How bad are we talking here? Do you feel uninspired? Or full blown shlumpy?
I get both versions of the Monday blues, particularly as the winter descends.
If you think you can fight them…
If it’s a lack of inspiration and a touch of the grey-morning fed-ups, then you could try crushing the blues under the weight of positivity.
- To renew your faith in humans, find someone inspiring and determined then listen to them speak. TED is a great place to start- any of one of their 25 most popular talks will do the trick. Or, if you want to be cocooned in fierceness and intelligent observations about culture while you work, the Refinery29 ‘Strong Opinions, Loosely Held’ podcast is great.
- Which leads me to my next recommendation, now that you are feeling more hopeful- get angry, GET REALLY RILED UP. There’s nothing like a rant about something that winds you up to regain your confidence. If possible, find someone to rant to: call a friend, or your mother, whatsapp your partner scrollably long messages, lean over a colleague’s desk until they want to return to their emails. One of my favourite harangues is about Taylor Swift, whose fake sweetness, vicious behaviour, talentless music and dangerously old-fashioned, misogynist public image, I can’t stand. Can you tell?
- Confidence regained, I listen to some BIG music. Bon Jovi. Go.
- I’m feeling better. I can make THE to-do list, the list that will rule the week with an iron fist. I put something quick and easy at the top, do it, cross it off. Keep going. Monday Blues crushed.