There are two types of tired, I suppose. One is a dire need of sleep, and the other is a dire need of peace.
When I woke up this morning and realized it was Monday, I wanted to crawl back under the covers and pretend it was not Monday. Oh, how I took for granted those months I was home and not working.
“Having the blues” is an expression meaning that you’re feeling sad or mildly depressed. Morning blues or Monday blues is the sad feeling that you’ve got an entire work day, or work week, ahead of you. Ain’t that the truth!
I found several tips online to help beat the Monday blues:
1. Grow Some Green: Keeping a plant on your desk can bring some much-needed life and color into an otherwise dreary workspace. According to research from Washington State University, when people complete computer work in the presence of plants, they report feeling less stressed, and even have lower blood pressure levels than those who don’t have any plants around. And less stress equals more productivity.
2. Take Advantage of Time Off: A lot of people use the weekends as a time to either play catch-up or to get a head start on next week’s to-do list, thinking it’ll make Monday easier. But not necessarily: If you work on the weekend, by Monday you’ll feel like you didn’t have break and dread going back to the office. It’s vital for your physical and mental health to decompress, relax, and have fun on your off days. Allowing yourself to fully recharge will help make it easier to return to work.
3. Smile More: 11:16 a.m.: That’s when the average employee cracks their first smile on Monday, according to a 2011 study from British researchers. But even if it’s forced, it will benefit you to smile a lot sooner. A recent study shows that the mere act of smiling improves peoples’ moods and helps them recoup from stressful events (like heading into work on Monday morning) faster than if they stay straight-faced.
4. Ease Tight Muscles: Most of us experience physical and mental stress at the same time. By eliminating some of the physical stress of sitting hunched over a computer screen all day, you might be able to nix your blues, too.
5. Watch a Cat Video: Research has finally proven what we all know to be true: Watching silly cat videos makes you happy. In a 2015 study, researchers found that watching cat videos can improve your mood and energy levels. And even if you’re YouTubing when you “should” be working, researchers think the mental boost will pay off by making you more productive later on.
My goal for next Monday? Smile much earlier than 11:16 in the morning!