05 Feb 6 Ways to Get Motivated and Beat the Monday Blues
Overcoming the Monday Blues can seem like a big challenge. Even if you love your job and enjoy being back at your desk after a great weekend escape, you’ve probably faced some sort of Monday blues which can be hard to shake. Luckily, I have learnt a thing or two along the way, which has helped me claim Monday as my favourite day of the week. Here are some tips to making Monday, YOUR day!
Get a Head Start
Most people hate thinking about having to go back to work after the weekend. Although it’s normal to feel anxious about completing unfinished tasks and facing new challenges, you shouldn’t block all work thoughts. Instead, consider getting a head start the night before by taking an hour or two to prepare for everything you’ll have to do tomorrow.
Apart from going over your work tasks on Sunday, you should also pick out the outfit you’re going to wear and prepare breakfast for tomorrow. You don’t want to be in a situation where you have to rush to grab something to eat and get dressed on Monday morning, as this will make you extremely stressed out before you even get to the office. Taking a bit of time to ensure you have a stress-free morning will help you stay motivated on Mondays and tackle any challenges you may face during the day!
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Not getting a good night’s sleep will make you feel edgy and exhausted in the morning. Trying to do any complex tasks while your tank is on empty may seem impossible. Thankfully, you can avoid this trouble if you simply get enough rest the night before.
One of the main reasons people don’t get enough sleep at night is because they have too many distractions around them. Quality sleep requires you to turn off your laptop and TV, as well as put your phone on silent.
Create a Playlist of Motivational Songs
Music brings out emotion, which is exactly what you need to get motivated on a Monday. Create a playlist filled with motivational songs during the weekend and play a few songs whenever you’re feeling hopeless, sad, or anxious. Motivational music will bring out the fighter in you and make you feel like you can overcome any challenge. This is the type of mind-set you will need to have if you want to get through a Monday like a champ.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Grabbing a donut and coffee on your way to work may be convenient, but eating a healthy breakfast will boost your energy and mood. Having low energy levels will make it impossible for you to get motivated. A healthy breakfast should consist of nutrient-dense foods and have a balanced amount of protein, fibre, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Whole-grain carbohydrates are very important in a breakfast meal since these macronutrients allow a nonessential amino acid called tryptophan to easily enter your brain. Increased levels of tryptophan in your brain will help elevate your mood and prevent negative thoughts.
Make a Post-Work Plan
Having something to look forward to will definitely help keep you motivated to get through the day. Making a post-work plan will shift your thoughts toward something positive. Consider grabbing a drink with some friends, making your favourite dinner, or watching a movie after work. Essentially, you should try making your day about something other than work.
Leave Complicated Tasks for Another Day
One of the reasons why you may be dreading to go to work every Monday is because you start each week by tackling the most complicated task you have. To transition from the weekend to the workweek with ease, you should start by doing more routine tasks and leave the complicated stuff for another day.
You don’t have to feel anxiety, stress, or any other negative emotion at the beginning of a workweek. A lack of motivation is always caused by something. Your first step toward being inspired to take on another week of work should be identifying what’s giving you the Monday blues. Once you do that, you can easily determine what you can do to boost your Monday motivation.