August 16, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Love these actionable tips. I’ve started walking my dog and doing yoga in the mornings, and it has really helped me start my days on the right foot!

  17. Greta Lamfel

    August 16, 2017 at 1:47 am

    These are some great tips. Especially the one about nor using our phones.

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks Greta! I know it’s hard sometimes but I just feel like we’re in a better headspace if we don’t use it on the way in 🙂

  18. Belinda

    August 16, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Very good, sensible tips. 🙂

  19. sonali jain

    August 16, 2017 at 6:09 am

    This the exact routine one should have to have a good day always 🙂 very nicely written and details are awesome to read. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. My Slice of Happy

      August 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it. And I agree, these could and should be done every day 🙂

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