Got the Monday blues? Many of us feel crabby come Sunday night because we are anticipating Monday’s heavy workload. But failing to prepare for the work week and not taking care of ourselves can cause stress and anxiety- both of which can be terrible for your health. In order to have a healthy mentality and feel better, we need to change our habits and thought processes. Check out these great tips:
1. Don’t Try To Wake Up At The Crack Of Dawn
Some of us try to be superstars on Monday morning by planning to wake up at some ungodly hour to get all of our tasks done. But this can backfire because on Monday our minds and bodies are transitioning from the weekend and we’ll probably be too tired to get up super early and press the snooze a bunch of times.
Here’s the fix: Spend a few extra minutes on Friday before you leave work to write out a to-do list for the following week. This will help to prepare you for Monday, while keeping you sane.
2. Do Something Fun During The Week
I always make a standing date to have dinner with one of my friends every Thursday. This livens up my work week and helps me to feel less stressed because I am balancing out my life. You need to prioritize yourself and not just your work.
3. Don’t Sleep In Too Much On Weekends
When we sleep in too much on weekends we throw off our entire work week schedule. “When you push bedtime and wake-up time later, your body has to shift back from your ‘weekend time zone’ on Mondays,” explains Carl Bazil, M.D., director of the Division of Epilepsy and Sleep at Columbia University.
The fix: even if you go to bed a couple of hours later on the weekends this won’t throw off your sleep schedule. What will, however, is when we go to bed several hours after when we normally do and sleep in until noon. Just don’t wake up at 12 if you normally wake up at 8. If you do go to bed super late on a weekend night, try not to sleep in more than two hours longer than you normally would, even if that means getting less than seven hours of sleep. This way it will be easier to sleep during the week.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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