How to Beat the Monday Blues

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I feel sorry for Mondays. Mondays get a really bad rap. It seems that waking up on a Monday is so much harder than any other day of the week, and when we do get up we drag for the first half of the day and mumble things like “ugh, it’s Monday”. When Mondays draw to a close, we feel like it’s a major accomplishment – we’re that much closer to the end of the week.

Sundays don’t have it that much better. At least when it comes to Sunday evenings. As our weekend winds down, the realization that Monday is hours away comes over us like a dark cloud and all the fun may as well just be over.

A person who lives to 75 will have about 3,600 Mondays (and Sundays) in her lifetime. That’s a lot of times to feel the Monday Blues for a day that has the same amount of hours and value as any other day of the week. Good things still happen on Mondays, people! Babies are born (I was a Monday baby), it’s a fresh start to another week, and a new set of opportunities waiting to be had. If we can get excited about “Hump Day” (Wednesday) and “TGIF” (Thank God it’s Friday), simply because of where they fall during a seven-day stretch, a simple attitude adjustment should get us thinking “Super Sunday” and “Marvelous Monday” in no time. Right?

I think so, but in addition, here are easy things you can do on Sundays and Mondays to remove some of the negativity.

Sundays

  •  Think of your winding down time as a luxury. Take a bath to ease your mind, or even just indulge with a face and body scrub during your evening shower so you wake up feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.
  • Prepare your lunch or at least visualize tomorrow’s meals. Mondays are so much more smooth when we aren’t rushed and unprepared. Skipping breakfast, throwing together a mediocre lunch, and winging dinner will set you up for anxiety.
  • Call it quits a little earlier than you think. This means leave your to-do list where it’s at and save what’s left for later in the week (preferably not Monday!). Slow down your routine, but rather than think of it as needing to cut your weekend short, just think of it as part of your recharging process for another great week ahead.
  • Envision what outfit and/or hairstyle will make you feel amazing tomorrow. It will be exciting to assemble the wardrobe when you’ve given yourself the time to think about how you’d like to present yourself to a brand new week. Plus it will enable you to get dressed in a flash.
  • Go to bed thinking about all the things that made you happy last week, and give a nod to the things that you were grateful for.
  • Even if you do these things only on Sundays and no other day of the week, it will make Mondays far less dreadful.

Mondays

  • Leave something by your bedside that will help you start the day feeling grateful and happy when you open your eyes: a picture of your dog (if he’s not already by your feet!), a favorite trinket from a wonderful vacation, a fresh bouquet of flowers, a gratitude journal.
  • Allow yourself a treat on Monday. Or, if you normally let Saturdays be your “free” day when it comes to eating what you want, maybe Monday should be the new day. It will certainly give you something to look forward to. Mondays are deserving of something special!
  • Is there something that you really love to do? Jog? Watch a movie? Make a big meal? Have a friend over? Do it today. Pencil it into your calendar and commit. Mondays don’t always have to feel like all work and no play.
  • Likewise, avoid the things that usually make your Mondays lousy, whether that be the day you buy groceries or pay your bills. Save it for a day that is already more tolerable.

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