Self-care To Beat Monday Blues For Working Professionals
Do your Mondays make you want to end your week as soon as it begins? Monday blues are common but there’s no reason to let it get you down! We are soothing your Monday Blues with these self-care rituals you can swear by.
Monday—a word that can conjure up dread and anxiety doesn’t receive the most love. It all comes down to whether we are ready for it or not.
But just like Fridays can energise you for the upcoming weekend, Mondays can fill you with drive and motivation to excel. Read on to know little tips and tricks to hack those terrible Monday Blues.
Are Monday blues real?
According to a 2021 study by Lehigh University’s College of Business (USA), Monday blues are, “a let-down feeling that comes with returning to work after a weekend.”
Another 2020 study published in the American Journal of Hypertension stated that “Many workers suffer a significant increase in blood pressure as they return to the office after the weekend. Workers are not happy to return to work on Mondays because they’re about five days away from the next weekend.”
The research concluded that, “Hypertension is associated with a greater risk of heart attack or stroke, and these results explain why there are more heart attacks on Mondays compared to the rest of the week.”
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Start the week off right with self-care
While we all agree Monday can be challenging, dreading it can only make it worse. Here are five selfcare Monday tricks to beat those blues away!
1. Embrace Dopamine Dressing
Dopamine dressing means wearing clothes you love. It has the power to influence your mood.
According to a 2012 study by University of Hertfordshire there is a strong link between clothing and mood, suggesting that people should wear certain clothes brightly coloured accessories or pieces with heartwarming backstories. This can help improve mood and make one feel empowered. Wearing fierce, fabulous and bold colors can be just the lift you need.
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2. Indulge in skincare rituals
According to a 2021 analysis by L’Oréal (Paris) states, skincare and massages go hand in hand. It studied how skin care rituals impact on our daily life. Traditional massage techniques with massagers like jade stone roller or an amethyst Gua Sha penetrates the circulation of blood, and soothes the skin.
3. Inhale your favourite scent
Your favourite fragrance may be just the boost you need. According to a study on Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychology by National Library of Medicine (USA), the aroma components from natural products have been used for mental, spiritual and physical healing since the beginning of recorded history.
In aromatherapy, fragrance substances (aroma/odour/scent) from various natural sources have been used for the treatment of various disorders. Whether it's the lavender haze or the woody amber tones of your perfume, a stroll through a bakery shop, or relaxing with a collection of aromatic lemongrass candles, your favourite scent can bring you all the delight you need.
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4. Vibe in to your favourite music
Music uplifts your emotions within seconds. Let it be the sound of waves or a cat purring, an uplifting song or birds chirping, amusing sounds can be a great tool for uplifting your mood.
5. Gather your motivation
Collecting motives or writing them down can help you organise your ideas at work. As they say, a writer’s pen can be mightier than a sword. Words can reflect your emotions. Putting your ideas into words and writing them down can help you organise your thoughts and improve mental clarity.
If you don't like writing, leave yourself some sticky notes with motivational quotes to get you through the day.
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6. Take a warm shower before bed
Once you’re done with the whole day, take a warm shower before bed. Honor your body by giving your head a nice scrub. Use items you love to wash your hair. You are now clean, fresh, and prepared for whatever comes next.
Taking a hot bath will help you in your sleep cycle. Getting enough sleep ensures less work fatigue or burnout faced by most working professionals on a Monday. Sleep is crucial to stay healthy and also for your Monday self-care regime.
Navigating those Monday blues with these tricks will save you from becoming mentally exhausted and ensure a better start to the new week.
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