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Coping with Stressful Times of the Week

by Sarah Wilkinson, Class of ’17

Dear Tuesday Work-Day Warriors,

If you haven’t already heard, Tuesday morning/afternoon is one of the most stressful times of the week, according to science (who, like the internet, never lies). But seriously, there’s some merit to this observation. On Monday, you’re adjusting back into the work or school week, and by Tuesday, things are really starting to pile up and you’ve still got way too many days before Friday.

So, let’s make Tuesdays a little easier.

Champlain College

Taking a Brazilian Dance class could also help with the Tuesday Blues. Photo by Stephen Mease

  1. Take care of the most daunting tasks first. If you have a project that is weighing heaviest on your shoulders, it will continue to do so until you take care of it. Once you stop avoiding it by doing all the other, less important tasks, you’ll feel much better.
  2. Take a walk or change your scenery. On Tuesdays in particular, but any time you’re stressed, it could help to change your surroundings a bit. Do your homework/work somewhere new, if possible, or take a break altogether and go for a walk.
  3. Wake up earlier. If you’re concerned about not having enough time to do all the work you need to get done, it might be a good idea to get up early on occasion to give yourself a little extra work time. The mornings are often much more productive than super late nights. We’re looking at you, college kids.
  4. Give yourself an incentive. This could be as simple as letting yourself watch an episode or two of your favorite TV show on Netflix – but only after your work for the day is done. Knowing you have something to look forward to at the end of it all will make the work seem much more manageable.
  5. Rearrange your schedule. Maybe part of the reason you’re so stressed on Tuesdays is because you always do tasks that you dislike during that time. If there’s any possible way to rearrange your schedule so that you can do things you like along with a few of the things you don’t like, you’ll probably be much happier for it.
  6. Bonus! Do yoga. I’m a little biased on this one, but yoga has changed my life. I do it every single morning before classes, right after I wake up, and it helps me start my day relaxed and ready for whatever comes. By the end of the day, I’m usually falling over with stress, and it makes me wonder how I ever survived before I established my morning yoga routine.

But don’t take my word for it. Find what works for you.

Sources: The Muse