Are you having a case of the Monday Blues? Was the weekend a bit too much fun? Or just dreading getting back to work. Being stuck in those infamous Vietnamese traffic jams again. Or maybe a bit of everything.However you feel, we feel with you. So how can we rid ourselves of these Monday Blues.

As you probably already know, it really starts with how you look at the world. Not everyone is born an optimist, but optimistic thinking can be taught. If you think about this day in the most positive light, it’s just a day like any other. A new day, with lots of opportunities opening up.

Let’s help you with some tips to make that first day of the week just a bit lighter. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade (or tequila.) When life gives you Mondays, make them the best days!


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1. Keep your parties to the Saturdays

When you feel quite busy and stressed throughout the week, it’s only natural that the weekend becomes your “outlet.” Catch up with friends, have big meals, grab a drink…. and enjoy it all! Still, however tempting it is, let’s leave Sunday “clean” and gentle. It’ll ensure you don’t pay for any excessive fun on Monday.

Besides not over-exhausting yourself on Sunday, there are ways that you can avoid the Monday blues by using your free time on Sunday to prepare for the week to come. A lot of our stress comes feeling overwhelmed rather than actually always being very busy. So sitting down and drafting what needs to be done that week can actually relief stress.

Use your Sundays to plan for the week.

The same goes for going out to shop groceries, rather than having to rely on all kinds of expensive delivered and/or unhealthy grab & go meals throughout the week. If you really want to get into it, you can plan your meals or even cook for the whole week.

2. Learn how to breathe deeply

When faced with Monday, most of us will often feel uncomfortable because the weekend feels like its going by so fast. Relax your mind by inhaling and exhaling steadily with each beat.

Take 2-3 minutes to completely focus on your breath, acknowledging them and accepting the reality that’s about to set in. Maintaining breathing combined with gentle exercise is an extremely effective way to relax.

We will do everything well, the job will be fine, the meeting will be smooth, and the weekend will come again soon.

Instead of Monday Blues, picture a blue sky and exercise your breath.

3. Reward yourself with a rich breakfast.

Breakfast is a meal that you have to charge. The most amount to prepare for a long day of work. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to eye-catching dimsum, a special bowl of pho, or long-time favorites. Creating this habit will allow you to start really looking forward to your Mondays!

4. Start a new healthy habit

Of course, you don’t want to overdo it. Because believe it or not, research shows that Mondays are the best day to start a new healthy habit! In a Data Decisions Group panel of 1000 respondents, those who started a healthy habit on Monday said they were more likely to stick with it.

The survey also shows that people view Monday as a day for a fresh start and are more likely to start diets and exercise regimens, quit smoking and schedule doctor’s appointments. So why not plan for your next Monday to be the start of a healthier way of living!

5. Don’t have Mondays, don’t have the Monday Blues

Hey! What? Don’t have Mondays? Is that even an option.

Of course! Coming back to the start of this post, Mondays are just a construct. There’s only Monday Blues when there’s something to be blue about on Monday.

“Stop Living for the Weekend,” says one of our favorite sources of inspiration Gary Vaynerchuk. If you LIVE for the weekend and you DREAD Mondays, doesn’t that just means that whatever you’re doing from Monday-Friday isn’t your calling? That it doesn’t “spark joy”?

Gary Vaynerchuk: “Stop living for the weekends.”

If that’s the case, maybe the best tip we can give you is to re-evaluate what makes you happy in your job, and what doesn’t. Maybe, it’s just a matter of turning your current job into a dream job. But if that’s not in the cards, if it’s just too much “bad stuff” versus tasks with potential and purpose, then maybe a look at your life goals can help.


Purpose: Design Your Meaningful Life workshop in Saigon, Vietnam.