Monday mornings can be tough. After a relaxing weekend, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things. But there are some things you can do to make the transition a little easier. Here are nine Monday morning habits that will help you get through the day.
Only 5 more days
One way to make Monday more bearable is to remind yourself that it’s only five days until the weekend. This can help put things in perspective and make the day feel less daunting.
Another way to get through Monday is to block off your calendar for the morning with a fake meeting. This will prevent people from scheduling meetings before noon, giving you time to catch up on emails and ease into the day.
“I put a fake meeting in my calendar for every Monday so nobody can book me in some meeting before noon, so I can get through the 1,000 emails received since Friday.”
Special Monday Breakfast
Having a special breakfast on Monday can make the day feel more special. Try changing up your breakfast routine each week to keep things interesting.
“I have a special Monday breakfast. It changes over the year, so I don’t get too bored. I recently bought an inexpensive milk frother and now I have a cappuccino with fancy protein blueberry waffles that I just make in the toaster from frozen. I feel like I am having a fancy brunch and it’s relatively healthy.”
If you have control over your schedule, try not to schedule anything until the afternoon on Monday. This will give you time to relax and ease into the week.
“As a therapist I make my own schedule. I intentionally don’t schedule anything until the afternoon on Monday. I can relax a bit, get some paperwork done, and ease into the week.”
Starting the day with a tall glass of water can help wake you up and get you ready for the day ahead.
For some, caffeine can help them power through the day. But be careful not to overdo it.
“Start off with a glass of water. Then a smoothie with cold brew coffee. Then a hot cup of coffee.”
Getting your workout done early on Monday can set the tone for the rest of the week. Even if you hate leg day, getting it out of the way can make everything else feel easier.
“Exercise. I make Monday my leg day. I hate leg day. Well, I hate any day really but especially leg day. So I get up early and get it done. Nothing else will be as bad. And I can always fall back on “At least legs are done.” When something inevitably goes sideways.”
Working from home can help eliminate the Monday blues. Without the commute and office stress, you can start the day feeling more relaxed.
“A bit of a side point, but I’ve been fortunate enough to mostly WFH for the past couple of years, and it’s been a game changer in terms of the Monday dread. I used to start to feel it on Saturday evening which is ridiculous, as I’d be thinking about Sunday already and how it’s ‘back to the grind’ again the following day. Not a healthy way to enjoy the weekend from a mental POV, really. This doesn’t really happen anymore. WFH has zapped probably 90% of the Monday blues for me in general, which has been wonderful.”
Having breakfasts prepped for the week can make Monday mornings a breeze. Just pop something in the microwave and you’re good to go.
“Having breakfasts for the week prepped by the end of the weekend. It’s just nice to toss something in the microwave while starting the coffee and not having to invest any mental energy on anything other than prepping for the day. It doesn’t hurt that I’m eating something healthier than a lot of quick breakfast options as well.”
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