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Monday Sucks! Here are 10 Ways to Make it Suck Less

I don’t generally hate Mondays, but I do have to admit that it’s my least favorite day of the week. Going back to the 6 a.m. alarm, stumbling around while I try to wake up, yawning profusely; none of these things are fun to me. And before you tell me to get more sleep, let me please inform the audience that even after a full night of sleep I still feel like death on Monday morning.

Chances are you’ve also felt like that on a Monday. So while catching a quick nap at work would be amazing, it’s probably not going to happen. Instead, try one of these ten tips to make your Monday a touch more bearable

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1. Make a playlist with Monday songs. There are many songs with the word “Monday” in the title. Try “Manic Monday” by the Bangles or “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas and the Papas.

2. Tell your cubicle neighbor about all the interesting things you did this weekend. Didn’t do anything cool? Pretend that you did.

3. Play some of your guilty pleasure, upbeat music on the way to work.

4. Nothing breaks the Monday monotony like looking at hilarious clip art. Check out these hilarious and horrifying clip art gems.

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5. Treat yourself to an extra candy bar. If you’re dieting, let Monday be your splurge day. If you’re going to feel miserable today, don’t let your lack of carbs take you down, too.

6. CAFFEINE. There’s no shame in an extra latte. If coffee isn’t your thing, indulge in another mug of green or black tea. Drinking anything that’s colder or hotter than room temperature will snap you out of the doldrums.

7. Get out of the building and take a walk during your lunch. Nothing helps the Monday blues like some vitamin D-rich sunlight. Exercise also pumps up your endorphins and gives you a chance to either vent your frustration or finally wake up. If you can’t pull yourself away for that long (or if it’s too cold), then just take a quick pop outside to fill your lungs with some fresh air.

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8. Think of how much awesome TV is on Monday nights. There’s Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Dancing with the Stars… There are also the occasional football or basketball games, depending on the season.

9. Eat breakfast. Seriously, you’re never too busy or in too much of a rush to skip your morning meal. Breakfast is essential when you need to focus on surviving Monday.

10. Look forward to something that you can only get once Monday is over. It can be a Kit Kat, happy hour, or even next Friday. Just create a mental goal for yourself.

And above all, remind yourself that it can’t be Monday forever.

Do you do any of these to make it through Monday? Any other tips you’d like to share?


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  1. Eric

    #6! #6! #6! #6! #6! #6! #6! #6! #6! #6! #6!

    If that fails, #7 is also a personal go-to.

    Bonus for making actual use of time spent doing #4 by making it clip art for this post…if only there was a way to work in an alien with a penchant for literature who has a side job babysitting infant pterodactyls. Shucks.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I tried really hard to work that guy in, but alas. Hopefully one of my future blogs will lend itself to ridiculous clip art.

  2. Rachel

    I love that while I was reading this, all of us in the surrounding cubicles were doing #2! (Except for the being stuck up part, of course–we’re all awesome.)

    I find that looking forward to something later in the day or later in the week is particularly helpful to get me through some of the rougher Mondays. These were all great tips, Mandy–thanks!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      No problem, Rachel!

      I’ve already done many of the things on this list, and I imagine that I will have done all of them by the eat of the work day. 🙂

  3. Jeff

    This post reminds me of Monday Night Football’s awesome commercials. If you’ve seen them you know what I’m talking about. If not, enjoy…

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I haven’t seen these before. But I imagine that many of the shows/channels I watch don’t lend themselves to the Monday Night Football demographic. Regardless, they are hilarious and I sympathize with the poor guys.

    • Amanda

      Those are some awesome commercials Jeff! Thanks for sharing. =)

  4. amy

    I love this post Mandy, awesome job!!

    Typically #3 is my Monday ritual. Anything upbeat, fast, and has a high level of trashiness is the only way I can avoid falling asleep at the wheel on my commute. #8 gets me through the 3 o’clock doldrums, especially since tonight’s Castle episode looks soooo good!! I’m hoping for a chat about that on Tuesday 😉 Super stuff Mandy!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Oh man, don’t get me started on how awesome Castle looks tonight. I’m hoping that since Disney owns Marvel now, there will be multiple references to actual super heroes.

      #3 is also something I try and do every week. Unless I’m too distracted to focus on changing music.

  5. Cindy Biter

    Love the article! And just fyi, Egg McMuffins are only 300 calories!! Been on my “diet list” forever!!! Great food, yummy taste and best of all, no guilt!!!

    P.S. Like my page on FaceBook, “Southwest Professional Recruiting” Thanks! And, HAPPY MONDAY!!!!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Happy Monday, Cindy, and thanks for stopping by!

      I’m trying to maintain a lower sugar intake diet, so with only 3 grams of sugar in the Egg McMuffin, I’ve become a new fan.

  6. Bret Bonnet

    The worst kind of a Monday is a Monday after a Chicago Bear’s football loss.

    I hate you Green Bay!

  7. Melissa

    Good stuff!

    What are these “football games” that you speak of?

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      No idea. I just googled “things to watch on TV monday night” and they popped up. Your guess is as good as mine. 🙂

  8. Jen

    I’ve done a few things on this wonderful list already this morning. I drank a tall cup o’ coffee, with extra sugar, so now I’m on a caffeine kick and sugar high! Awesomenessss! And I ate a delish Blueberry Bagel.

    Another great way to keep me going on Monday is rocking out to Lady GaGa and Missy Elliott!!! Fabulous suggestion!!!!

    Great post Mandy!!!! Woohooo! (sorry it’s the sugar) LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Hahaha. It might be a lot of sugar, but at least you’re up and ready to take on the Monday! I mean, look at all of those smiley faces!

  9. Joseph Giorgi

    Nice tips, Mandy! I’m actually a big fan of #10. People tend to forget how important it is to set mental goals — especially ones that can only be reached after a certain period of time.

    When I find myself with a case of the Mondays, I remind myself that there’s bound to be something cool to watch on TV when I get home or that there’s gonna be something hilarious to read online.

    It’s the little things in life, I suppose… 😀

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I generally use #10 to motivate myself, with a little mix of #8. Though I also grant you that last Monday I think I did just about every single thing on this list.

      And you’re right, it is the little things. 🙂

  10. Amanda

    Great post Mandy! I rely on all of your tips from time to time. Listening to music is a perfect #1–there’s nothing like some good, upbeat tunes to keep ya going.

    Staying busy is another one I might add–because if you’re busy all day, and not checking the clock constantly, 5pm is bound to come sooner.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      It’s so true! I was really busy today, and today has freaking flown by! (Not that I’m complaining, mind you. All Mondays should go this quickly!)

  11. Jill Tooley

    Killer list! #1, #3, #6, and #8 usually make Mondays pass by quicker than anything else. Actually, music and caffeine tend to get me through any rough patch! 😉

    Free writing is a good Monday stress reliever for me as well. It may not work for people who don’t enjoy writing, but it gets my brain juices flowing!!

    I had a mental image of Friday being brutally slaughtered by a teenage Rebecca Black – HA! Sorry for laughing at your misfortune, Friday, but it’s a funny thought.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      #8 seems to be my new method of coping, but I think that’s because fall TV finally came back. Year round, I’ll always fall back on #3 and #6. In fact, I generally fall back on #6 a lot.

      It’s going to be a long time before Friday can shake its association with Rebecca Black. Poor Friday.

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