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Beat the Monday Blues

[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou know the drill: you are happy to finish work on Friday and hit the town (clubs, restaurants or a dinner party with friends, depending on your age/lifestyle); then you spend Saturday getting over Friday night and doing some house work (if you are up for it), and then it’s Sunday.

[pull_quote_center]That’s the weekend gone. It’s already Monday morning and you are already dreading it.[/pull_quote_center]

Even if your routine is slightly different to the one above, you are still likely to feel the Monday Blues. Don’t let that ruin your workout and your day. Here’s how to turn it to your advantage.

GET YOUR GYM BAG READY 

If you are anything like me, you will have an empty gym bag and a pile of gym clothes waiting to be ironed. Scrap that. Have an early dinner on Sunday and spend the evening ironing your gym (and work) clothes. To make the time pass quicker, get one of the music channels on the TV.

You could watch a film but I find it difficult to concentrate on the ironing and watch a film at the same time. I think it’s to do with multitasking and men 🙂

[quote_center]When you are done with the ironing, get your gym bag ready.[/quote_center]

GO TO BED EARLY

You’ll probably feel like going to bed early anyway but if you don’t – go to bed early. Even if you don’t feel “sleepy”, take a magazine or a book and read before you go to sleep. Try to avoid watching TV in bed or checking pictures on Instagram.

The blue-spectrum light emitted from your gadgets affects the melatonin flow (the hormone necessary for sleep). It makes you more alert and disturbs your sleep.

GET UP EARLY AND GO TO THE GYM

Easier said than done but that’s exactly what you need to do. Get up really early on Monday morning, have a large glass of water (I put a slice of lemon in it), a quick cup of coffee and a banana with a protein shake, and go to the gym.

[quote_box_center]I have a session with my personal trainer on Monday mornings. It’s the most demanding workout of the week for me but despite that, I feel much more energised and ready to start the week.[/quote_box_center]

I promise you that going to the gym early on a Monday morning and doing a good workout, will lift you up and prepare you for the week ahead.

NOW YOU ARE READY TO FACE MONDAY (AND THE WEEK AHEAD)

Have a shower, put some clean clothes on, have a big breakfast and start the day. You will be full of endorphins which will drown any reminders of the Monday Blues in your brain.

[quote_center]You will feel happy, uplifted and ready to start your Monday on a high.[/quote_center]

It doesn’t really take all that much to eliminate the negativity and the downs that come with that “Monday feeling”. Preparation and anticipation is the key to beating the Monday Blues.

[quote_box_center]If you turn all of the above into your Sunday evening/Monday morning routine, you are set to become a happier person, ready to achieve things. Try it.[/quote_box_center]