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The definitive guide to beating a case of the Mondays

Ah, a “case of the Mondays”: the much-popularized phrase from the movie Office Space that perfectly describes how every human seems to feel when the weekend comes to a close. Never has there been a more succinct depiction of deplorable, humdrum office life since that movie/phrase. I especially detest Mondays, but over the years, I have created ways to trick myself into tolerating them. If the whole “fake it ’til you make it” doesn’t seem to be working for you this Monday, either, here are just a few tips.

Start preparing on Sunday night

Create a list of goals that you want to accomplish for the week, get your outfit picked out, lunch packed, and do any other prep to make your morning easier.

Do something good for your body—and, indirectly, your mood—on Monday mornings

Get up a little earlier than usual and take a yoga class, workout, or meditate at home for 10-15 minutes. I definitely try to meditate as much as possible—I can be a stress ball and not even know it, and meditating really helps! There is a ton of research that shows significant stress, anxiety, and insomnia reduction from meditating at least 10 minutes a day. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed those suffering from heart disease tried meditation for 16 weeks had a marked improvement in blood pressure and heart rate.

As an alternative, make a smoothie or fresh juice to start your day off right. Organic Gardening and Mind Body Green have some great recipes. We have a standard recipe at our house that includes some major vital nutrients we miss during the day:

1 cup Greek Yogurt or Plain Kefir
3 Medjool Dates
2 tablespoons of Peanut or Almond Butter
1 Banana
1 tablespoons Cacao Nibs or Powder
1-2 tablespoons MCT oil or High Quality Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Flax Seed Powder
Splash of Coconut or Almond milk
(Optional) An Apple or Leafy Green

Save some fun for Monday

Wait until Monday nights to watch your recorded shows from last week, schedule a favorite activity with some friends, or do something indulgent that you don’t have time to do on the weekends and probably wouldn’t do otherwise during the week.

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