5 tips to fix the ‘Monday blues’

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


WITH the family, we try our best to make Sunday night sort of “momentous.” Whether it’s watching old films or eating out, the siblings all grew up wanting to score a perfect 10 every Sunday night when it came to having some fun. It was our way of trying to address the dreaded “Monday blues” that awaited us. We wanted to end the week with a bang.

Personally, there are a lot of things and circumstances I’d prefer to skip every Monday morning:

Alarm clocks. Terrible screechy ones.

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• The sound of plates prepared on the table for an early breakfast.

• The commotion that involves people rushing about because they’re already late for something.

Then the bonus rounds:

• The sound of drilling and hammering done at a nearby construction site.

• Dogs!

• The morning news on any sort of medium; whether from the media or my own mom.

The feeling is real, as I’m writing this on a Monday with the hopes that this article might serve as some mental therapy as well. This right here is a writing spar-session, a wordy workout; I want to try weaving, ducking and practicing those punch lines.

Anyway, whatever the reason people have for having their own little issues with “Mournday,” here’s a little collection of suggestions to turn it around.

Make Sundays special. Find as a way to celebrate, or to reward yourself after the working week. Go out with family or friends, eat somewhere, head on a road trip somewhere—it doesn’t matter what you choose to do, just as long you enjoy it (and perhaps legal). But please, don’t party ‘til the break of dawn if you’re to report for work early the next morning. Sleep happy, wake up happy.

Sleep well. Well, there are many factors to sleeping “happy.” Besides having spent a fun day, make sure the environment for sleeping is perfect as well. Make sure your bed and bedroom looks and feels like a rip-off of paradise. Get that good rest you deserve.

Get a lot of sun on Mon. Some scientific studies state that people are more likely to be up and about with a little dose of sunshine. It’s good to start things on the right foot. So when Mondays come about, make sure you open your windows and allow some sunlight to brush against your cheeks to wake you up.

At work, some of us are stuck in the office, seated the whole day, thus our exposure to sunlight is minimal. So try to walk out on breaks. Try to feel the sunlight on your face. Embrace the tropical heat and breathe in the good vibes.

Pick a good alarm sound. Some of us are inherent masochists. I was close to throwing my brother’s tablet once because it went berserk—at four in the morning—and that for me to switch it off; I had to answer not one, not two, but four mathematical equations. And it were multiplication problems with double digit numbers!

I understand the concept that some people need a little push in getting up. But the flip side is obvious; the first mood you’ll be experiencing for the day is being annoyed. You’re awake at the expense of a headache.

Why not go for something, soothing? I know it beats the purpose of an “alarm” in the first place. But what about setting up a good song you like to wake you up?

Good breakfast. All of these suggestions are “related” so far if you’ve noticed. You party late, you sleep anywhere that doesn’t have a body on it, a stupid alarm wakes you up, you get up late and rush to the office.

And then you totally skip breakfast. Not be a bright idea.

It is widely regarded that breakfast is one of the more important meals in the day.

If there is a way you can have a good (and healthy) meal at the start of the day, chances are you’ll love the next eight to 12 hours that’s coming your way.

Here’s a little bonus tip. Despite everything mentioned, it’s good to have a do-list when you get up for Mondays. It’s nice to end the day knowing you’ve ticked off a few items on the list. Getting a productive Monday may set you up for the rest of the week.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 18, 2014.

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