Feeling the Monday blues again? You’re not alone — it’s always tough to have to go back to work after a nice, relaxing weekend. In fact, according to a study done by British researchers, the average worker can’t even crack a smile until 11:16 am on Mondays. That’s how demoralized some of us can feel at the beginning of the week. But it doesn’t always have to be that way! Luckily, there are a few easy tips for starting your Monday off with a smile and burst of productivity.
Interact with your colleagues
Mornings can be rough, especially if you head straight to your desk when you get into the office. Your brain needs to wake up before you can actually get any work done — and socializing can stimulate your mind in just the right way. Plus, chatting with your colleagues can even be something you look forward to in the mornings. It’s always fun to hear about your co-worker’s crazy Saturday night shenanigans and it’ll definitely lighten your mood!
Unplug over the weekend
Yeah, we know it’s hard to not check your work email over the weekend, especially when you’ve got an important project to keep tabs on all the time. It doesn’t help that your phone is probably linked to your email account, too, so it’ll never stop pinging you. But when you can, try to take a break from all work-related issues over the weekend. Studies tell us that we really do need to disconnect after work and take some time to relax, and catch up on some ‘me’ time to de-stress after a long week.
End Friday with a clean slate
It’s easy to check out mentally on Fridays way before you even get off work. Sometime around noon, your mind probably starts drifting away from the project you’re working on to what your weekend plans are. But don’t get too far ahead of yourself — it’ll hurt you in the long run! If you don’t finish up your work on Fridays, that’s what is going to be the first thing on your desk when you get in on Monday morning. Then you have double the workload to kick off your week. Now that is a reason to have the Monday blues. Instead, stop procrastinating and finish your work up at the end of the week. Even better, try to get a head start on the Monday’s to-do list, and start the next week off on a good note.
Start Monday on Sunday night
If you don’t get enough sleep on Sunday night, it’s not hard to imagine that you’ll wake up in a cranky mood on Monday. You might not even wake up in time to catch your morning commute — putting you in an even worse mood. The solution? Go to sleep earlier on Sunday nights to make sure you get the 7 hours of sleep you need. And it might be tough, but waking up at the same time on the weekends as you do during the week will be better for your health, too. This will train your body’s internal clock. And you know what they say, practice makes perfect! If you wake up at a certain time every morning, you’ll wake up better rested each day (not just on Mondays).
Life’s not perfect — you’re bound to have some good days and some bad days. But that doesn’t mean you should just let those Monday morning blues walk all over you, so make an effort to try some of these tips out. Sure, these might not be a foolproof way to get rid of your Monday blues, but they’ll certainly reduce the chances of feeling terrible in the morning.