6 Ways to Push Through the Mid-Week Slump
The alarm goes off. It's 4:40 am. The Ghostbusters theme blares out as you reach over to grab your phone. Sliding the red "X" all the way to the right, you put your phone back on the side table and proceed to lay in bed for a full five minutes, pondering life and why in the world anyone should have to be up this early.
Sounds like a Monday morning right? While Mondays get a bad rep in society, Wednesdays seem to be infinitely harder. For most people, Wednesday is the middle of the work week. People are tired, worn-out, and have two more days standing in the way of the much-anticipated weekend. Try these six, simple tips to beat those hump-day blues and start enjoying Wednesdays again.
1. Good Morning
The key to a successful day any day of the week is to start your morning off right. Resist the urge to hit your snooze button and get up when your alarm first goes off. Put on your favorite upbeat songs as you get ready for the day. Dance around, sing, be silly, and enjoy this time for yourself.
Consider switching up your look for the day. Variety is the spice of life! Try wearing a bold-colored shirt, do a red lip, or wear a crazy pair of socks. Style your hair differently: If you normally wear it down, pull it up in a cute ponytail or try a side braid. Savor that first cup of coffee and enjoy a few minutes of quiet. Take in the sunrise, or look up at the dark sky and try to find a few planets or stars. Set yourself up for a productive day by being present, enjoying your morning routine, and getting your mindset in a positive place.
2. Get Moving
This is such a simple tip, but it works! Take 10 minutes every few hours to stretch at your desk. Do a few neck rolls,
- Stretch at your desk.
- Go for a walk around your building, or if you can't get outside, walk around the office.
Stepping away from what's going on to move around refreshes the mind and body, wakes you up, and allows you to focus on the task at hand when you return. If you have time and a little space to stretch out in, try the Yoga for Your Lunch Break video with Adriene Mishler below.
Yoga for Your Lunch Break
3. Drink Up
Have a drink. Get a cup of ice-cold water to stimulate your senses. In addition to helping you wake up, it'll keep you hydrated. Need a caffeine fix? Grab a fresh cup of coffee and sprinkle a little cinnamon in it for an added boost. If coffee isn't your thing, try a hot cup of green tea or a delicious iced tea.
4. Ignite Your Senses With Essential Oils
Essential oils can perk you up, boost your mood, and help manage stress. Consider getting a small diffuser for your office. Try a citrus scent to liven up the day when you are feeling sluggish.
If a diffuser isn't practical, you could keep a bottle or two of essential oil in your desk or purse. Simply apply a few drops to a bracelet or dab a little on your wrist when you need a pick-me-up. Be sure to read the label on your oils to make sure they are safe for skin application.
5. Plan Something Fun
Who says weekends are the only time to have fun? Switch up your routine and make plans for Wednesday evening. Go on a date with your spouse to a nice restaurant. Meet your best friends for coffee and dessert. Sign up for a new fitness class to mix up your exercise routine.
If going out isn't your thing, stop by the store on your way home to pick up ingredients for a new recipe. Make dinner and plan on a cozy night in, reading a juicy novel or catch up on a TV show. Mixing up your routine and having something fun to look forward to after work is energizing, guaranteed to pull you out of that Wednesday-blues funk.
6. Get Enough Sleep
Last, but not least, make sure you're getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep in the short-term makes you sluggish, irritable, dependent on caffeine, and you end up trudging through the day trying to focus. Long-term sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your health and your wallet. Get to bed at a decent time each night to make sure that you wake up in the morning refreshed and ready to greet the day.Make it your priority during the work week. You might even schedule a quick nap into your afternoon.
Experts say that drinking coffee and then taking 20 minutes to rest your eyes increases your productivity. Because it takes roughly that amount of time for caffeine to begin taking effect, you wake up refreshed and energized.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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