HuffPo reports people will spend as much as 30 minutes complaining about it being Monday and an overwhelming majority of people start to feel anxious about the start of the week on Sunday night.
Neuropsychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez tells HuffPo, “Monday mornings follow two days of rest and rejuvenation. The weekends are a time when people can relax and take part in activities they truly enjoy. So, when Monday comes, it is essentially a wake-up call that sends people back to reality.”
So how can you take control of your Mondays and alleviate some of that stress and anxiety? Follow these expert tips!
Resist the Urge to Dive Into Unread Emails and Messages
Instead of waking up and grabbing your phone to check your email, Slack messages, and social media feeds, HuffPo's experts suggest avoiding these and allowing yourself to start your day free of these distractions. They suggest having a designated amount of time (maybe 15 minutes) to start your day that is free of screens and devices.
Start Your Day Moving Your Body
Instead of beginning your day with your device, consider starting your day by moving your body. Being active for 30 minutes can help the body release all sorts of feel-good chemicals, which can boost your mood. Get a list of ways you get your body moving from home and tricks on how to stay motivated on your fitness journey.
Practice Gratitude in The Morning
HuffPo suggests writing down 3 things you are grateful for first thing Monday morning in order to reduce your Monday stress. The Doctors share how your anxiety can be eased every day, including on Monday, with a gratitude list.
When You Get Out of Bed, Make It
The experts say making your bed each morning can help you start the day off right and help boost your mood. “Making your bed is a quick and easy way to start your Monday morning off in a productive fashion,” Dr. Hafeez explains. “Treat it as your first ‘to-do’ of the day and feel how satisfied you are after accomplishing something so early in the morning.”
Prep Yourself for a Successful Start of the Week
Avoiding a bad Monday begins with preparing on Sunday, the experts say. If you want to start your Monday with exercise, lay out your workout clothes the night before, or if you want to ensure you make healthy food choices, consider preparing your meals on Sunday. “Pick one thing you’re going to do,” Kim Strobel, a happiness coach, tells HuffPo. “Pick one habit, and you’re going to set yourself physical cues so that your brain gets cues that say this is who you are, and this is how you show up for yourself.”
The Doctors hope you are having a great Monday -- and remember, it's only 4 days until the start of the weekend!