Chase Away The Monday Blues
Mondays. Don’t we all just dread feeling the weekend slip away every Sunday afternoon? Whether you’re schooling or working, Mondays can be pretty dreadful when you have not fully enjoyed your weekend, especially when you fall sick on a Saturday morning (and yes that has happened to me).
Since we can’t change our situation, why not try to make the best of Mondays? Start the day out right, and the week will flow until surprise, surprise, it’s Friday already!
Eat Your Favourite Breakfast
As they always say, a well fed man is a happy man. We all get grouchy and jumpy when we are hungry. In one Nat Geo program, it was explained that crankiness is a way that the brain reacts to a hungry stomach.
So what better way to have a good Monday or a good everyday than with a hearty meal? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it doesn’t matter if you get up at 7am or noon, feed yourself well to rev up the engine. There’s no need to overeat (you’ll just make yourself sleepy), but do be sure to get solid nutrition with protein and carbs to drive up the energy level.
Stop The Snoozing
So, who’s not guilty of tapping the snooze button of their alarm clock? Not a good habit as it has been shown that sleeping on can actually be bad for your health, besides screwing up your entire day. Why is that so? Continuously snoozing ends up making you feel “out” of it as your brain is confused as to whether you are supposed to sleep or wake up.
Snoozing also messes your body clock. Waking late or napping makes you push your bedtime, and further deprive yourself of some well needed rest.
Get To Work Early, Chill At A Nearby Coffee Shop
Instead of lingering in bed, and then rushing like a kanchiong spider because you’re running late, appreciate the early day and get to your work area early and just chill at the nearby coffee shop. You can have some breakfast to start the day or like me, have a cup of teh-si, just to enjoy the simple joys of life.
When you have a habit of rushing, it can affect your daily life as well. You’ll find yourself rushing to meet your friends, being late for school/work/meetings and what not. It is always good to cultivate a good habit, and it really doesn’t kill to rest your feet at a coffee shop or sit on a bench enjoying the early morning. It sets you in the right mood to start the day.
Do Something You Like While Commuting
We are all so into our smartphones while on the go and that can be a good thing or bad (especially when you block someone’s way and you can’t hear them saying, “Excuse me”.). Why not start the day by doing what you like, eg listen to your favourite music playlist or read a book? it helps you escape from thinking about your In tray or schoolwork.
Some people watch their favourite dramas or variety shows through their phones and that is good. I mean Mondays are usually quite depressing, we don’t have to make ourselves feel even worse about it. Make the most of it, and just enjoy yourself even during the crazy morning rush hour.
Have Breakfast With Your Loved Ones
No better way to start the day than to have the first meal of the day with your loved ones. Be it your family members or boyfriend/girlfriend or colleagues, as long as it makes you happy, it is all good.
I have breakfast with my dad every single day before the both of us start work, occasionally joined by my brother or mum. Just to be able to have a simple breakfast and talk about everything, it makes my day a little better, whether it was something troubling me or him. It is always good to share rather than keep it to yourself.
Go to Bed Early
It is important to get enough rest, for your body and mind. A good seven hours of sleep is perfect for the body to heal and for you to wake refreshed and ready for the challenges of the day ahead. You won’t doze off during meetings or nod away after lunch. So, get into bed by 10pm. Curl up with reading material – avoid anything exciting and don’t play games. If you are not lactose intolerant, have a glass of warm milk. The magnesium will relax muscles and make you sleepy.
Well, that’s my guide to chasing away the Monday blues. Have fun and enjoy your day!