Surviving the Monday Morning Gloom

It’s Monday morning and you have that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach as if you’re about to fall from a scary height, yet in reality, it’s your alarm going off to wake you up for work. We all have mornings where we’d rather stay in bed, especially a Monday morning where you have to adjust your mindset from maximum chilling to professional adult with responsibilities. Sometimes, we all need a bit of support to see us through the struggle, so here are some ways to help you start enjoying your day.

Treat Yourself

Give yourself something to look forward to, whether it’s something simple like a tasty lunch to get you through the morning, or mid-week drinks with your gal pals. We all need plans and things to look forward to. Treating yourself isn’t indulgent, and you shouldn’t feel guilty. You deserve to enjoy life, and when you do, everyone around you reaps the benefits too! So, go and schedule in some time to do the things that make you feel good. Gin O’Clock anyone?

Gratitude

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

This one may sound cheesy, (we can almost hear the eye rolls), but it’s an extremely powerful tool to move past negative victim mode, to appreciating and enjoying exactly where you are right now in life. Oprah swears by it, and if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us! Get yourself a gratitude journal and write down 10 things you’re grateful for every day. It’s an excellent way to begin your morning as it sets the tone for the day and will shift your mindset. Sometimes, a change in perspective can make all the difference. Remember; life isn’t meant to be perfect, but you can still enjoy and appreciate it anyhow.

Goals

If you haven’t already, set yourself some goals. This will remind you that nothing is permanent so even if you’re not enjoying your job or life right now, you know that you’re in control and can proactively work on changing the situation. Work towards getting that promotion, save up and take an evening course to gain a new skill, set some fitness goals to help you feel physically great and more confident. There is a myriad of things you can do to push yourself and into the direction you want to. It will keep you focused and motivated whilst you persevere through those miserable Monday mornings.


Self-care

if you’re run-down, tired and feel utterly drained, your day will feel a lot harder. Self-care is different for everyone, however, you can’t go wrong with locking down the basics. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep, nutritious food, and exercise. The general guidelines are approximately 8 hours of sleep a night and working out 3-4 times a week. Don’t worry though, self-care doesn’t have to be boring; book in that facial or manicure and enjoy a pampering session. Remember to watch your inner critic and be kind to yourself, then watch how your energy and sparkle will come back, as will your zest for life!

Fun

Seems silly, we know. But it’s important to remember not to take yourself, and life too seriously.  If you’ve been busy being a responsible (and somewhat serious) adult, sometimes you need permission to be playful. Well, this is it! Schedule some time in with your loved ones and let loose. That doesn’t necessarily have to mean drinking a glass of wine (or two) but to be playful and silly. From seeing a comedy show to theme parks, there are plenty of activities to unleash your inner child. After all, laughter is the best medicine. A polite reminder that a dad joke never hurt anyone!

Give Back
When you’re feeling bad about yourself or stuck in a negative headspace about where you are in life, taking the attention away from you and focusing it on others is a great way to make you feel better. It may give you some perspective that perhaps your problems aren’t so bad after all, especially if you dedicate some time to helping others less fortunate than yourself. As the saying goes, if everyone threw all their problems into a pile, you’d want to grab yours back. So today, do something nice for someone else. Whether it’s buying your colleague a coffee, surprising a friend with their favourite book, volunteering your time for a cause you’re passionate about, or calling a loved one to check in and listen to how they’re doing. By brightening up someone else’s day, you’ll inevitably brighten up your own.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you be on your way to go from surviving to thriving and embracing a Monday morning with open arms. Don’t forget to share this post with a friend or tweet us @trulygroup about your favourite ways to enjoy a Monday.