It’s Monday and let’s face it. For most people with a steady job, Monday’s suck. It’s not just that the weekend is over. It’s the longest possible time between you and next weekend. Logistically speaking, it’s as bad a day as you can have that doesn’t involve going to the dentist.
I certainly felt that way about Mondays. I still do on occasion, but it was a lot worse when I was in high school. I know I belabor how much I hated high school, but it’s still worth emphasizing. I was always miserable, depressed, and despondent on Mondays. I was also insufferable to be around. I know because other people, including friends and family, told me that on multiple occasions.
Over time, I got tired of being that guy. I hated being the person people actively avoided on Mondays. The only thing that makes misery worse is spreading it to others. It can quickly become a self-reinforcing cycle in which everyone suffers. Nobody deserves that.
As such, I decided to change my attitude. It didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took years. It didn’t really become noticeable until after I graduated college, but I cannot overstate how beneficial it was. If you can change your attitude on how miserable you are on Monday, then a whole lot of other challenges become less daunting.
With that in mind, I’d like to share a few tips on how to make Mondays better. Whether you’re working, in school, or retired, I encourage everyone to try making the least liked day of the week just a bit less miserable. Life is hard enough. We don’t need to go out of our way to make certain days even harder.
Tip #1: Be as positive as you can, even if you have to fake it.
Tip #2: Surround yourself with people who are positive or try to be that person within a group.
Tip #3: Start the day doing something you enjoy to boost your mood or try something new that does the same.
Tip #4: Treat yourself to a breakfast that’s bigger and more filling than you usually have.
Tip #5: Wear your favorite clothes that make you feel attractive and confident. Looking good helps you feel good.
Tip #6: Listen to music that’s loud, energetic, and upbeat on a high volume.
Tip #7: Do, watch, or listen to something that makes you laugh. It really is the best medicine.
Tip #8: Don’t look at clocks or keep track of time. Try and lose yourself in the day.
Tip #9: Talk to people and have simple conversations, but avoid topics that involve how much you hate Mondays.
Tip #10: Watch videos like this to put you in a better mood.
If you have other tips, please share them in the comments. The more we have to make Mondays less miserable, the better.