Weekends fly sooner than we think, and within no time, we are back to Monday, starting a new week all over again! Monday can become dreadful because of a number of factors such as lack of rest, work overload or just people at the workplace.
Does the thought of waking up and working make you uncomfortable? Does it trigger overwhelming feelings of stress and anxiety? Or do you often feel way too sluggish and lack motivation? If you said yes to most of these questions, then you are definitely suffering from Monday blues. And if this is the case, then here are nine things that will make you sail through this in a better manner.
1. Make a list of the good things
Before starting off the week, list down at least three to four things that you are excited about for the upcoming week. This might put you in a more positive mood.
2. Do not work over the weekends
Make sure that when you are plugging off from work, you are doing it completely. Stop checking emails or anything related to work over the weekend, try and draw work and life boundaries.
3. Take restful sleep
While you might get tempted to stay up late and binge-watch a series or party with your friends, you must also ensure that you are resting well and getting enough sleep over the weekend. Waking up feeling well-rested can set the mood just right.
Don’t make your work your whole life, have some plan after work. It can be as simple as catching up on a book or a movie. This will keep you motivated and will give you something to look forward to.
5. Make someone else’s day
If you are feeling all the Monday blues, try doing something for someone else. Show someone a gesture of kindness, and their smile in return, will be enough for you to stay positive and motivated the whole day.
Remind yourself to not be so hard on yourself, even when the work pressure is real. Take proper time out for yourself and your family. Treat yourself, even if it’s just a skincare session, or a coffee date with a friend. Consider Monday as a celebration, and it will be a lot easier to sail through it.
7. Write down your worries
Just like how making a list of good things puts you in a positive mood, writing down things that worry you can help you release stress, and help you become calm and productive.
8. Don’t miss out on your workout routine
Even if you are feeling lazy and sluggish, don’t skip your workout. A good workout session can set the tone for the whole day. The hormones released during the exercise can have a really positive impact on your body, but also your mind and overall mood!
9. Keep your to-do list light
We understand that it’s the first day of the week and you want to start on a very productive note, but overloading yourself with work will do more harm than good. So, start slow, keep the to-do list for Monday light, and do not push your limits unnecessarily.