Mondays are the worst. There’s no two ways about it. You’re heading back to the office after a weekend of fun and games, with a long week ahead of you. It’s probably raining too – typical Monday behaviour.
"Mondayitis is a feeling of weariness, sadness, apathy and general distress that many individuals feel when starting the Monday morning work week. This feeling is usually enhanced after a large weekend." – Urban Dictionary
If you’re struggling with Mondayitis, take a look at these 8 tips for shifting the blues and start seizing the week with both hands.
1. Play That Funky Music
If there’s one thing which is guaranteed to put you in a good Monday mood, it’s a groovy tune. Listen in the shower, play it while you’re getting ready, or make it your playlist for the morning commute. Throw some shapes if you’re feeling extra-groovy.
2. Get Breakfast In
You’ll feel a million times better about the Monday ahead with a hearty breakfast in your tum. Use the weekend to shop for the full week of breakfasts. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy or time-consuming – just make sure you’ve got a week’s worth of breakfasts ready and waiting.
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3. Wind Down Early on Sunday
Sunday evenings are your last scrap of weekend freedom – but as tempting as it may be to let your hair down and go wild, having an early night will ultimately ease those Mondayitis feelings. If you’re nursing a hangover from a day at the pub, Monday will seem even more horrendous. Try winding down early with a hot bath, a good book, or a few episodes of your favourite TV show – whatever gets you feeling calm and relaxed.
4. Make Monday Treat Day
If Mondayitis is really wearing you down, shake things up and make Monday a day to look forward to. Treat yourself to a takeaway coffee from your favourite cafe, buy a cheeky chocolate bar or have lunch out. Sure, it’s only something small. But it makes Monday bearable.
If you’ve got an office job, it’s pretty easy to sail through the week without any exercise at all. Sitting down for so long isn’t natural and definitely doesn’t do anything to make you feel good. Find some time over the weekend to get active and break a sweat. You’ll feel miles better come Monday morning when you’re back in your desk chair.
6. Mattress Talk
“Three times as many people sleep badly on Sundays than any other night of the week”, according to the Mail Online. Work stress, weekend hangovers and Mondayitis are all to blame. One way to make sure you’re getting the best possible sleep you can on Sunday evening is by taking a moment to asses your mattress:
- Can you feel any dips or sags?
- Is there a large gap between your lower back and the mattress when you lie down?
- Have you replaced your mattress within the past 7 years?
If you answered yes to any of these questions – or just feel that your mattress is past its best – you should consider buying a new one.
7. Create a To-Do List
Monday’s can often feel overwhelming because of the volume of work you might have to get through that week, so creating a to-do list for each day is a great way to stay organised and keep on top of things. Heading into your first day back with a structured plan will allow you to get stuck into work straight away, allowing you to be more productive and making the time pass that little bit quicker.
8. Make Post-Work Plans
Planning an after-work treat – such as evening drinks, a meal with friends, or even a date on the sofa with some popcorn and your favourite movie – will give you something to look forward to throughout the day, and make Monday feel less of a buzzkill. The day doesn’t have to be all about going into the office – make sure you set aside some time to do something fun that you enjoy.
Whether you integrate all of these changes into your routine, or just take on a few, you’re sure to notice a change in your mood and soon these simple, healthy habits will have you cured of your Mondayitis for good. Until then, sleep well.