Do you ever get the Monday Blues, where you wake up on Sunday with that feeling of dread knowing your weekend is almost over and you have to go back to work tomorrow? You might even feel anxious or stressed because of your workload.
Going back to work after a nice weekend off might feel like a chore. But there are a few things you can do to help alleviate those Monday Blues.
Lay out your clothes for tomorrow, and pack your lunch the night before. Get as much done on Sunday that you can so you're not rushing to get everything done the morning of.
You can even try waking up earlier than usual to give yourself more time to get ready. That way you can help eliminate some of the stress by not feeling as rushed.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. No, really, it is. It helps replenish your glucose and boost your energy levels so you feel more awake and alert in the morning. It can also improve your memory recall and cognitive function, helping you to concentrate better while you're at work.
Don't skip breakfast. If you're really in a rush and don't have time to make breakfast in the morning, prep it the night before so you don't have to worry about how long it's going to take to make it.
Reframe your thoughts about Mondays. Don't start the day thinking "oh, it's another terrible Monday." Start the day thinking about all the new opportunities you have because it's another day. Use Mondays to be productive, learn new things, and experience them through a different perspective. Rid yourself of the thoughts that Mondays are always terrible.
You can even plan fun things to do after work on Mondays to give yourself something to look forward to and be excited about.
Being well rested can really make a positive impact on your mornings. When you don't get a good night's sleep, you're more likely to be in a bad mood and have feelings of frustration, irritability, and even lack of motivation.
Make sure to aim for at least 8 hours of sleep, especially on Sunday nights.
When Monday rolls around, take it easy. Don't overwork yourself right off the bat. I'm not saying you should slack off, but focus on managing your workload so you don't feel overwhelmed every Monday.
Try to take small mental breaks when you're able to. Take a short walk to get some fresh air or sit outside for lunch. If you can't really walk away from your desk, just take a minute to breathe, relax, and calm your mind.
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