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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.