Posted on: 20 February 2017
Nothing puts you in a better mood then when the weekend finally arrives after what feels like a never ending week. But when Monday rolls back around that Friday feeling seems like a distant memory and the Monday blues kick back in. You seem to spend most of Sunday night dreading the next day and this means you only get one full day a week – Saturday, to unwind and chill out. Getting into the unhealthy cycle of simply living for the weekend isn’t good for you or your body. Whether you love your job or dread going into work, here are some ways you can start loving Monday’s again.
Think positively – When your alarm goes off at that ungodly hour in the morning it’s hard to do anything else other than snooze your alarm and go back to sleep… or want to cry. Instead try simply telling yourself ‘today is going to be a good day’ and you will gradually start to believe it. Remind yourself why you started your job in the first place and think about all the reasons you have got to be positive today. Some people feel that writing a list of all the things you love about your life, or reasons to be happy can help to remind them that there’s no reason to feel down – even if it is Monday morning.
Start your day healthy – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and essentially works as your fuel for the rest of the day. Eating healthier is shown to make you feel better throughout the day. If you struggle to find time to eat in the morning, set your alarm that little bit earlier to prioritise having breakfast. If you cherish them few extra minutes in bed in the morning, then prepare your breakfast the night before and that’s one less thing to worry about in the morning. You could even take breakfast into work and have it at your desk, but eating fresh breakfast is a healthier alternative to grabbing something on the go – and think about how much money you could save each week. Make sure that you also keep yourself hydrated, drinking water when you wake up and throughout the day can help your concentration levels and prevent tiredness.
Make someone else’s Monday special – Good deeds and random acts of kindness are the best way to spread joy. Knowing that you made someone else happy helps to put yourself in a better mood. This could be anything from a smile to the person opposite you on the train, to telling a stranger to ‘have a good day’. Helping other people also gives us time to forget our own worries and realise that we are not the only one with problems. It is also easy to forget to appreciate your loved ones when you’re feeling down, why not let them know how important they are to you? Send your partner, family or friend a text wishing them a good week and your certain to make their Monday that bit better too.
Start fresh – We all know there’s nothing worse than trying to get out of bed with a hangover, and as you get older your hangover seems to last forever. Don’t drink too much over the weekend as this makes your Monday blue’s ten times worse. Being tired can also make your day feel never ending so spend your Sunday chilling out and get plenty of sleep so getting up on a Monday morning doesn’t seem so much of a struggle. Instead try and spend your Sunday doing something active and this will also help you have a better night’s sleep.
Prepare for Monday – Leaving your workload to pile up will only create more stress for you when Monday does finally come back around. It’s easy said than done but try to keep up with your work on the Friday so you’re not lumbered with more stuff to do after the weekend. Try making a to-do list with everything that needs doing on Friday and make sure everything is ticked off, this way you’re not wasting your weekends as well and you can have more time to unwind and relax.
Start the day with some energy – We all have different ways of feeling energised, this could be going to the gym, going for a run or simply drinking a cup of coffee on your commute to work. Whatever does it best for you, try and make time to do this first thing on a Monday morning and this is sure to make your day better.
Have something to look forward to – This could be as little as a nice meal with your partner, a catch up with your friends or even reading a book in the bath. Making plans to look forward to when you finish work can really help to get you through the day. It also helps you to take your mind off your workload and can help you to avoid stress.
Reconsider your job – If the Monday blue’s feeling doesn’t shift as the week goes on then perhaps it’s your job that’s the real problem. Everyone feels a little low after the weekend but this usually passes. There could be many reasons why people don’t like their job, for example it could be you don’t see eye to eye with your colleagues, your workload is too heavy or your job may be stressing you out. Try speaking to your boss or discussing your issues with friends and family and there could be a way around the problem and it may be easier than you think to start loving Monday’s again.