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After a long and relaxing weekend, The worst thing to hear is that alarm clock going off at 5 am on a Monday morning. I, myself often sit at the edge of my bed for at least 2 minutes contemplating if I actually need my job or will I be ok homeless. That’s when I am forced to remind myself that I wasn’t born rich and I need the job. After 6 and a half years of working a full-time, Monday to Friday office job, there are a few things I do that helps me beat my weekly blues. (P.S: I don’t plan on working an office Job forever)

LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE GETTING READY

There is no better way to beat the weekly blues than listening to upbeat music at 5 am while you are getting ready for the day. This always helps me prepare for the week and ups my mood. I listen to music while in the shower, making coffee and organizing my lunch. I live with my Fiance and he is still dead to the world while I’m up with the birds getting ready, So I try to be a little considerate. I normally listen to music in the bathroom with the door closed or I put those earphones and pump up the volume.

DRINK WATER

Drinking water daily Is something I struggle with. I have to admit I am more inclined to go for Coffee or Green Tea in the morning. I do try and get my too glasses of water in while I’m getting ready. Most of the time I gulp it down just before I rush out the door. I also try to drink at least 2 liters of water during the day while I’m at work but I find this just as hard. I have started forcing myself to drink more water. It helps keep me awake and alert during the day and I feel less bloated and sluggish. Water not only kick starts your organs but it also starts your metabolism which assists with weight loss and good digestion.

TAKE A 5 MINUTE BREAK AND GET SOME FRESH AIR

I often get to work at 6:30 am or 7 am. From the moment I sit down, to the moment I leave at 5 pm, I never really get up from my desk. Recently I have been forcing myself to take 5 minute breaks during the day to get some fresh air and it has worked wonders. I feel more focused and creative once I have taken my little break. We all need a break from our desks. We aren’t robots. We cannot concentrate 100% throughout the day – it’s impossible.

EAT HEALTHY

When you are at a desk all day you tend to opt for those delicious unhealthy foods and treats, like “slabs” of chocolate (guilty) and chips. You may feel amazing while eating these but you tend to lose energy quit quickly thereafter. Eating a healthy snack can make a huge difference. I always go for fruits, loads and loads of fruits. My fridge is stacked full of fruit. It gives me the energy I need to get through the day, especially at 3 in the afternoon when your brain starts dying because it can no longer concentrate.

GO FOR EVENING WALKS

I get up way too early in the morning to go for a run or quick walk, so I always try to go for a 20 – 30 minute walk every afternoon after a long day at the office. This helps me destress and clear my mind after a long day. After the walk and a hot shower, I find I can not only function better but I sleep so much better as well.

Until next time – Cape Town Brunette

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