From Monday Blues to Monday Boost: 3 Tips to Tackle the Week Ahead
It's Monday morning again, do you have that feeling? Although your body has gone out to school or work, your mind is still at home. The only thought in your hazy mind is "When can I go back to bed?"
The feeling mentally unwell when waking up on Monday morning is a common phenomenon called "Monday Blues". Let's explore some tips for overcoming the Monday Blues and facing the week ahead with a relaxed and positive attitude! (Fist bump ✊)
What are the Monday Blues?
The Monday Blues refer to negative feelings such as depression, low mood, and fatigue that usually occur at the beginning of the week, typically on Mondays. Some people may even start experiencing similar symptoms early on Sunday evening or afternoon. Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating, becoming easily angry, and having a negative outlook
- Slow reaction time and constant yawning during meetings or classes
- (Feeling like your boss looks especially unpleasant on Mondays)
Why do we have Monday blues?
There are several reasons why people may feel down or stressed on Mondays:
- Contrast effect: The leisure and relaxation of the weekend may make it difficult for people to adapt to work and study pressure on Monday.
- Accumulated stress: Negative emotions that have accumulated previously can explode all at once when returning to work.
- Weekend laziness: Sleeping or binge-watching during weekends may leave a feeling of not having done what one really wanted, leading to regret on Mondays.
- Irregular schedule: Staying up late or excessive drinking during weekends can cause physical and mental discomfort.
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How to Cope with Monday Blues?
1. Make Mondays Happy
Plan ahead and prepare a pleasant "Monday plan"! After being busy all day, you can arrange some activities you like in the evening, such as dining with friends, watching movies, or getting a massage. This will add some anticipation for yourself throughout the day while reducing stress. You might also be curious: Too many things but no motivation? Let's see how to add fun into boring life...
2. Exercise and Relax Properly
It may sound difficult, but try setting your alarm clock 10-15 minutes earlier on Mondays - it can have a magical effect!
After waking up, don't rush to leave your bedroom. Instead, do some simple stretches or light exercises, such as yoga or meditation, to allow your body and mind to enter a calm and relaxed state. This can effectively reduce anxiety and emotional depression when facing a new week. Experts have also found that walking mindfully can help relax you both physically and mentall.
3. Create a Comfortable Environment
Create a comfortable work and study environment by adding some green plants, comfortable lighting, and your favorite music, and changing your desktop background or using new office supplies. These simple changes can add some freshness to your upcoming week.
🐈 *Editor's tip: Try using this cute cat as your wallpaper to brighten up your Blue Monday! * Source: Unsplash
Feeling the Monday blues is common, but there are small changes that can help us get through this challenge. If you want to try these changes in the new week, you can record these ideas as tasks through To-Do Adventure. This will help you easily control your pace and progress.
We hope these fun tips can help you find the most suitable "Monday therapy" for yourself and enjoy every beautiful moment in life!