Students can breathe a sigh of relief and know they’ve made it past the worst Monday of the year.
Last Monday, Jan. 21, was apparently proven to be the most depressing day of 2013.
“Blue Monday,” coined by a travel agency, realistically has no proof of being the worst day, but if one factors in weather, the reality of the holidays being over and the fact that most resolutions have been broken, the travel agency might be onto something.
Want some ways to beat the blues this next Monday?
First off, don’t live for the weekends. Dreaming about next Friday night when you’re sitting in your 8 a.m. class will only make you more depressed. Instead, plan something fun for mid-week to look forward to, such as watching your favorite TV show with your housemates or grabbing fro-yo with friends for an evening study break.
Take a hint from grandma and go to bed early on Sunday night. Seven to nine hours of sleep will help you gear up for the school week and not leave you craving for a nap before you even get out of bed Monday morning.
Give yourself some time to eat a healthy breakfast, such as a bowl of oatmeal, some hard-boiled eggs and toast, or blend Greek yogurt and fruit to make a smoothie. Boost your metabolism with a breakfast that will satisfy until lunch, guaranteeing you won’t have morning hunger crankiness in class.
Try hitting up the weight room before class. Those early morning endorphins could help you stay happy and alert all day. You’ll avoid the mid-afternoon rush and you’ll have your choice of cardio equipment. Plus, crank up your music and get pumped up to your favorite songs. Studies find music activates the part of the brain that produces happiness.
If you’re feeling the stress of the week setting in already, take a break. It’s important to prioritize your to-do list, but remember to schedule in some time for yourself. Taking short breaks throughout the day, like a quick walk to break up a study session or doing the crossword instead of staying glued to your computer, can help you refocus and stay more relaxed.
You’ve survived the worst Monday of the year and these tips can help you survive the next 14 Mondays until summer.