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Saying Bye-Bye to the Monday Blues . . .

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 21:41  by Jessica K.

It’s Sunday night and you are already dreading Monday morning. Whether your schedule consists of school, a busy workweek, or running the kids here and there, the Monday blues kick in gear. Frequently experiencing those Monday blues? Here are some tips for making your weekdays more like your weekend!

Get more sleep: Lack of sleep is one of the top contributors to weekday stress. According to Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans get far less than the recommended seven hours of sleep a night.

Watch less television: Yes, we all have our favorite show or, for some of us, “shows” that air during the week and we should take the time to watch those that we enjoy. But the problem is when we are watching just to be watching and find ourselves awake at 1 am still watching TV. If you are to tired to do anything besides watch TV, then common sense says go to bed.

Make more midweek plans: Instead of saving all of your plans for the weekend spread a few of them out during the week. Meet a friend at lunch; join a yoga group, or a book club that meets mid-week.

Stop being in such a hurry: If you are always in a rush then you will always feel stressed. If you are always rushing to clock in at work on time, then wake up 20 minutes earlier than normal. Allow yourself to have time to wake up and start the day out right instead of rushing out the door every morning leaving your lunch behind, and forgetting that important folder you needed for work.

Give yourself a “Monday treat”: If you know Mondays drag you down why not treat yourself to something special that day. Wake up a little earlier and treat yourself to breakfast one morning, or plan a relaxing massage or pedicure after work. This gives you something to look forward to and starts your workweek out the right way.

Make time to evaluate: Take time to figure out what is driving your happiness and what’s not making you happy. Really take time to think about how you answered those questions and then figure out how to act on your findings. Don’t let your life run you, you should be running your life.

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