Mondays suck so damn hard. Hell, I don't even work a standard Monday to Friday, nine to five job and even I hate waking up on the first day of the week. I'll admit, sometimes I'll stay up all night on Sunday working just so I can sleep through the majority of Monday, but I get that that's neither healthy, or overly realistic. Whatever, some people go to counselling sessions to solve their problems, I go to bed. Buuut when getting under the sheets isn't an option, these little tricks and here for you. I'm here for you. We can do this.
Make a list about everything you're excited/happy about
I don't say this because I'm a really peppy, positive Powerpuff girl, I say this because I'm pretty much the exact opposite, and sometimes it's good to force yourself into being a little bit more chirpy in the mornings (even if you secretly want to kill every person that comes into your path before 11am - not that I ever feel like that or anything..cough). I guess this works purely because, if you start your day off happy, it'll probably continue that way too. It doesn't have to be a list on paper either - in fact I've gotten so good at forcing myself into being a happy human (seriously, who actually wakes up as one of those naturally?) that I actually run through everything I'm happy about whilst boiling the kettle.
Stop living for the weekend
If you dread waking up on a Monday morning it's probably because your day (or even your week) isn't going to be filled with the most enjoyable things ever. I get it, days off are days when you can do whatever you want, but just because you're working 9-5 (or whatever hours!) it doesn't mean you can't do a little something when you get a spare hour or two. If you fill your week up with things you actually look forward to doing, Mondays won't seem so bleak.
Use Monday as a fresh start
I fully beat myself up over not having a productive day, but more so when it's a Monday. For me, Mondays are a time when I wake up with the sole intention of kicking ass. If I get my week off to a good start, it'll hopefully end that way too. Sure, it's easy to forget about it all and binge-watch Netflix for eight hours straight, but that doesn't really achieve all that much in the grand scheme of things. I wrote a blog post all about how to be more productive, so feel free to give it a read if you find yourself lacking a bit on the motivation side of things.
Prepare everything the night before
I always used to do this before going to school, and it worked so, so well. Before I went to bed on a Sunday night (or any night!) I would always half-pack my lunch and lay all of my clothes out for the following day. It meant there were two less things I had to do in the morning, and it also meant I didn't have to stress about what I was going to wear that day. Since most of my work uniform is centred around pyjamas these days, thankfully I'm able to cut that out of the equation entirely.
Go to bed earlier on Sunday
A tired person is a moody person, there's no two ways about it. Since you're going to have to get up on Monday regardless, try squeezing a few extra minutes (or hours!) into your slumber the night before. Once you get yourself into a consistent sleeping pattern you'll start finding it easier and easier to wake up in the morning. Yeah..I still haven't mastered that last bit, but I'm working on it (just not any time soon).
Eat your favourite breakfast
I was always 'that' person that skipped breakfast. I would wake up late, grab a cup of coffee and leave for work, then by 10am I'd be a combination of tired Steph, hangry Steph and caffiene-come-down Steph. Neither of those Steph's are ones you want to meet. Now? I eat pastries, loads of em. Granted, it's not the most healthy breakfast option, but it makes me feel a lot better about getting up out of bed in the morning. Obviously it's better to maybe eat a balanced, healthy breakfast, but if you wanna eat crap on Monday (maybe not literally, although if you feel so inclined..) then you go and eat crap on Monday.
Exercise your ass off
I have this love/hate relationship with the gym. I love being there, and I love how I feel afterwards (and I love that it allows me to eat millions of pastries for breakfast), buuuut I absolutely detest the moments leading up to going there. Unfortunately there is no trick to getting over that,
Include 'fun things' in your daily to do list
You do have a to do list, right? Oh thank God. i thought for a minute you were one of 'those' people that didn't plan every waking moment of their day. Crisis averted. Either way, list or not, things probably have to be done that day, so try breaking up your day with little tasks that are either super easy to do, or really quite nice to do. I genuinely put 'shower' at the top of most of my to-do lists. Not because I regularly forget to maintain personal hygiene, but because it means that within a few minutes of waking up I've already managed to cross something off my list.
How do you get over your Monday morning blues?