Winter may not officially arrive for another 12 days, but… let’s be real. Winter has basically arrived. It’s snowy and icy and freaking cold, and it gets depressingly dark at, like, 4:30 p.m.
You guys, seasonal affective disorder is a very real thing. There are days when all you want to do is cry and feel sorry for yourself, but you have to force yourself out of bed because there are things like Mondays and School and Work and Responsibilities.
Everything totally sucks sometimes, but do your very best to work through it and find a reason to get up and get dressed and do your thing. Here’s a couple things that might help.
♡ Wear an identity.
When you wake up knowing you want to look like a specific someone – Shirley MacLaine, for example – it’s so much easier to pull yourself out of your warm cozy blankets. It’s always good to change it up a little bit, especially since we tend to fall back into our oversized sweaters and heavy coats and big scarves and unbrushed hair during winter months.
Or maybe you just want to stick with your oversized sweater and heavy coat and big scarf and unbrushed hair but swipe on your reddest, baddest lipstick. That’s cool too. Just make sure to do what’s good for your brainspace.
♡ Listen to songs that will either pump you up and make you feel strong OR make you feel completely understood.
"Ours" by Taytay is completely applicable here. After all, Mondays are always full of elevator buttons and morning air. I mean, who wouldn’t want to take the stairs when faced with the prospect of strangers’ silence?
(And yes, it’s true that here at the Taylor Swift Charm School we tend to use music as a solution for everything. But we really think it does work wonders for your mental and emotional well-being. Also, have you ever noticed that m-u-s-i-c and m-a-g-i-c are only different by two letters? Coincidence? I think not.)
♡ Read through old emails in your personal email account.
Emails and chats from former boyfriends and/or crushes can be a good way to spend 30 minutes, and they are often a good reminder of what a babe you are. Get out of those doldrums! Someone thought you were a babe that one Monday three years ago, and hey guess what? You’re still a babe today! You go girl.
Note: This is NOT recommended if you’ve just gone through a breakup. We would not recommend checking up on an ex-beau. The purpose of this exercise is to remind yourself that you are freaking AWESOME and shouldn’t let Mondays get to you!
Need some activities to help you get over a breakup? Peep our post: On Breakups
♡ Ignore that burnt sludge in the breakroom and treat yourself to a nice cup of tea (or coffee, if that’s more your thing).
Chamomile and lavender are lovely, in particular. Bonus points if you can stare out the nearest window with a wistful look on your face. (But if you work in an office, don’t let anyone else catch you!)
♡ Remember that you don’t need to run the rat race. You are a magical human bean and you do magical human things, like bake brownies and fall in love with strangers and kiss dogs on their noses. Don’t let them grind you down.
What is your advice for getting through Mondays?