Have a case of the Mondays? You’re not alone.
According to researchers at Marmite, on average, people rarely crack a smile until 11:16 a.m. on Monday morning & complain for an average of 34 minutes on Mondays – 12 minutes more than any other day… which is extremely depressing in itself. And the reason why isn’t anything new to us. On Sunday nights, we’re coming down from our high of the weekend where we felt a sense of freedom & now the anticipation of the work week ahead is settling in. Enter “Sunday Scaries.” And those Sunday Scaries drag themselves into our Mondays.
And waking up on a Monday can be rough once you realize it’s no longer the weekend and that it’s time to face responsibly head on. But Mondays really aren’t so bad. We’ve all faced them before and clearly survived. Mondays are so filled with hope and possibility and provide a clean slate for whatever you want to accomplish! But there are a few simple things you can do to help alleviate some of the inevitable Monday Blues. Here are a few below from HuffPost:
1. Squeeze in a workout.
Dragging yourself out of bed for a workout is challenging, but a morning sweat session can give you the energy you need to start your day. Not only does exercise give you a boost of endorphins which make you feel good, it also can help promote positive brain function. Sounds pretty perfect for a Monday.
2. Make breakfast plans.
Meet up with a friend for a bagel before work or even just cook a delicious meal for yourself before you head out the door. You’re happier when you have something to look forward to and breakfast is a vital part in starting your day on the right note. Sounds like a win-win.
3. Don’t check your email right away.
No one wants to start their week feeling stressed. Take a cue from some successful business people: Avoid your inbox in the morning. Executives like Tumblr founder David Karp swear by this habit. Not only does it help you ease into work, it helps you avoid the fast track to burnout.
“Reading emails at home never feels good or productive,” Karp told Fast Company. “If something urgently needs my attention, someone will call or text me.”
4. Toss your to-do list.
While to-do lists are a great way to stay organized, it’s no secret that they can stress you out (do they ever end?). Forgo the torture and make a “done” list instead. You’ll still keep track of what you have to do but feel more accomplished about the tasks you did complete by the end of the day.
5. Take multiple breaks.
Your well-being needs it. Research shows you’re actually more productive when you give yourself some time away from your work. Not only that, your eyes could use a little TLC if they’re staring at a computer all day.
Just remember that no matter what feelings you’re having toward Monday, YOU CAN DO IT! Remind yourself that you’re a strong, independent, creative Woman with Moxie who’s ready to take on whatever Monday brings. #BringItOn
Read the full list of Anti-Monday Blues Tips here.