Have you ever turned to your planner and thought, “It’s only Wednesday?! When is this week going to end, and how am I ever going to get through it?!”
Hey, we’ve all been there.
Some Mondays and Tuesdays are so draining that you’re barely confident you’ll make it through the rest of your day, let alone the rest of your week.
So when you need some midweek motivation, use the tips in this guide to power through and out of this funk.
8 Tips for Getting Over the Midweek Slump
These eight tips will make every day feel less exhausting and more like the weekend. Before you know it, the sun will rise on Saturday, and you’ll forget you were ever in a slump at all.
To get there:
1. Don’t Let the First Half of Your Week Define the Last
One of the best tips you can take away from this guide is to not let the first half of your week dictate the rest of it.
If you’re hitting a wall midweek, it’s probably because the first two days already drained your battery. But this doesn’t mean you can’t recharge in time to tackle the remainder.
Treat each new day as a fresh start (because it is). And use one or a combination of the tips in this guide to make the rest of your week so much better than what it started like.
Commit to moving forward and not letting your bad days get the best of you, and you’ll instantly change your headspace and mood to welcome more good into your life.
2. Start Something New Midweek
Most people wait to start a new habit or make a significant change in their life until Monday rolls around. But a mid-week slump makes the perfect time to switch gears and start something new.
This Wednesday motivation gives you something to look forward to when you’re slogging through Monday and Tuesday. And since the hardest part of your week will be behind you, it will feel liberating to ditch the stress for something rewarding and exciting.
- Starting a new hobby
- Trying a new workout routine
- Splurging on a new self-care ritual
- Kicking off a new diet
- Reading a new book / bringing a new show
- Changing up your hair, makeup, or clothes
These activities will all breathe new life into what you previously considered a crummy week and turn it around for the best.
3. Focus on Doing What You Love Midweek
If you’re not feeling your week due to work stress or personal issues, it never hurts to go back to what you love. Doing your favorite activities will always bring much-needed happiness to your day and help wash away the funk.
You can try going for a walk, finding a new bike trail, diving into a hobby you haven’t had time for, or even turning your house into the ultimate spa day — complete with a face mask, candles, and a warm bath with relaxing essential oils.
Doing things you love is a surefire way to switch gears and turn your bad week into a stellar one. It’ll also provide positive momentum to power you through to the weekend with less stress.
4. Schedule Time with Friends
Being socially-distanced from your friends and family may be creating underlying stress that drags you down during the week.
Schedule time with your friends and family midweek so you have something to look forward to. Seeing and talking with people you love can easily switch up a bad mood and give you the perfect recharge to get over your mid-week slump.
Even if you have to do this over a Zoom call (thanks, COVID!), it’s still worth it and beneficial for your mental and social health.
5. Get Outside
Getting out in the fresh air is a fantastic way to clear your mind, soak up some essential vitamin D, and help lift your spirits.
Try going out for at least 15 minutes (but aim for 20-30 minutes, if you can). Skip the headphones and try to tune into the sounds you hear out in nature, such as birds chirping or the wind rustling leaves on a tree.
If you feel like being active, great. If not, no biggie. Even just sitting outside and being in nature is enough to help you feel better.
When you see how Mother Nature doesn’t rush anything and still accomplishes everything, you may be able to mimic this focused calmness for your weekdays.
6. Clear the Clutter
You’ll be amazed at the mental clarity you’ll score when you clear out the clutter surrounding you. And that’s not just because you’ll get to trash anything that doesn’t bring you Kondo-esque joy.
Whether at your office desk or in your own home, having clutter around chips away at your mental health. It can cause anxiety, depression, and even feelings of worthlessness (ouch!).
Carving out a fresh space can quickly turn your mood and week around, which means it’s one of the first areas to tackle when you’re feeling down.
7. Throw a Dance Party
You can also try dancing away your blues by putting on your favorite tunes and jamming out when no one’s watching.
Having your favorite songs playing at full blast while you reminisce about better times can transport you out of your midweek slump and into a better mood.
If you notice a more-sluggish-than-usual spouse, roommate, or kids, drag them out onto the “dance floor” that is your living room to uplift the whole gang and get everyone laughing together.
8. Don’t Neglect Your Daily Exercise
Don’t listen to the devil on your shoulder who says you should skip your daily workout and eat ice cream to make a long day better.
Exercise releases feel-good hormones known as endorphins. A workout will flood your body with these and make it almost impossible to hold onto the bad energy from the start of your week.
These activities help release built-up stress to welcome clear skies ahead:
- Lifting weights
- Spin Class
Plus, exercising tackles multiple tips on this Wednesday motivation list at the same time. You can find an activity you love (tip #3), try something new (tip #2), or get out in nature (tip #5).
Exercise may even prevent a midweek slump in the first place! So all these reasons prove you shouldn’t ever skip it.
Final Thoughts on Getting Over the Mid-Week Slump
You now have the perfect midweek motivation tools to overcome a midweek slump before one strikes, or anytime after it’s already hit.
Save this guide and share it with your friends so you can help each other get past a bad Monday or Tuesday so it doesn’t ruin the rest of your week.
Follow as many of these tips as you can, and you’ll be out of that slump and into your weekend fun in no time!