Coffee and Heels Vs the Monday Blues

A new week is here! A fresh new start...right?

When my alarm went off this morning, my first thought was nopleasenonotagainsomebodykillmewhyohwhyohnooooo (and I have one of those lovely, tender, guitar-strumming alarms, not an annoying, angry-sounding beepbeepBEEP thingie). While brushing my teeth and trying to come to grips with facing a new week, I asked myself, why do we hate Mondays so much?

As the song says, "just another manic Monday" is an abrupt wake-up call to bring us down to Earth after two days of sofa-lounging, movie-watching, junk-eating, over-shopping, over-drinking, over-sleeping, over-everything. Monday morning is like that annoying teacher who called you back in from break in second grade, announcing that the fun's over, it's time to go back to acting serious and dedicated (and fast-forward 20 years or so, that often means staying awake and alert at work, eating sensibly, and drinking water instead of Pina Coladas). But are Mondays really all work and no play? Do we have to turn off the fun and frivolous side of our brains and become dreary, colorless beings until it's Friday night again?

Sure, as you drag yourself out of bed a pitch-black January morning, the Monday blues may seem incurable, but remember that Mondays also represent a brand-new start, a chance to make a clean slate and start fresh with your dreams and goals. All those things you didn't get done last week? Here's your chance to wipe the page clean.
And, why not, make Monday a bit more fun. Here's how:

1. Give yourself a tiny treat. 
I do my weekly magazine shopping on Mondays! That way I know that when I'm done with the first work day of the week, I can look forward to a night on my couch with a cup of green tea, a square of dark chocolate, and the new ELLE. If that's not luxury, then I don't know what is.

2. Write your to-do list for the week.
 Get your planner, your smartphone, whatever you prefer, and write down all the things you'd like to get done this week, from "pay my phone bill" to "order that cute dress I saw online." Start off the week in an organized manner and it'll feel much easier to approach.

3. Pamper yourself.
I often do my manis and pedis on Monday nights. Take a bath, try a new nail polish, give yourself a facial...start the week looking your best!

4. Make yourself a lovely dinner or a yummy lunch box.
While you're at the supermarket (because surely everyone does the grocery shopping on Mondays?), check out something new to make for dinner. Make Mondays your try-new-things-for-dinner night and go crazy in the kitchen. Or just make yourself a nice lunch to bring to work! My latest project: tofu and spinach pie.

5. Do something for the world.
I donate (a teeny bit of) money, write protest letters to nasty fur-sellers and sign petitions. Every day, but more so on Mondays, just to feel I'm starting off the week with a kick-ass change-the-world attitude (even if I wish I could do more!).

...and before you know it, it's Friday again!

What are your best tips on beating the Monday blues?

picture from Pinterest.


  1. Great post! Definitely agree, mondays give me the blues too.
    Love all these ideas on how to brighten them up!

    The Urban Umbrella


  2. I think I am the only person who actually loves Mondays, really! I just like the fact that an amazing and brilliant new week is about to start and that you can leave behind everything :)
    ps. Congrats for your tumblr!

  3. Vilka bra tips! Jag brukar alltid vakna lite extra tidigt på måndagar och avnjuta en god frukost utan stress!

  4. Bisognerebbe davvero tatuarselo questo proposito, ma soprattutto seguirlo! ;-)


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