Seven tips for beating the Monday blues

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Published: Monday 13th February 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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A new week has begun, which must mean that today is Monday. Whilst this won’t bother some people, for others it can be cause for moans and groans.

With the weekend now as far away as possible, it’s understandable if you’re not a Monday fan. However, if you adopt an optimistic attitude, you’ll discover that it can become your favourite day of the week.

Here are some of our tips for beating those Monday blues and taking control of your day.

Work out the “why”

If you wake up on a Monday feeling down, there must be a reason for it. Having to go to work isn’t a good enough excuse, as your job should be something that you enjoy.

If the prospect of going back after a couple of days is that bad, look into ways of improving your working day. Or perhaps it’s even time to update the old CV and apply for something new?

Sleep well over the weekend

One of the biggest problems people face on a Monday is feeling sluggish. This is often due to late nights over the weekend, which take their toll for days to come.

Whilst you can go to bed later than usual on a Friday and Saturday, it really helps to get a good night’s sleep before Monday arrives.

Look good, feel good

On Monday, wear an outfit that makes you feel especially happy and powerful.

Combine this with your most comfortable shoes that fit the dress code, and you’ll feel confident all day long.

Be the person you want to be

It’s very easy to be grumpy on a Monday, or at least a little disconnected. Still, this will simply drag your mood down further, not to mention that of your coworkers.

Force yourself to be upbeat and smiley, and within a few minutes it will naturally take over your morning.

At the same time, don’t overcompensate. Some people like to ease into their week, so your efforts could backfire if you’re singing karaoke-style to the radio.

Pace yourself

Returning to work after two days off can present to-do lists as long as your arm. You’ll probably want to tackle as much as possible, so start with the small tasks first.

Going through your inbox and completing other little jobs will give you a sense of achievement and control. This prepares you for the more challenging jobs still to come.

Plan a post-work treat

Line up something nice for straight after work that you can look forward to.

It can be anything at all, from movie night with pizza, to going to the gym or walking the dog.

As long as it’s something you enjoy, your day will run smoothly when there’s a reward in sight.

Prepare for Monday on Friday

Before leaving work this coming Friday, spend ten minutes organising your workspace.

Give it a quick clean with antibacterial wipes, wash any dishes, throw away rubbish, tidy up your desktop (both physical and digital), and perhaps leave a little gift for yourself, such as a chocolate bar.

When you return to work next Monday, your working environment will be as positive as your new mindset.

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Published: Monday 13th February 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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