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Mondays suck. We can help.

Ahhh, weekends. Two days of fun, relaxation & the opportunity to take your mind off your work hustle. Unfortunately, the joy of weekends is short-lived & often immediately followed by the Monday blues.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have an adventurous weekend & still be ready to take on anything work throws your way Monday morning using these easy tips.

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HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

First things first, you need to take care of your body. Let's be honest: many twenty-somethings do a little bit of drinking over the weekend. Pair that with sleep deprivation & general exhaustion & your body will be too busy recovering Monday when you should be focusing on your hustle. Even slight dehydration can really affect your mood — & not just any drink will cut it. Chug that H2O and watch your health, your mood & your work improve like magic.

TREAT YO'SELF

If there’s any time for a mini spa day, it’s Sunday night. Grab a sparkly bath bomb, a soothing sheet mask, or a relaxing scented candle & turn up your favorite jams. Stretch out into some yoga poses or settle in for a half our of meditation. Take care of your mind as well as your body so you can be in tip-top shape come Monday morning.

SORT IT OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE

Scrambling to find your keys or those super important notes on your way out the door sets a frenetic tone for the rest of your day. Designate a spot in your house to put your keys, wallet, laptop or anything else you know you'll need & before your head hits your pillow, make sure everything is in one place. That way, when Monday morning rolls around, you won't have to frantically search your house like Gollum searching for his "Precious." Bonus: This also helps you cut down on the time it takes to get ready in the morning, which means MORE SLEEP! Speaking of which...

THE MORE YOU SNOOZE, THE LESS YOU LOSE

Look, we know it’s important to catch the newest episode of Game of Thrones to avoid internet spoilers. We also know the temptation to browse Facebook and Twitter into the wee hours of the morning is definitely not a good idea. Get a reasonable amount of sleep (7 to 8 hours) the night before work & we promise you won’t regret it. 

MOVE INTO MONDAY

When it comes to your weekend activities, you do you. But if you really want to feel great come Monday, work exercise & outdoor activities into your weekend plans. Go for a hike, swim a couple of laps, hit the gym, or just take your dog for a well-deserved walk. Spending extra time outside can improve your mood & your focus, according to the Harvard Health Letter, & performing to your fullest #GIRLBOSS potential.

Ultimately, your Monday is a product of your weekend. Practice good self-care, manage your time wisely, prepare & you'll have no problem making the most of your time at work — after all, Tuesday is just around the corner.

Image 1 by Ban.do. Images 2 & 3 by Pixabay. Image 4 by Yeg Fitness.

How to Ditch Stress as a Status Symbol

A conversation during brunch with your girlfriends can quickly turn into an all-out competition of who is busier. A simple question like, “What have you been up to?” escalates to “I’ve had x projects at work, x dates for lunch and x amount of workout classes to go to.” A phrase that constantly slips out is “I am so busy”. When we’re not busy being stressed we’re busy talking about it. Stress may be the saddest American status symbol but we’re all competing.

A lot of us females are trying to do it all. We are trying to compete with the flawless fitness model on Instagram and excel in our careers. The truth is that we are stretching ourselves too thin. Spin class after work, balancing weekend brunch plans and working from home leaves us feeling pretty frazzled. Being stressed should not equate to being in demand but that’s how we measure it.

Okay, so I admit I have a problem. How do I stop? We’ve got it covered for all you hard working ladies out there.

Learn to say no

First things first! Do no feel compelled to say yes to every project. Sometimes we girl bosses truly take on more projects than we can handle. Although we want to contribute as much as we can at work, home and with friends we have to learn when to say no. Turning down tasks that won’t add anything except stress to your life does not make you weak. At the end of the day, the only one responsible for your own happiness is you.

Take a break

Our minds are not designed to work for hours on end. A great way to break the monotony is to take a walk after lunch, call a loved one or scroll through some of your favorite Pinterest boards. Don’t feel guilty for taking a well-deserved break because it will help productivity in the long run.

Prioritize

By prioritizing tasks you should be able to focus on one project at a time. This way you’re not shocked when you’re about to sink into your bed and remember you have a huge assignment due for work. That’s the worst! Make a list in order of the most important tasks and reel in that accomplished feeling when you check them off. This process should provide some clarity and let your day feel manageable.

Reward yourself

Yay! You completed that huge work project but instead of rewarding yourself like you should your mind is filled with a list of all of the other things you need to accomplish. Instead of self- defeating thoughts you should reward yourself with a short break or some kind of treat. Then get back to work!

Be proud of all the work you’re completing and know you are valuable. No matter how full (or empty) your agenda is.

Photo 1 courtesy of greatist.com. Photo 2 courtesy of Brit+Co.