On Monday mornings the struggle is real. My sweet dreams are interrupted by a harsh dose of reality delivered in the form of an alarm clock that immediately triggers homicidal urges. Once I talk myself out of killing the alarm (and out of the jail cell), I proceed to carry out my morning in full zombie mode. If I’m lucky, at some point I may actually find a brain, my brain. Until then, I’m basically a walking corpse communicating through grunts and spontaneous head nods, which may indicate that I’m falling back to sleep. Have I mentioned I’m not a morning person?
Unfortunately, I begin work at 6 AM sharp, so my Monday blues and zombie tendencies must be eradicated before I teach that first student. After all, Zombie is not one of the languages I’m paid to teach.
After 2 years of early morning classes, I’ve managed to develop some ways to deal with my struggle on Monday morning. Today I thought I’d share it with all of you other zombies out there.
How to Get Pumped For Monday:
1. Get Ahead of the Game
Lay out your clothes and all your Monday work necessities the night before. That way you won’t have to worry about finding that perfect outfit while you’re still in zombie mode. This will also allow you a little extra snoozing time in the morning.
2. Have a Cup of Coffee
Mondays can be a shock to your system, so taking some quiet time to just sit and enjoy your favorite coffee, tea or juice can help get your mind ready for the day. Plus, it’s always great to take some me-time, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
3. Pump Up the Volume
Make a playlist especially for Monday or just put on a few of your favorite upbeat jams. Sing along as you’re getting ready or when you’re driving to work. Let your favorite tunes set your mood for the day.
4. Dance It Out
While you’re listening to that fantastic Monday playlist, make sure to get your body moving. It’s impossible to be a grump when you’re doing the Dougie or dropping it like it’s hot. And when that 2 o’clock feeling comes around or you hit a bump in the road on your project, take a dance break. It’s guaranteed to drop your stress levels, raise your energy and clear your head. Then you can tackle the rest of the day with a calm and fresh mind.
5. Have Something to Look Forward to
One reason Monday is so horrible is that there’s nothing else to look forward to anymore. The weekend festivities are gone and Friday is another 4 days away. Well, why not make Monday a special day? Pack a special lunch or plan a lunch date with a friend. Head out for drinks after work. Or enjoy a nice long bubble bath with a glass of wine when you get home. If you have something to look forward to, Monday won’t seem so bad.