April 26, 2010

Monday Blahs

Now don't be a liar. I know you've felt it too. And if you didn't-- I really don't know what to think... Because I am 99% positive that at some point in their lives, EVERYONE wakes up with the Monday Blahs.

This is today's problem. I am going to solve this issue. Clear it away before it becomes an infectious disease that I spread to the world.

Upon further research, I discovered a PDF file dedicated to this sole purpose. Getting rid of your Monday Blahs. I shall share the ideas presented in said article:

1.On Fridays-- pat yourself on the back. (Now, don't you just feel like Rocky? A true champion?) Think about what you did to make a difference that week. (Well, I missed this boat-- since it's already Monday)
2. Write a "To Do" list for next Monday-Friday (yes, because I just love thinking about everything I have to do in the future... And-- oops-- I missed the boat on this one as well)
3. Stay present on Sundays-- don't dwell on the next day. (Missed it again-- drat!)
4. On Sundays take a "gratitude" walk (Not sure what this means-- but I picture someone walking along, pondering, glancing up into the sky, muttering under their breath, and generally looking INSANE)
5. On Monday set your alarm a little earlier (What?!?) and wake up early to focus on what kind of person you want to be today (probably a grumpy one because of the early time).

Ok-- so this article was chocked full of (crazy) ideas to help you be rid of Monday blahs. My only problem? Most of these things have to happen a few days before Monday. So what do you do when it IS Monday-- and you need some help? Here is MY advice. Not to be confused with the crazy psychobabble of the other author:

1. Drink at least 2 cups of coffee upon waking (or at least enough to give you a caffeine high). This will make you feel crazy hyper. Like you can conquer the world! Woooo! (I'm on cup 2, in case you haven't noticed)
2. Try doing a few situps or pushups. Now-- I know you're like "exercise?!? What?!?" Let me get down and try-- hold on-- Ok-- 10 pushup later. I am crazy lightheaded-- and a little out of breath (and, yes, those were girly pushups). But I feel a little better about Monday. A good way to handle anxiety and stress. And get the blood pumping. Try it.
3. Find a small task you can accomplish that morning. This will make you feel like a champ. Like, "Today I will brush my teeth. Because I am awesome." And then-- DO IT!!! You will totally win every time and start to feel major accomplished.
4. Read something stimulating online. A news article. My blog. Facebook status quotes. It will get your brain working. And you might learn something to pass on to others...
5. Put on some music and have a dance. I am not kidding. Here I go-- And-- done! Today's dance was brought to you by Madonna/Justin Timberlake and their song "4 Minutes". (Small confession-- I only made it halfway because I started getting coffee induced heart burn-- but some dancing is better than none!)
6. Check the weather. It may sound goofy-- but nothing ruins a perfect day like unexpected weather conditions (Example: Oh-- today I'll wear a skirt-- what? The wind is blowing 25 mph? And it's too late to change? Oh great-- what a bummer)
7. Find a mantra. Repeat to yourself. It could be as simple as, "Today is great. I love Monday." Mine is going to be from How I Met Your Mother, curtesy of Barney, "Whenver I feel sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story." A simple quote that makes you laugh or feel better about life will surely help get rid of the Monday Blahs.
8. Keep your eye on the prize. AKA: The next weekend (yay!)
9. Remember you are never alone with your Monday Blahs. Everyone feels it-- even those super chipper, crazy happy people that you want to punch in the face.
10. If all else fails-- call in sick and go back to bed. My whole life I've wanted to try this... Maybe someday...

Well, I hope my ideas helped-- or at least the ideas of that crazy lady. The first step is to try something. Don't just stand there complaining like a jerk-- because no one appreciates it. And we don't appreciate you spreading your "Blahs" to the world. True Story.

3 comments:

  1. Your ideas are so much better than the loonacy the other woman was spewing. A gratitude walk? The image you came up with is the same on that popped into my head when I read that... :)

    I've actually done some of these this morning. Although, I have to admit that my blahs are a daily thing, not just a Monday thing. I feel pretty purposless without a job. So unless I can make myself try, I can get beat down with the blahs. Coffee- check. Exercise- next on my list. Small task- I've got a little list of small tasks to accomplish before Stephen gets home at 230. I'm about halfway through, so check. Stimulating online reading -I've been checking the web this morning. Your blog is one of my favorite reads! So check. Put on music and dance- well I've had iTunes on for the last hour or so, and when I've been walking, it's been more of a jive than a plain walk, so I'm counting that as a check. Check the weather- check. Find a mantra- check! Mine is the Barney one (it ususally is. Did you stalk my convo with K and steal it? If so, this is part of why I love you. We just get each other. If not, I still love you, because we are so on the same wavelength!)Keep eye on the prize- Stephen coming home is the prize. Weekends have ceased to mean much. So check. Remember I'm not alone- I've got you and you know EXACTLY how I feel, so check! I can't really apply number 10. But I think 9 is a good start!
    I will be applying this tips to my morning routine. Because a happy Heather is an upper, not a bummer. You make me smile and your witty wisdom keeps my mood upper!

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  2. Confession: sometimes I do dance around to music in the morning....and afternoon...and at night...even if it's not monday.

    I like to pretend I can dance! *sigh*

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  3. Very funny post, Anna. Kudos. My only problem is that I don't have enough time to do all these things Monday morning. Maybe if I woke up earlier, but like you pointed out, that makes me grumpy.

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