Last week, I did a search of Tweets around my neighbourhood and was surprised at the number of blue Monday tweets and blasts about fatigue and general malaise.
Monday blues are a lot like post-party blues. You hit such a high chilling with friends and fabulous food that the next day, the clearing up, the bits of party debris, and the silence seems to mock the high-octane revelry just several hours ago.
Here is a list of things that you can do to combat those blues so that Monday will find you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
1. Like your mother told you a gazillion times, SLEEP EARLY on Sunday night. The number one reason you wake up bleary-eyed and fatigued is because of another two words: Inadequate sleep. Weekend revelries can create at least a 1 hour sleep deficit or more. When you owe the Sandman, you pay for it waking up tired and feeling hungover, even though you didn’t touch any alcohol.
2. Talk about it. Whether you Skype, What’s App, ping, text, or call, chat about it with a friend. There’s a lot to be said about giving vent to your worries, fears, attitude. Friends encourage, and that’s what you need to stay positive. Similarly, say affirmative statements to yourself. You owe it to yourself.
3. Exercise. Dance. Anything to get your heart rate up and the endorphins dancing around in your head. This means waking up earlier. If you can’t do a run or a brisk walk, put on your favourite tunes and dance. You wouldn’t believe how good you’d feel after.
4. OK, so after you run/dance, take a shower and dress. Mondays call for wearing your best clothes. Vidal Sassoon said “If you don’t look good, you don’t feel good.” Pick your nicest shirt, blouse, necklace and earrings, and bother with your grooming. This goes for the shoes too. You’d be surprised how a good ensemble makes you feel stepping out the door.
5. Make a list. Plan. An organizer is a conqueror. Get your mind off idling at first gear in malaise mode and get it cracking on to-do lists, priorty lists, and schedules.
6. This is a favourite. Plan something fun for Monday evening so you can look forward to the day’s end. Dinner with a pal, coffee and dessert, even shopping has therapeutic value when it’s done at the end of a workday. It works for me.
7. This will be everyone’s favourite. Eat your favourite food. At lunch, order the fried chicken you’ve been craving the past week. Order that Teh-C Special, the one with gula melaka in it. It gets you on a sugar high, but the blend of tea and the bitter and sweet caramel do something on your tastebuds which is unforgettable.
Any suggestions for beating the dreaded Monday blues? What’s worked for you? What hasn’t?
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