After a relaxing, fun-filled weekend, some individuals are left with a severe case of the “Monday blues.” Students are no stranger to this feeling, especially when it’s the first weeks of a new semester. It’s normal to feel tense or overwhelmed on Monday mornings. While we often want to dive headfirst into the new semester, sometimes it’s better to take it day by day. Below are a few ways to navigate and beat the “Monday blues.”
1. Make a list of the things you’re excited about.
There are seven days in a week, and therefore plenty of opportunities to make each day count. Try to create a big or small moment every day. Take the scenic route to campus. Watch a funny movie on the train.
2. Get enough sleep and wake up early.
Sleep is both an enemy and friend for college students. Pulling an all-nighter seems like a friendly challenge yet can affect students’ mental and physical well-being. Try to go to bed a little earlier on Sunday nights. An extra 15 or 20 minutes can make a significant difference. The CDC recommends getting at least seven hours of sleep per night.
3. Treat yourself.
Although breakfast is not everyone’s favorite meal, it can help set the tone for the day. Pay extra attention to your snacks and meals on Mondays. This will help you stay energized as you ease back into your schedule. Maybe today is the day you buy that breakfast bagel that has been calling your name. Did you know Einstein Bros. Bagels just opened its permanent location on campus? The new dining option is located at the southwest corner of the City Heights Residence Hall and Learning Commons building. Hours are Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4. Keep your Monday schedule light.
Whether you’re going to campus or your job, Mondays can be busy days. When you are planning your weekly schedule, make small tweaks to keep Monday’s workload lighter. There will be plenty of time throughout the week to tackle lectures, attend labs, and join meetings.
5. Know when it’s more than just blues.
A big part of combatting the “Monday blues” is managing psychological and emotional needs. Students may be buzzing with excitement as a new semester rolls around, but this excitement can wear off leaving students with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and inadequacy. In addition, the feeling of being homesick for familiar people and places is no stranger to many students. It is important for students to familiarize themselves with available resources on campus. Don’t be afraid to seek counseling assistance. Dealing with these feelings is a productive way to manage emotional or psychological stress.
- The Counseling Center offers both in-person and telehealth help at no cost for all fee-paying students. They offer crisis sessions to address acute mental health crises and individual therapy sessions. The Health Center at Auraria and the Phoenix Center at Auraria (which offers support for interpersonal violence) are also available to students.
- Colorado Crisis Services: 24/7 confidential mental health support hotline. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.
- Suicide Prevention: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free 24/7 confidential support for individuals in distress, and crisis resources for all. 1-800-273-8255
- Nod: This is an app that helps individuals build connections. There is no need to feel lonely at any time. Download the app today—it’s free for CU Denver students.
- You@CUDenver: This app helps individuals find tips and tools for everything, from mental and physical health to friendships and life balance.