How to Overcome the Monday Blues
Do you suffer from the Monday Blues at the start of each workweek? Well, you aren’t alone. Millions of hard-working men and women struggle to get out of bed and make their way to office on Mondays. For whatever reason, Mondays just seem to drag on a little longer than usual, making it even more difficult to finish your workday. You may hit the snooze button an extra time (or several), barely mustering enough energy to get up and going.
Follow a Sleep Schedule
One of the main causes of the Monday Blues is, not surprisingly, lack of sleep. When the weekend rolls around, you may stay up late at night, enjoying your leisurely time away from the office. Come Monday, however, you’re forced to wake up early once again. A simple solution is to follow a sleep schedule in which you go to sleep at the same time every night, on both weekdays and weekends.
Plan for Monday
Being that it’s the beginning of a new workweek, Mondays are often hectic — more so than the middle or end of the workweek. If possible, try planning for Monday ahead of time by creating a list of your scheduled work activities and tasks. This will serve as a road map to help you survive those dreaded Mondays, revealing exactly what you need to do.
Rather than spending the entire eight hours stuck inside an office cubicle, take regular breaks by visiting the break room, going out for lunch, or just conversing among your coworkers. Not only will this help you overcome the Monday Blues, but as explained in this HuffingtonPost article, it can also improve your productivity. Of course, you’ll want to follow your employer’s rules regarding breaks; otherwise, this could land you in hot water.
Exercise Before Going to Work
Whether you prefer to exercise at home or at the gym, engaging in physical activity before work offers numerous benefits. You’ll feel more awake and energized, giving you the fuel needed to tackle whatever Monday has to throw your away. Furthermore, exercise promotes the release of chemicals like endorphin in the body, making you feel happier and less stressed. And that’s something we can all use on an otherwise dreary Monday morning.
Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, so don’t skip it. But don’t just grab a pastry or donut. Rather, prepare a nutritious breakfast that contains protein, fiber and vitamins. A couple scrambled eggs with a side of fresh fruit is an excellent choice to start your Monday. Or if you are strapped for time, try a cup of yogurt topped with fruit and granola.