Beating the Monday Blues

We all know the “I hate Monday” feeling. After a nice, relaxing weekend (that always feels too short), waking up on Monday morning and knowing you have to dive back into the hectic nature of work, school, and life, can be a struggle. Especially after a lovely, lazy Sunday, Monday always seems to sneak up on me. Two hours into the day and I can already find myself scribbling deadlines and due dates into my planner and within a snap of my fingers, the overwhelming feeling of Monday wins me over.

Fear no more! I have some tips that I use that may just make your Monday a bit easier! 
1. Don’t live for the weekends. Looking forward to Saturday and Sunday leaves no room for joy within your week! Try to spread out the excitement and plan something fun during the week, like a movie night with some friends! Look out for events going on around your college campus or neighborhood. Don’t let precious moments pass you by.
2. Don’t sleep in. There is nothing you may love more on the weekends than sleeping in, but sticking to the same sleep schedule all week can actually help you feel more rested and energized all week long. Too much extra sleep on Sunday morning might keep you awake longer on Sunday night, leaving you a zombie on Monday morning (do not stay up playing Angry Birds on your iPod…).
3. Plan ahead Sunday night. Lay out the Monday morning outfit, pack a good lunch the night before, and get all your supplies ready to eliminate any stress in the early hours. Taking action Sunday night to shorten your morning preparation time can let you set the alarm for 15 minutes later than usual! Yay!
4. Wake up early. If you don’t plan ahead Sunday night, bad things happen when you are late. Yes, I know checking Facebook seems like a necessity, but before you know it, it’s 6:45 and you should have left five minutes ago! It may seem like a cruel and unusual punishment to wake up earlier on Monday, but when you have enough time to organize yourself, you’ll feel like you can conquer the day easier.
5. Hop out of bed the moment you wake up. (I know what you’re thinking….I’m insane.) Lingering in that comforter will only draw out the agony….waaaah….
6. End your shower with a jolt of cold water to rip you out of your grogginess. Evil, but it works!
7. Open your blinds. Bright light tells your internal clock that it is morning.
8. Spread out any work throughout the weekend. Do a little bit each day, so that on Monday, you’re not feeling overwhelmed about it! You’ll thank yourself!
9. Hit the hay early on Sunday. Obvious, yet easily avoided. Make sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep to gear up for the week. Getting to bed at a reasonable hour will make the alarm clock our new friend. The snooze button is a trap my dear friends!
10. Don’t skip breakfast. Boost your metabolism and start the day with a happy belly! Whole wheat toast, eggs, oatmeal, and a side of fruit are yummy, healthy foods that can keep you full until lunch! 
11. Get pumped with some tunes. While getting ready, turn up the stereo (or Pandora…or Spotify…or YouTube…or iTunes…or….). I love to listening to my iPod while walking to class! I have a playlist specifically for my morning tunes!
12. Hit the gym. Exercise amps up endorphin levels, so try getting in early morning exercise. If sweating at 6 A.M. isn’t your cup of tea, try some basic yoga stretches to get you buzzin’! Or dance even! Just move your body! Get those juices flowing to stop from feeling lethargic!
13. Look fabulous! Save that latest fun purchase for Monday morning!
14. Smile! Flash a grin at someone…anyone! Show those pearly whites to the whole office or classroom. Smiles are contagious!

15. Take small breaks. Don’t stay glued to your chair all day. Take a walk to get some fresh air! If your schedule allows it, take a small twenty minute nap after lunch.

16. Change your attitude. Ask yourself: why does Monday have to be blue? Just because everyone says so? Well, it doesn’t have to be. “Reprogram” the way you see Monday. Monday may be the day we have to drag our feet back to work after an awesome weekend but if you look at it as the beginning of a great week ahead, the thought can empower you and propel you to a great start! Who knows what kinds of opportunities and adventures the five days ahead can hold?

If this doesn’t work for you, my final tip, could just be the answer to your Monday woes.

17. Accept It.
Just accept that it’s a dreadful day and that you’ll probably feel a bit tired and down. Go with the flow and cope with the stress. Time passes by quickly when you don’t dwell on it.

What’s your favorite way to cheer up on Monday? Tell me in the comments below!

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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1 Comment

  • katay102
    March 20, 2013

    I love your blog soo much Laurie! It makes me feel like I get to see you everyday. I cant wait until you come home so we can see each other.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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