‘Mondays are the worst’. This is something you’ve probably said or heard at least once per week. It’s a known fact that no one likes Mondays. Monday blues is the term used to describe those feelings of dread or disdain or in some cases hatred towards, what is deemed the worst day of the week, Mondays. With this in mind, I’m here to help you avoid the Monday blues in 7 ways. IvyPanda has an informative guide on why we hate Mondays and how to deal with it. Feel free to check it out here.
How to Avoid Monday Blues
- Plan ahead
- Take a moment to breathe
- Try not to skip breakfast
- Wear your favourite outfit
- Listen to music
- Treat yourself
- Remain positive
The best way to avoid the dread of Monday mornings is by being prepared from Sunday night. You can start by planning your outfit for the day. Knowing what you’re wearing will eliminate having to make that decision when getting ready on Monday. Ensure that you go to bed early so you are well-rested and prepared for the week ahead. Waking up groggy and tired on Monday may negatively affect how you feel throughout the entire day and possibly the week. If you are trying to avoid Monday blues this would be counterproductive. You should also set your alarm on Sunday night so you can avoid the mad dash of waking up late.
Take a moment to breathe
We can easily get caught up in the flurry of emotions caused by Monday blues. As a result, we forget that taking a few moments, even to take a breath can improve our day immensely. You can create a morning routine that puts you in the right frame of mind for the long day ahead. This routine may involve a quick workout session, breathing exercises, meditating or reading your bible. It is also good to step away from your desk for a few minutes. I like to take a walk outside whenever I feel overwhelmed at work. Whatever you choose to do does not have to be lengthy or arduous as long as you enjoy it and it clears your mind.
Try not to skip breakfast
We've all heard the saying 'A hungry man is an angry man'. This saying holds some truth as it is proven that people tend to get irritated easily when they have an empty stomach. Since the Monday blues are mostly based on emotions and feelings, being irritable will not help the situation. You should try not to skip breakfast. I know it is hard to find the time to eat in the morning, however, having a nutritious meal will enable you to take on any challenge thrown at you during the day. Breakfast is deemed to be the most important meal of the day because it gives you the energy needed to get things done.
Wear your favourite outfit
Playing dress-up is another great way to combat the Monday blues. How you dress can affect how you feel and if you look good, you'll feel good. Another benefit of planning as mentioned earlier is that you get to pick out your clothes from overnight. This allows you to pick, choose or refuse as well as make adjustments to ensure you look your best. The perfect outfit can also boost your confidence.
I remember when I was younger I disliked Mondays and as a result, I would wear my least favourite uniform to school on Mondays. That way my appearance would match my mood. These days I've grown to realize that by wearing my best or favourite outfit on my least favourite day my mood changes to match my appearance. Genius right?
Listen to music
Music can affect our mood. It can relax us, make us sad or make us happy. Listening to upbeat music while getting dressed or throughout the day can improve how you feel. The right music can get you pumped and keep your spirits up during the day. Regardless of your preference, whether you are a lover of old hits or modern beats are more your style, listening to music will help you put the Monday blues on snooze. William Shakespeare once said "If music be the food of love, play on" in this case I say "listen on".
Replacing the dread of Mondays with excitement is quite simple. This can be done by giving yourself something to look forward to. You can treat yourself by doing something fun or exciting or by rewarding yourself for something you've achieved. This fun and exciting activity can be something which is often reserved for Fridays. For example, if you would usually have drinks with friends on Friday night you could switch it up a little and do it on Mondays or do lunch instead. That way you will have something that will help you destress halfway through the day. People who may be dieting could make Mondays their cheat day. Go ahead and buy that slice of cheesecake. You survived the day so you deserve it.
It's easy to allow our negative view of Mondays to affect our mood for the entire day. This can be remedied by changing our view. Instead of seeing Mondays as the first day of a long work/school week, we should view Mondays as a new day filled with new possibilities. When we complain about hating Mondays we are giving in to the negativity that is the Monday blues. We should try to start our day with a positive mind and a grateful heart. We must always be grateful for the opportunity to have a successful and productive week. Having a positive outlook will improve how we feel throughout the day.
Mondays are just like any other day and are only affected by our mindset. The Monday blues can easily be avoided with deliberate acts that will influence our mood throughout the day. A positive mindset can improve your feelings about Mondays. If we treat Mondays like any other day of the week we won't have to worry about being down as this is usually all in our head.
I hope I changed your mind about Mondays. Tell me in the comments below how you beat the blues. Thanks for reading.
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