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5 Helpful Tips for Maximizing your Monday at Work

Kick Start your Monday Motivation with a Burst of Positivity

The beginning of the work week has a bad reputation. After a relaxing weekend filled with Netflix marathons, dinner dates, and naps, finding your Monday motivation is exceptionally difficult when getting ready to head back for another week at the office. Sound familiar? While Mondays may definitely suck, there’s no reason to waste an entire day groveling in self-pity! Life is much too short for that. Make the most out of what’s arguably the worst day of the week with these little lifestyle changes that can really help make a difference.

Set Your Alarm 20 Minutes Earlier

You probably think I’m crazy, but hear me out. Yes, waking up earlier than you have to on the day you’re the most tired sounds impossible, but I can almost promise you’ll feel much better for it. By setting your alarm just 20 minutes earlier than normal, you’ll be able to start your day off on a good note. With that extra 20 minutes, try sitting down at the kitchen table, enjoying a healthy breakfast while taking some time to reflect on the day ahead. Writing a to-do list can work wonders for your productivity as well, so try incorporating this into your new morning ritual.

Prep a Delicious Lunch

Everyone looks forward to lunch, especially when the items contained in your brown bag are worth getting excited over. If you’re struggling with a bad case of the Monday “blahs”, prepare yourself a tasty meal reserved for lunch hour. Thanks to the internet, there’s tons of nutritious meal ideas at our disposal which are easy to prepare in advance and allow you better control over what you put into your body. If making your own lunch sounds like too much effort, perhaps Monday is a good day to treat yourself to a great local restaurant!

Bring a Good Book

Bringing a book to work is good practice when feeling down on a Monday. By making time to read a great book on your scheduled break, you’re giving yourself something to look forward to throughout the day. Stepping away from your desk to read a really great book you’ve been dying to dive into could be just what you need to get through an exhausting day at the office.

Hit the Gym

I don’t need to remind you that making time for exercise should be a priority for your health (you already know that). However, breaking a sweat also does wonders for kick-starting your Monday motivation and helping to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety, all-too familiar emotions on the first day of the work week. Try heading to the gym or going for a walk/run before your 9 to 5 or even during your lunch hour. Releasing some powerful endorphins are known to trigger positive feelings within the body, something that is oh-so-needed on a Monday.

Find Some Perspective

The world is a dark and scary place that lately, feels a little more hateful than usual. From a startling change in the USA’s political system to what feels like a new terrorist attack every week, we must put our lives and feelings into perspective. It’s okay if you’re feeling depressed, sad, directionless, etc. We’re all human and tend to feel that way from time to time. But if a bad case of the Mondays is really wearing you down, take a deep breath and remember there is still good in the world. Loads of it, in fact! While your boss is hounding you about a deadline, or you’re struggling to finish a report, take some time to reflect over the fact that you have a roof over your head, a little bit of money in your pocket, and friends & family who love you. Whatever you have in your life that makes you smile, remember those things in the darkest of moments and that should be enough to get you through your Monday.


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