There is scientific evidence as to why people hate Monday so much. One reason is that many tend to sleep in on the weekends. Doing so is actually counterproductive to having an energetic Monday morning, according to scientists, because that deviates from weekly sleep patterns.
If Mondays weren’t bad enough, they are also the day of the week you are most likely to have a heart attack or stroke according to this report from The Atlantic.
The start of the work week needn’t be so dreaded. With some planning ahead; a few tweaks to your Monday morning routine; and a mental adjustment, you may begin to look forward to Mondays, viewing them as a fresh, new start of the week—sort of a weekly New Year’s Day, if you will.
Here are seven ways to improve your Mondays:
Prepare for your commute the night before. Fill up your gas tank or add funds to your mass transit card.
Load up iTunes or Spotify with your favorite songs that really get you pumped; create a playlist just for Mondays.
If you use technology to get out of bed in the morning—your smartphone for instance, or an assistant such as Alexa or Google Home—there are soothing alarm tones you can select that won’t jar you from your sleep.
Have your clothes ironed and laid out the day before to reduce your Monday morning tasks.
Prepare and pack your favorite foods over the weekend to take as Monday’s lunch.
Think of a few ideas over the weekend that you can suggest or implement on Monday at work.
If you are on a diet or watching what you eat, make Monday your cheat day to give yourself something to look forward to.
Get a good night’s rest so that you don’t feel lethargic during the day: About 30 minutes before you turn in, shut off the TV and stop using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. The light from the screens has been found to suppress melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.