Top 5 ways to beat the Monday Blues

Last Monday I slumped into the office, after a long weekend spent in the sunshine and started reading my e-mails and checking the papers as I do each day and came across a piece in The Telegraph.

The article was titled ‘Mondays are so depressing we can’t smile until 11.16am’, which put a little smile on my face and it was exactly 11.16am (It was actually 10.24, but let’s just brush over that fact for the purpose of this post)

Marmite conducted the study, which found that almost half of us are late for work on a Monday and apparently the hatred of Monday mornings is governed by deep-rooted tribal instincts. They have also revealed the top 5 ways to beat the Monday blues…

1. Watching TVTo be truly productive, you cannot work every hour of the day. You need downtime , so switch on the TV and kick back with a favourite show – and go to work, feeling refreshed.

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2. SexIf you keep those endorphins flowing regularly, you’ll have more natural energy and literally, more bounce to your step.

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3. On-line shoppingTreating yourself to something nice at the shops apparently has a ‘lasting positive impact on mood’ and leaves few, if any, negative side effects.

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4. Eating chocolateEating chocolate makes you happy because it contains phenylephylamine – the same hormone the brain triggers when you fall in love.

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5. Planning a holidayA holiday gives you the time and space to do the things that make you happy and the anticipation of a holiday can make you feel excited by releasing endorphins, your bodies’ natural feel-good hormones.

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