Did the weekend slip away too quickly? Can't bear to get out of bed and start the long week ahead? Sometimes Mondays can suck and it's hard to get moving after a weekend of Netflix and eating junk food, but here are some tips to get you moving and make Mondays a little less painful.
Go For A Walk
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Whether you've been working all day or binge watching Vampire Diaries all day, you probably need a dose of Vitamin D. Getting up and going outside for a walk, even for just ten minutes, can boost your endorphins and recharge your brain. A study out of Stanford claims that walking can even boost your creativity. So before you chuck your phone/laptop/whatever in a moment of frustration or monotony, get yourself outside and soak in the sunlight for a bit.
Phone A Friend
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Sometimes Monday stress can have us so wrapped up in our own heads that we forget we're even on the same planet as other people. When was the last time you called a friend and asked them how they were doing? Stopping to remember the other people in your world is not only a good self-esteem boost, but it keeps relationships strong, which will make you feel awesome every day of the week.
Have you eaten yet today? Sometimes all it takes to boost your mood and get back in the game is a good meal full of the right stuff to get you back on track. The right combo of proteins, omega fatty acids and carbs can lighten the blues and give you the energy you need to get through the rest of the day. Salmon contains omega 3 fatty acids which may help ease mid-day blues.
Make Fun Plans For The Weekend
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Or the week, whichever your schedule allows. With a full week of work or school ahead of you, the days can seem never-ending. Having something to look forward to can take the edge off a rough day. By the time the weekend rolls around, you'll feel better knowing that in the future, you can make it through whatever comes your way.
Have Some Dark Chocolate
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This one should be easy. Here's the good news about chocolate: eating the dark stuff actually has health benefits. Science has actually proven that eating dark chocolate can reduce stress, elevate your mood and give you a boost of energy. So go ahead and indulge a little.
It's no shocker that a good belly laugh will boost your mood. In fact, scientists have already proven that laughter releases the necessary endorphins to jump start your mood. Kick Monday's butt by grabbing a coffee with your funniest friend or watching your favorite comedy.
What are some of your tips to kick a bad case of the Mondays in the butt? Tell us in the comments below and join the conversation all month long on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by using #makeithappenmay. Let's help each other keep kicking butt!