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.
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.
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.