“It’s just another manic Monday/ I wish it were a Sunday/ ‘Cause that’s my fun day/ My I don’t have to run day/ It’s just another manic Monday…”
There’s a reason why that Bangles song was a big hit. Every working person can relate to having the occasional bout of Monday morning blues. It’s like the weekend has barely begun and there you are, back at your desk to slave another week.
Yep, that’s never a joy-inducing feeling. Want to know an interesting fact? According to a study, most people don’t even smile on a Monday morning until 11:16 am.
Here are a few more Monday trivia:
- 50% of workers are late coming in to work on Mondays.
- Most people take an average of 12 minutes just complaining about it being Monday.
- Maximum productivity on a Monday has been pegged at an average of just 3.5 hours.
So, yeah, not really your ray of sunshine of a day, is it?
If you’re feeling down about the start of the week and the hours feel so very long and daunting, don’t worry. There are ways to make the day better and help you get through Monday.
1. Rest on Sunday.
Okay, this may not really help much if it’s already Monday morning. But just so you know, if you feel tired and stressed when you wake up on Monday morning, you’d probably be feeling bad the rest of the day. You can easily avoid this by getting enough rest the day before. If you are well-rested, you wake up more refreshed and that will definitely help lift your mood up.
2. Sneak in some Monday morning sex.
According to research, having sex is one of the best ways to overcome your hatred of Monday mornings. If you don’t have the time to indulge in a little morning nookie, however, then just “lovebomb” your partner. Make your first text of the day extra sweet. Tweet something slushy. Philosophers call this “paying it forward.” That’s because you’d likely get a sweet text in response and if that doesn’t make you get some good vibes going, what will?
3. Eat breakfast.
Actually, make that – eat a healthy breakfast. You’ve already heard of that old adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. Breakfast serves as your fuel at the start of the day. Make your fuel more efficient by avoiding sugary cereals. Those will just leave you feeling more lethargic and irritable when your blood-sugar level crashes. Opt for fresh fruit juice and protein-rich foods instead.
4. Start with the more enjoyable tasks.
If you hate reading and answering emails first thing in the morning, then skip it for a bit. Forcing yourself to do something you don’t really enjoy after a very relaxing weekend can just make you more irritated and de-motivated over the fact that it’s a Monday. Choose to start on tasks that make you happy and lift your spirits a little bit.
Singing has been known to boost oxytocin levels. That’s the feel-good hormone. It’s also a natural pain killer. Even if you’re not American Idol material, singing can lift your mood and remove stress. Bonus: if you’re actually good at it, you may help other people feel better and happier, too.
5. Plan a vacation.
Planning a vacation is right up there with having sex, eating chocolate and watching TV when it comes to Monday mood boosting activities. It might make you feel better if you have something to look forward to other than the piles of paperwork on your desk. Or, if you really feel like you don’t like your job anymore and cannot see the purpose in your efforts, then you could use this activity to plan your next move. Maybe move to the Caribbean?
Mondays are hard. But that doesn’t mean they’re insurmountable. Use these tricks to get you out of your Monday funk and jumpstart your productive week ahead.