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How to Beat the Monday Blues

health tips well-being Oct 23, 2020

Woke up this morning feeling a little blue? It’s not uncommon to start the workweek feeling sluggish, tired, and unmotivated. Mondays, or better known as the Monday blues, can bring on a serious downer, especially after having a good weekend. Luckily, I’ve got some tips to help turn your Monday’s into the best day of the week (it’s no competition with Friday, but you get the idea!).

If you approach Mondays with a positive mindset, it will set you up for a rewarding week ahead. When I plan for my week (usually on Sunday late afternoon or early evening), I often like to incorporate different mini-challenges (either weekly or monthly) to keep things fun and interesting. But also, hold myself accountable by keeping track of my progress. By the end of the challenge, I like to reward myself and acknowledge my accomplishments *yay small wins!*

If you find yourself feeling sluggish, tense, or unmotivated on Monday morning, here are a few things you can do to set yourself up for success for the week:

  • Stand and stretch, no doubt COVID has dramatically shifted the work dynamic. Whatever your work situation may be, challenge yourself to schedule (and honor) frequent breaks. Sitting all day can be detrimental to your physical health. When you’re sitting for a prolonged period of time, it can negatively impact the body’s metabolic rate, can also cause muscle soreness and stiffness, you may also experience a significant drop in energy levels. Planning frequent breaks improves flexibility, lowers your risk of obesity, and reduce fatigue.
  • Practice eating mindfully. when enjoying your meal make sure you’re present. Challenge yourself for the week to put away any and all distractions, while you enjoy your meals away from your workstation.
  • Lace-up and go! getting in at least 30 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning will boost your serotonin levels, which will provide your body the energy it needs to help you focus better throughout the day. It’s also an easy way to improve your metabolism to help manage your weight 
  • H20 is the way to go! grab a glass of water and stay hydrated. Hydration will improve your cognitive function and energy levels. The adult body is made up of approximately 60% water. Often just proper hydration will get you going on a Monday morning or anytime you feel sluggish. My tip for you is to start each day with a large glass of water. Before you eat or drink anything else make sure you hydrate. My clients notice a definite boost in energy levels and clarity of thought as they integrate water into their day!

Let me know what you do to overcome the Monday blues, comment below with some tips and tricks that have worked for you!

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