The weekend has ended and the sun will soon shine again tomorrow morning to usher in the beginning of a brand new week with Monday…
If you felt a slight shudder come upon you after reading the first paragraph of this article, I’d say there’s a possibility that you’ve got the case of Mondayitis.
It’s a common feeling. We’ve all been there. And I’m sure many of us have taken to heart the lyrics of Manic Monday by The Bangles.
Yep, there may be an extensive to-do list that await us in the week ahead but that doesn’t mean we have to let it get the better of us by putting us in a mood before the week has even started.
SO… here are a 4 things you can try out to beat Mondayitis:
1. Rest well on Sunday night.
I know it can be really tempting to jam-pack weekends with loads of fun and games and catch-ups with all of our friends BUT you need to give yourself time to unwind and rest. By slowing down the pace on a Sunday evening, you’ll feel more relaxed and less burnt-out once Monday morning comes around.
2. List at least 3 things you are looking forward to in the week ahead.
This doesn’t have to be an arduous task. It could be as simple as jotting down on a post-it note the people you’re excited to be catching up with that week, the basketball game or tennis match on Wednesday night that you are so pumped to play (and win!) or even the new episode of your fave TV series that will be released that week. Thinking ahead of the things we are looking forward to in the week to come will help put us in positive mindset and keep Mondayitis at bay.
3. Make the most of music.
There isn’t a single person I’ve met who doesn’t like music in some shape or form. Music is powerful. Make the most of it. It wouldn’t hurt to replace 80s hit Manic Monday with tunes that could actually motivate us to take on the week ahead (instead of mourning the passing of Sunday) . Whether it’s Chopin or Justin Bieber or both – seriously whatever suits you – create a playlist of tunes that you can listen to on your way to uni, work or school that will help put you in a good mood.
4. Enjoy a Monday breakfast.
I know this point isn’t one you’d typically see recommended as a Mondayitis cure, but I think it’s a good one. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast and not just replacing it with coffee is a a good start. Actual food will probably sustain you more throughout the day than multiple caffeine hits. If you have the time to enjoy a hearty breakfast at home then do it. If this does not work for your schedule, then try blending up a brekky smoothie the night before so you can enjoy it on the go. I repeat – do not miss breakfast on a Monday (or any day for that matter). Hangry is a thing, don’t let a lack of food put you in the dumps. Let your Monday breakfast set the tone for a healthy and upbeat start to the week.