Webster’s dictionary defines the Monday blues as a Monday that is depressing or trying because of the return to work and routine after the week. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. Many of us are constantly living for the weekend—getting through the week and just waiting until Friday hits. But what if you stopped living for the weekend and enjoyed every day of the week (including Mondays)?
Fridays can be just as good as Mondays and they may even become your new favorite day of the week. Check out the tips below to see how you can start enjoying Mondays and have a better work-life balance.
1. Prep on Sunday
Cleaning and organizing your space on Sunday can help you ease into Monday feeling relaxed and ready to tackle the week ahead. Prep your meals, lay out your clothes and make a to-do list of all of the tasks you need to get done on Monday. Nothing beats those Monday blues better than being prepared so you set yourself up for success.
2. Put on Your Favorite Monday Outfit
Going into the new work week with confidence can be easy with your favorite outfit. Whether you’re working from home and feel best in your favorite pair of yoga leggings and a t-shirt, or you’re going into the office with a new blazer and jeans, throwing on that outfit that gets you excited to get dressed and can help you better tackle Monday.
3. Move Your Body
Exercise in the morning doesn’t just help wake you up, it can also help keep you energized and focused throughout the rest of the day. Yes, it can be hard to wake up early to get that workout in, but it’s so worth it! Try starting the week off with gentle movements like stretching, yoga or a walk so you can ease into the week feeling energized and stress-free. Your health at work should always be a top priority.
4. Change Your Monday Mindset
Many of us are stuck in this “Mondays sucks” mindset which is why we usually dread the day. Focus on changing your mindset by planning things you will look forward to on Mondays, like grabbing a coffee from your favorite coffee shop, taking a walk during your lunch break or grabbing dinner with a coworker after work.
When you have things to look forward to it will help change your perspective on how you see Mondays. As a team leader, you can also try implementing this with your team and giving them something to look forward to, like a paid lunch or a fun gift, to increase team motivation.
Whether it’s crafting your personal work wardrobe, changing your mindset or exercising before work, small tweaks to your Monday routine can make it that much better. For more tips on how you can cultivate a positive outlook on Mondays and make them your favorite day of the week, check out the infographic below.