Do you feel a sense of sadness, stress, or anxiety? Are you in pursuit of motivation? Are you finding it hard to get things done? If any of the above apply to you, you may have a case of the Monday Blues... Fear not, this article provides practical tips on how to beat the Monday Blues and turn that frown into a smile.
What is a Blue Monday?
A Blue Monday is defined as a Monday that is “depressing or trying especially because of the return to work and routine after the weekend.” It’s knowing that a weekend of fun and relaxation is over with the work week looming ahead.
So, what are some quick fixes to get over a case of the Monday Blues?
How to Beat the Monday Blues
Make a List of Things to Look Forward To
Instead of focusing on the mundane or difficult tasks that lay ahead of you, think about all the good to come. Make a list by writing out some things that you are currently looking forward to. A good place to start is to think of one thing you are excited about for each category: at work, after work, and at the weekend. If it’s hard to come up with three things to look forward to, get planning ASAP! We’re not talking about anything extravagant, just simple things that uplift you like meeting a friend for coffee.
Sleep has a tremendous effect on our mood. According to Harvard Medical School, “poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being.” So, if you find yourself a little more short-tempered than normal, sleep may be the answer. Take a nap to reenergise or get to bed earlier tonight to make up for lost sleep. It’s worth taking this into account on Sunday to avoid a lack of energy on a Monday morning.
Do a Good Deed
Doing something good to make someone else happy is actually a win-win situation. Chances are you will end up feeling better for it too. According to Psychology Today, there’s a “direct correlation with overall well-being and giving out time, money or other resources to a cause.” This doesn’t have to mean investing lots of time and money. Why not help someone close to home? If someone could do with a helping hand, be that person. Want to go above and beyond beating the Monday blues? Engrain a sense of fulfilment and happiness in your schedule by volunteering. It’s a great way to help others, especially if you choose wisely. Do something your passionate about, or a cause close to home to make it all the more beneficial.
Dress to Impress
Though this may seem trivial, don’t underestimate the power of an outfit. We have all experienced those feel-good vibes a killer outfit can bring. It makes you feel good, right? Well, it can also help brighten up your day and help beat the Monday Blues. In fact, “psychologists conclude that the strong link between clothing and mood suggests we should put on clothes that we associate with happiness, even when feeling low.” In short, what better day than a Monday to wear what makes you feel great!
Keep your Schedule Light
After a weekend of fun and taking it easy, it might be best to keep Monday’s schedule a little lighter than other days. This doesn’t mean sitting around and drowning in your blues. It means that instead of facing the most complicated stuff on a Monday, put some time into the easier tasks. Diminish Monday Blues and any anxiety or stress by allowing yourself to do Monday with more ease. Putting less pressure on yourself is a good way to beat the Monday Blues.
Wishing you all a happy Monday. Of course, constant low moods may be a sign of something serious like maybe your work doesn’t bring you joy. If that’s the case, it’s best to be proactive and think up a plan of action. If you are feeling a little lost or constantly down, talking to an expert is a great way to gain insight. These quick fixes are intended to beat the Monday blues, boost your mood and set you up for success. Let me know in the comments below what your Blue Monday prescriptions are.