Relax, it’s only Monday

Monday. It’s an easy day to hate, given that for most of us it signals the end of the weekend and the beginning of the working week. What’s worse is that sometimes our hatred for Monday spills over into Sunday, filling us with dread and negativity and spoiling the last little bit of our hard-earned time off.

But when you really think about it, is it actually Monday that stinks or could it be something else that’s bothering you?

In the words of Ricky Gervais, “Monday’s are fine, it’s your life that sucks.” Somewhat harsh perhaps, but there is definitely some truth in this statement. Spending Sunday hating on Monday because you hate your job or tiresome colleagues is not only a waste of what remains of your weekend, but also of your energy, and to some degree, your life in general.

Since realising this, Monday has fast become my favourite day of the week. I like to look at it like a little mini New Years Day every week: a chance to start fresh, to reset and re-evaluate what the actual f*ck I’m doing with my life. On Monday’s I like to plan and get organised, and to do everything I can to set myself up for a great week, both mentally and physically.

Sounds all too easy doesn’t it? Well it kind of is. Even if you do legitimately have the worst job/boss/whatever in the world there are still a few ways in which to make Monday slightly more tolerable. I strongly believe that with a little mindset reset, you too can learn to love the day that everyone seems to hate. And here’s a few ideas to get you started:

Enjoy your Sunday: Try not to let what’s inevitably looming on the horizon cloud your time off – it’s precious! Why waste today worrying about tomorrow.

Reset your mind: After all, it’s not Monday’s fault he fell into the firing line. Consider thinking of it as a chance for a fresh start – an opportunity to be had, rather than a punishment.

Find time to exercise: I’m no fitness fanatic, but I do know one thing for sure: your physical health directly impacts your mental health. Why not try and squeeze in a workout (that you enjoy) at the start of your week? With a bit of luck you’ll feel vibrant, recharged and ready to tackle anything.

Treat yourself: If it’s work that sucks, lock in something fun to finish off your day – a piece of cake and coffee with a friend, a yoga class, dinner and a movie – whatever rows your boat. A little treat goes a long way in making you feel good, and also gives you something to look forward to on the regular.

Assess and make changes: If despite your best efforts Monday is still making you miserable, it might be time to really assess what’s causing you grief and make a change. Small changes can make a big difference to your state of mind, and sometimes even just the simple act of thinking about a change can in itself make you feel more positive.

All that said, however, there are no guarantees in life and I’m not about to start dishing them out. It may turn out that no amount of positive thinking is going to change your perception of the dreaded Monday. If that’s the case, I’d suggest a very large glass of wine and a nice early night. You can always try to love Tuesday instead, right?