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  Monday often arrives with a bit of a thud, doesn’t it? After a relaxing or eventful weekend, getting back into the groove of work or school can feel like a mountain to climb. It’s not uncommon to experience what some people call “weekend withdrawal” – that feeling of longing for the leisure and freedom of the past two days. In this article, I’ll share a few simple strategies you can use to tackle weekend withdrawal and the week ahead with renewed energy and motivation.
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  1. Plan Something to Look Forward To

One way to beat the Monday blues is to have something enjoyable lined up for the week. It could be as simple as meeting a friend for lunch, scheduling a fun activity after work, or even planning your next weekend getaway. Having something to anticipate can make Monday feel less daunting.
  1. Ease Into the Week

Instead of diving headfirst into a pile of work on Monday morning, try easing into the week gradually. Start your day with a calming activity like meditation, gentle stretching, or a leisurely breakfast. Then, prioritize your tasks and tackle them one at a time. Breaking down your workload into smaller, manageable chunks can make it feel less overwhelming.
  1. Reflect on the Weekend

Rather than dwelling on the fact that the weekend is over, take a moment to appreciate the good times you had. Reflect on the enjoyable moments, the laughter shared, and the memories made. Gratitude can help shift your focus from what’s gone to what you still have.
  1. Set Attainable Goals

Setting realistic goals for the week ahead can give you a sense of purpose and direction. Break down your objectives into actionable steps and prioritize them based on importance. As you accomplish each goal, celebrate your progress – no matter how small.
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  1. Stay Positive

Maintaining a positive mindset can work wonders for your motivation. Instead of dwelling on Monday blues, focus on the opportunities that lie ahead. Remind yourself of past successes and the potential for growth and achievement in the days to come.
  1. Practice Self-Care

Take care of yourself both mentally and physically throughout the week. Make time for activities that recharge your batteries, whether it’s exercising, reading a book, or indulging in a hobby. Remember, self-care isn’t selfish – it’s essential for maintaining your well-being.
  1. Connect with Others

Surround yourself with supportive colleagues, friends, and family members who can provide encouragement and motivation when you need it most. Share your goals and challenges with them, and don’t hesitate to ask for help or advice when necessary.
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Final Thoughts

While Monday may sometimes feel like a hurdle, it’s also a fresh start – a chance to set new intentions and pursue your goals with renewed vigour. By incorporating these strategies into your routine, you can overcome weekend withdrawal and approach each week with a positive mindset and a sense of purpose. Remember, you’ve got this!
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This article was first published on 25th March 2024 and updated on March 26th, 2024 at 2:25 pm


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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