It’s Smonday, that time of day when the weekend starts to fade and thoughts turn to the working week ahead. If you’re considering pulling the covers up high and calling in sick, it’s worth noting that tomorrow, the first Monday of February, is officially National Pull a Sickie Day. So, you might get a question or two from your manager as to the severity (or authenticity) of your illness.
Apparently, in 2018 approximately 350,000 people called in sick on this day, costing businesses around £45million pounds in lost wages, hours and overtime. WOW. That’s a lot. Given the time of year, it’s possible that colds and fatigue are genuinely getting people down. I also think that celebrating the first pay-day weekend in January may also have something to do with it.
So, if you’re feeling a little under the weather, these five tips to brighten your mood could be just what you need to get you through National Pull A Sickie Day.
- Move Your Body
Whether it’s walking in your lunch break, hitting the gym or having a wiggle on your yoga mat at home, moving your body is a great way to release endorphins and naturally boost your mood. It will also keep you warm on this cold winter’s day.
- Play Some Tunes
Music feeds the soul. So on days when it’s hard to get out of bed, I find sticking on a feel-good playlist and grooving through my morning routine leaves me feeling lifted and ready to face the day. If you drive to work, take things up a notch and sing your heart out in the car.
- Dress For Fun
If your uniform allows for variation, choosing a colourful outfit or wearing a piece that brings about good memories is a great option for feeling great. We subconsciously alter our mood depending on how we feel about ourselves, so if we continue to catch glimpses of our kick-ass attire and more confident or playful selves, it’s bound to lead to a better day.
- Feel Good From the Inside
Set yourself up to have a great day by getting a good sleep the night before. Unwinding with a bath and a book is a great natural way to prepare your body for optimal rest. Make sure you’ve drunk enough water before bed so you’re nice and hydrated and enjoy a healthy, hearty breakfast of oats or eggs in the morning to fuel you through the first part of the day.
- Treat Yourself
Whether it’s a physical gift or allowing yourself time to read, watch a film or visit a friend after work, do something different to your usual Monday routine will give you something to look forward to and remind yourself that you deserve treating. Although I advocate being productive and working towards your goals, it’s equally as important to have rest days when you feel your body and mind overworked or overwhelmed. If you, like I and many others, struggle with the thought of taking some downtime, remember that you can’t give your best if you’re running yourself into the ground, so pushing through becomes pointless anyway.