Shake off the Monday morning misery

Did you know? A recent study has found that up to 48 species have been saved from the brink of extinction since 1993, thanks to conservation efforts.

I think we all need a bit of good news on a Monday morning. The first day of the week really can be a slog but I’ve found a few things to help deal with the dread:

1. Realise it’s not just you

A 2019 study found 81% of people feel anxious in anticipation for the start of a new week. Whatever is worrying you, don’t start having the ‘what am I doing with my life?!’ crisis now. Leave that for when you’re drunk on Saturday – just focus on today and the good things in it.

2. Write it out

Whether it’s on your phone or a piece of paper, quickly jot down:

  • What do you want/ need to do this week?
  • What’s worrying you?
  • One thing you’re grateful for

I’ve found roughly planning my week helps me find things to look forward to and plan when to deal with whatever tasks that might be stressing me out.

3. Talk to someone

You don’t have to talk about your feelings if you don’t want to, but maybe ask someone about their weekend or what they have planned for the week ahead. Small talk can be tiresome but showing interest will boost their spirits and in turn, it might boost yours.

4. Treat yourself

Whether it’s a proper coffee, an early finish from work or a plan to binge-watch Friends when you get home – you deserve it.

5. Don’t be too hard on yourself

Listen to your body and mind. If you’re feeling a certain way, don’t punish yourself. Sometimes no matter what we do, we will have a naff day. It’s okay. And if all you do today is get through it, then I am so proud of you.

Now put on some music and go get ‘em. You can do this.

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