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MONDAY BLUES, is there a "cure"?

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•     BRITS RESORT TO UNUSUAL TACTICS TO WAKE THEMSELVES UP COME MONDAY MORNINGS, INCLUDING COLD SHOWERS, SLEEPING WITH THE CURTAINS OPEN AND EVEN WALKING AROUND IN THE NUDE

•     TWO IN FIVE SAY ALARMS ARE TOP OF THEIR MORNING ‘HATE LIST’

•     TOP TIPS REVEALED TO GET THE NATION THROUGH THE WORKING WEEK

5.06pm on a Sunday is the precise time the nation’s fear of the working week ahead kicks in and, come Monday morning, Brits are adopting some unusual ways to be more ‘woke’.

 

According to the research by CafePod Coffee Co., many are resorting to sleeping with the curtains open, having cold showers, or even walking around in the nude to force themselves awake.

 

While these are some of the wackier ways to get going in the morning, more commonly Britons choose to get dressed immediately, have a strong coffee and set alarm clocks at ear piercing volumes. 

 

The alarm clock is THE most dreaded thing about mornings, with 42% of Brits putting it top of their hate list, followed by not waking up naturally (40%) and the thought of a long work day ahead (32%).

 

Brits are similarly adopting a range of tactics to help them beyond Monday and through the working week. Among the strategies used are: having something to look forward to after work (26%); thinking about what’s for dinner (21%); chocolate (28%); coffee (33%); having a work from home day (12%); catching up on a Netflix series on the way to work (11%); and making lists rather than doing the actual work (7%).

 

Former England rugby play Rob Vickerman, who is now a motivational coach, advises Britons to “manage your energy rather than your time” to stay productive and energised during the week. He offers his top three tips:

 

1.       Moment map – plan your day and week around moments that give you a boost or make a difference to your mood. For example, think about what you’re going to have for breakfast when you’re struggling to get out of bed, look forward to the Netflix programme you’re going to watch that evening when you’ve finished all your work. Make sure you prepare for the big working moments, too, such as the huge pitch or key meetings, to be at your best when you need to be. 

2.       Energy flow – be realistic and understand that you will have ups and downs in your energy during the day, keep a diary of this so that you can identify any recurring slumps; understanding your energy cycle helps you to overcome it by pre-empting your lows with proactive solutions. The '3 o’clock lull' is almost universal, yet no one assesses what activity they have done prior, or what they have had to eat or drink before that - it is likely to be the same thing, at the same time - every day! 

3.       Set routines – since having children I have a new appreciation of this; and know that routines do not have to be boring; it’s about creating habits that work for you so that you’re maximising your energy and productivity. We operate on these unconscious behaviours, such as driving a car, getting dressed and often bedtime/morning routines - so why not apply it to more daily activities?

Let's Talk: Getting rid of your Monday blues! Advice from former rugby player- Rob Vickerman!

Biz spoke to former rubgy player Rob Vickerman on Monday blues and brits using unusual tactics to wake themselves up come Monday mornings.