It’s definitely that time of the week again. You know, that feeling when you just want to hide under the duvet and start asking yourself questions like “why is the weekend only 2 days?” and “why is Mondday so far from Friday and yet Friday is so close to Monday?”
Well ask no more! Here at Team YHD we have come up with a few handy tips to help you combat the age-old attack of the Monday Blues.
Make an Early start - this may seem obvious but bad things tend to happen when you’re late. Your may find your tension levels going up, you are in a rush, you don’t have time for breakfast, when you arrive at your office, people are shoving work into your face. It may seem like a punishment to wake up earlier on Monday but trust us, when you have enough time to organise yourself, you’ll feel like you can conquer the day and it’ll put you in a great mood for the rest of the week.
Plan the night before - it may seem like a bit of a chore at the time but just try spending a few minutes on Sunday evening getting everything ready for Monday morning. Iron a shirt, prepare your clothes, pack your files and think about how you want to structure your day in a few gentle steps. We guarantee that this will save you valuable time in the morning so that you can concentrate on other, more important, things like getting a good breakfast down and making the most of your start to the day.
Exercise – it might not be top of your Sunday list, in fact it’s probably the last thing you want to do when the weather is so cold outside, but a bit of exercise is one of the fastest and easiest ways to boost a low mood. Not only does regular exercise release feel-good chemicals serotonin and endorphins in the brain, it also decreases stress hormones like cortisol, meaning it’s one of the most effective ways to forget your troubles. If you don’t have the option of going to an indoor gym then don’t let the cold weather stop you – even a brisk walk in the fresh air will do the power of good for your mood and really help you gain clarity of your thoughts for the week ahead. So wrap up warm and get outside!
Eat Well - in addition to making sure that you get a good breakfast inside you make sure that you resist any temptation to cure your case of the Mondays by reaching for comfort food like chocolate, sweets and biscuits during the day. While indulging in your favourite high sugar foods might give you an initial boost, ultimately they will only make you feel worse. High sugar, or high GI foods like cake and chocolate are digested quickly, causing a sudden surge of glucose into the bloodstream which is followed by a sudden drop. This can result in symptoms like fatigue, irritability, poor concentration and mood swings. Try snacking on things like nuts which release energy slowly and won’t cause you to crash. Or, if you can’t shake that sweet craving go for dark chocolate which is packed with anti-oxidants, is more filling than milk chocolate and contains less sugar – meaning less chance of crashing.
Give yourself something to look forward to – one of the main reasons why people tend to look forward to the weekend so much is because they tend to make plans that provide sense of wellbeing or social fulfilment. The good news is that you don’t need to deprive yourself until Friday to get this feeling. Obviously we recognise that people are busier than every before, but just try making a little bit of time for yourself during the week that gives you something to look forward to and break up the week. Whether it’s meeting a friend for a drink or taking up an evening class, such as dancing, a book club, or even learning a new language – you will be amazed at how much it changes your outlook at the start of the week.
Look After Number 1 (that’s you!) - the team here at YHD all stand by the philosophy that looking good can play a big part in feeling good. Even though we urge you to try the lifestyle changes we’ve suggested above, there is no substitute for when someone compliments your fabulous hair, radiant skin or simply relaxed appearance. So go ahead, treat yourself and turn Blue Monday into Mighty Monday. Use it as an excuse to indulge yourself with a spa day, a manicure, or perhaps treat yourself to some new and exciting experiences. Whatever you decide to do, you can bet it will help you in your battle to beat the Monday Blues.
And remember, Stay Healthy and Stay Happy,