No single day of the week divides people quite like a Monday. Love your job or loathe it, trying to get back into the same old routine after a couple of days out can be a challenge.
And, as you sit at your desk, staring blankly at your computer screen, that Friday feeling seeming like a distant memory, trying to stay positive is much easier said than done.
Luckily, here at reed.co.uk, we’re rather fond of Mondays. So to help you improve your Monday morning morale, we’ve put together our list of the top five ways to love Mondays…
5. Get up earlier
Some people live for mornings. Other people, however, live for their snooze button. For those of us who aren’t early risers, laying in bed till the last possible moment and stumbling bleary-eyed into the bathroom is a daily occurrence.
Not usually a morning person? Try waking up 15 minutes earlier. Not only will your morning be a little less stressful, but you’ll feel much more alert by the time you leave the house.
And, if you’re struggling to cure your snooze button syndrome, you might just need to upgrade your hardware. The multimillion pound (warning: estimated figure) alarm clock industry now provides everything from a breakfast making model, right through to one that sends embarrassing tweets every time you hit the magic button.
The snooze may never be the same again…
Often dubbed ‘the most important meal of the day’, a balanced breakfast is an essential component to a successful start. Studies have shown that people who regularly skip breakfast are more likely to have problems with concentration, energy and metabolism. And that’s without mentioning those awkward 10am stomach grumbles.
With studies finding that over a quarter of us skip breakfast every day, there’s plenty of room for improvement. So grab a bap, bagel or bowl of porridge, and embrace the day.
If all else fails, buy yourself a banana and an espresso on the go, and hope for the best.
3. Set yourself an achievable goal
To increase your productivity, try setting yourself some simple targets for the course of the day. These should be easy enough to hit that they’re possible to accomplish, but just hard enough to make you feel like you’ve worked for it. Think somewhere between being able to get out of bed, and curing world hunger.
Adding some structure to your day will have a multitude of benefits, including increased creativity, better time management and the ability to prioritise. Also, it will help make you look a lot busier and more organised, which can always come in handy (see boss/spouse).
2. Steer clear of negativity
No matter how hard you try to stay cheerful, the start of a new week can be full of other people’s negativity. From your commute to your colleagues, Monday mornings are often characterised by complaints about being tired, being back at work and the premature end of the weekend’s exploits.
The trick is not to let it get to you. Instead of joining in the conversation, simply choose not to participate. Have the biggest smile on your face, put your fingers in your ears and politely refuse to conform to other people’s grievances.
Say out loud to yourself ‘No Monday, you will not get me down with your pointless pessimistic ramblings. I’m not listening. La la la la’. Repeat to fade (or until people start avoiding you).
1. Random acts of kindness
It’s important to remember that, no matter how bad your day is going, there’s always someone who has it worse. If you can’t think of any ways to make your day better, why not make a difference to someone else’s by practicing Random Acts of Monday Kindness.
Acts of kindness can be found at almost every turn. Try giving a random stranger a compliment (make sure you pick very carefully). Make breakfast in bed for your partner. Pay for someone else’s coffee as well as your own. Don’t just offer your seat on the bus. Offer a relaxing back rub too.
Because life isn’t about lingering over the little things that go wrong, it’s about loving the little things that go right…
Honourable mentions: Breathe in, breathe out, dance like no-one is watching and sing like no-one is listening (Warning: it’s almost certain that they are).
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