How to Make Mondays Suck Less

Do you start feeling sad on Sunday evenings, just because you know that the next day is Monday? You're not alone - there's a name for this! It's called "The Monday Blues," and a lot of people struggle with it. However, there are things you can do to lessen this weekly dread that you're feeling. Here are some ideas.

1. Organize Your Space on Friday Afternoon

The Monday Blues happen because you're transitioning back from free time to work. This can be overwhelming, because you're going from free time back to structure. If you come back to structure on Monday to find your desk is a disaster zone, that just adds stress to a day that already feels stressful! Before you leave on Friday afternoon, give it a quick clean. It doesn't have to be a complete overhaul - just remove dirty dishes, wipe off the crumbs, gather papers into a stack and recycle what you don't need, gather your writing utensils back into their holder, and just make it look like a stress-free place for you to return to on Monday. It really makes a difference!

2. Wake up Early

I know, it sounds counterintuitive. Obviously, you want to be getting enough sleep to help fuel your Monday. Make sure you go to bed at a good time. It only needs to be about a good 15 minutes to a half hour early. It's entirely doable! With your extra time, do something meaningful and calming to you. This might be reading a chapter in your current book, making yourself a real breakfast (I'm talking scrambling some eggs, here) and sitting at the table to enjoy it, listening to a podcast you like, reading a couple articles on your favorite (work-related) sites, trying a little meditation, or, if you have a family, just hanging out with your kids for a few extra moments. You'll end up feeling much more prepared for heading into your Monday.

3. Make a Monday Night Ritual

Give yourself a reason to look forward to Mondays by doing something you like. For instance, maybe Monday is the night you get takeout for dinner, so that you can come home and relax instead of cook. Maybe it's the night you always sink into a long bubble bath, or get together with a good friend after work for a quick happy hour, or spend the night binge watching Netflix, or find a club that plays pickup basketball. Whatever it is, make it something you enjoy!

4. Acknowledge the Blues

This is a great way to practice self care. If you consistently dread Mondays and feel down during them, then you have the Monday Blues. There's nothing wrong with that! So, acknowledge it. The first step toward fixing it is realizing and acknowledging it - only then can you move onto working on it. Let yourself be okay with thinking that Mondays suck, then practice some self-care by deciding what you can do to make them better. Whatever you do, make sure you're kind to yourself in the process. 

Mondays CAN suck less, and they will, if you follow these steps.

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