Instead of focusing on the mundane1
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 extravagant2
, 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 inadequate3
sleep can cause irritability4
and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being5
So, if you find yourself a little more short-tempered than normal, sleep may be the answer. Take a nap to energize6
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.
Though this may seem trivial, don’t underestimate the power of an outfit7
. 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!
After a weekend of fun and taking it easy, it might be best to keep Monday’s schedule a little lighter8
than other days. This doesn’t mean sitting around and drowning in your blues9
. 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.