8 Ways to Beat the Monday Blues

We get it. Not everyone jumps out of bed on Monday morning like an energiser bunny just dying to open their emails or join the commute. There’s lot’s to unpack about why you might be feeling like this, and I am not a licenced therapist…but at We Are BRAVE we do have some thoughts.

Here are eight simple ways to shoo away the Monday blues and focus on a positive week.

Start with a Positive Mindset

Begin your day by focusing on the good things ahead. Try not to dwell on the bad stuff, focus on what you can do to take control of the day, and the week ahead. Remind yourself of your goals and what you’re looking forward to achieving during the week. Even if it’s just that KitKat at 3pm with a cup of tea. Mmm.

Get into the Groove a Little Earlier

Now we are not advocating working all weekend (hell no!) BUT, hear us out here, taking some time on Sunday evening to plan your Monday schedule might just help. Having a clear roadmap of tasks and goals can alleviate stress and help you feel more prepared for the week ahead.

Get Your Body Moving A Bit

We all know that exercise is a powerful mood booster. Whether it’s a quick morning walk, a spritely jog to put the bins out, a yoga session, or hitting the gym, getting your body moving releases endorphins that can uplift your mood and energy levels.

Chunking The Day Up

Breaking up your day into smaller, more manageable chunks and scheduling short breaks in between tasks like meetings and focus time really helps. Stepping away from your desk for a few minutes can refresh your mind and prevent burnout.

Keep Hydrated and Eat Good Stuff

Another one we all know but might not do. When you feel a bit flat it’s tempting to reach for coffee, sugar and the obligatory chocolate digestives (we don’t make these rules). Instead try to fuel your body with nutritious foods and stay hydrated throughout the day. Even if you only do this on Monday it will you feel better and more focused.

Get Those Upbeat Tunes On The Go

The power of music is massively under rated. Create a feel-good playlist to listen to during your commute or while getting set up or even for while you’re working. Music has the power to elevate your mood and shift your perspective, making it easier to tackle the day ahead. Just remember to mute before you answer the phone!

Get Some Gratitude Practice In

Something a bit more left field but often a bit of reflection helps us see that there are things going on that we can be grateful for, even on a Monday! Take a moment to reflect on the things you are grateful for. Whether it’s a supportive colleague, a delicious cup of coffee, or a sunny day, acknowledging the positives in your life can cultivate a sense of gratitude and contentment.

Use A Reward System to Help You

It’s a an old trick but having something to look forward to at the end of the day, whether it’s indulging in your favourite hobby, spending time with loved ones, or simply unwinding with a good book or podcast can make all the difference. Maybe you make Monday into Movie Night? Perhaps Monday = Pizza. Anything to make the association a little better can work.

So if you can try incorporating even one of these simple practices into your Monday routine, you might just be able to banish those Monday blues and take control of the rest of the week.