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Happy Monday all! I hope everyone is having a great start to the week! We had a lovely weekend of sunshine in London, so we spent our time lounging around parks and watching the football in garden pubs with Luna, our little Frenchie. World Cup fever and the start of Wimbledon, as well as the current heatwave we have going on, makes you feel like you’re on permanent holiday mode, and it’s so hard to get things done! Then comes Monday morning, when the tanning lotions are put away, the beer is all finished, and your alarm starts ringing at 7am. I don’t know about you but I find it tough. Really tough. To make it worse, I have always been more nocturnal and early mornings are a killer for me. As is Monday morning rush hour on the tube. You can see where all this is going. Monday blues. We all get them every so often, so I’ve done some research and put together a list of tips to help you get over your Monday blues and start the week in the right way!
Given that I’m not the biggest fan of Monday morning, I probably do the worst possible thing and extend my Sunday evening as much as possible. I also have a really bad habit of leaving everything I need to do at the weekend to Sunday evening too, meaning that I end up getting to bed anywhere between 1am and 2am. Naturally, I wake up exhausted on Monday morning and already set myself up for a bad start – usually running late. New plan? Aim to be in bed by 11pm on Sunday night, so that I can calculate a whole 7 to 8 hours of sleep. It’s true that when I go to bed at a reasonable hour, I always wake up so much better and sometimes even without the alarm. So my first tip for beating Monday blues is to get all of your errands and lifemin done throughout the weekend, so that you can have an early night on Sunday and get a full night’s rest.
Ha! Again, so hard for me, but when I do start the morning earlier, I am so much more productive throughout the day. To help me to wake up, I use an app called Sleep Cycle. You can download this to your phone, with the basic version of the app being free of charge. The app monitors where you are in your 90 minute sleep cycle. The first state in a sleep cycle is light sleep, followed by deep sleep and lastly dream state. The app aims to wake you up around the time of the alarm set whilst you are in the light stage of sleep. I promise it really does make a difference!!
Workout & Prepare Breakfast
So now that you are up early thanks to the new app you’ve downloaded, start the day the right way and get some exercise in. Again, this is really tough for me as I don’t wake up well, but it’s only hard until you get into it. The hardest part of working out is the first ten minutes or so. Once I’ve started then I can keep going until I’m done – normally around 35 minutes later. You may not feel like it all, but have you ever regretted a workout once it’s done? You probably have regretted not working out though. So you’ve woken up early and worked out, and since it’s still only 7:45, that means enough time to make your own breakfast, rather than picking up a croissant on the way into the office! I’ll get round to writing a blog post about easy five minute breakfasts at a later date! In the meantime, check out this post for some ideas!
Dress to Impress
At this point, your Monday blues should already start to feel a little bit lighter. To continue on with these good vibes, pick your favourite outfit, style your hair and put some make up on. If you look good, you feel good so make that extra effort on a Monday to dress to impress. You will leave the house feeling confident, self-esteem boosted and endorphins still having a party after your workout routine.
Do Something For You
Everyone gets to work on a Monday morning and starts running through the long list of things that need doing over the week, adding to Monday blues. What I try to do, at least most days, is to start with the task that I am dreading the most or that I find the most challenging, just to get it out of the way. Once the you’ve done what you have been dreading the most, find the time to schedule in something for you or something to look forward to. It could be planning your next holiday or next Saturday’s BBQ over your lunch break, or walking around the shops in your free hour. For me it’s walking around Old Bond Street, checking out what shoes I’m missing. If you know you have something to look forward to, you’ll be more motivated to get stuff done so that you can move on to doing something that you actually want to do.
There you have it – my five tips on how to beat your Monday blues. Since this is something I really struggle with, I did a lot of reading online in search of tips for this post, and picked the ones that I will definitely be doing this coming Monday. When I told my husband about this, his advice was ‘if all else fails, pretend it’s Tuesday’. What are your tips for beating Monday blues? Have you tried any of the tips above already? What are your thoughts? Leave your tips in the comments section below!