Ways to beat Monday BluesYun Ting
Are you dreading the thought of braving traffic to go to work on Monday, only having to arrive at the office in a foul mood? Or, are you even dreading Sunday night itself, knowing that you will have to wake up early for work the next day? If you are then chances are, you might be suffering a bout of Monday blues. Monday blues can even be worse if you have had a fun-filled weekend with exciting and exhausting activities. Many researches have shown that the main culprit of Monday blues is overindulgence over the weekend and the drastic shift from a non-working day to a working day. But if you did have a fun-filled weekend, here are some clever ways to beat Monday blues:
Making Sunday your rest day
While it is okay to have a jam-packed Saturday, avoid having any strenuous and tiring activities on Sunday. Have a relaxing Sunday by simply staying at home, having relatives over or even just a relaxing stroll in the park. That way, your body will have sufficient time to recuperate and you will not feel tired the next day.
Avoid carrying work over to the following week
If possible, try to clear all of your work by Friday. Avoid having to continue the same work or leave a task hanging over the weekend. Chances are, you will be thinking about the unfinished task and you will be thinking of how to continue the work the following Monday.
Boost your mood with music
According to music therapist Adam Sankowski, of the Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts General Hospital, music is an easy way to manage not only our feelings, but how we function. Try putting on some upbeat cheerful music on your Monday morning commute to work to get into a good mood or you can listen to motivational music to get your energy levels up for long Monday meetings.
Plan for Monday beforehand
Before you clock out on Friday, try planning your schedule and timetable for the following Monday (or for the following week if possible). This way, you will enter the office on Monday morning knowing exactly what to do, exactly who to meet and exactly what to expect. If you only start planning your day or week on Monday morning, then you will most likely fumble on Monday morning trying to organise meetings and work while already expected to undertake your work at hand.
Mental and physical preparations
Be sure to have a good night’s sleep on Sunday night. This also means that you should try avoiding activities that could lead to sleeping late or sleepless nights. This way, you will be physically prepared for the weak ahead. In addition, avoid getting into emotional situations such as getting into heated discussions or even watching distressing movies/videos – this could affect the quality of your sleep.
Avoid traffic jams
Getting stuck in traffic jams for an hour on a Monday morning can be mood breaker. Not only is it physically exhausting, it can also be mentally tiring. Try taking public transportations or try getting out of your house slightly earlier on Monday mornings to avoid this situation. Getting to office in the right mood and recharged can make a difference between having a great Monday or having a bad one.