Everyone says that Mondays are the worst, but I don’t think we emphasize the never-ending pain and suffering that is Wednesday. Sure, Mondays aren’t the greatest, but at least the period of grief lasts for a few hours and the acceptance of the upcoming work week and sneaker releases swiftly takes over.
Now, the diabolical energy of Wednesdays is unmatched. You feel sluggish, seconds feel like hours (yet the numerous breaks you’ve justified are over in a snap), and Friday is just an abstract concept. The good news is that there are ways to get over the mid-week slump. Not all hope is lost, and we can get that much closer toward shifting the narrative about Wednesdays and making them a more enjoyable prelude to the Friday to come.
1. Drink more water
This is probably on the list of the top three pieces of advice that we have heard day after day for at least 10 years. Mid-week fatigue, especially if you are working from home, is usually caused by eye strain and dehydration. The fix? Don’t worry, it’s easy. Keep a water bottle by you at all times (I recommend a 24oz bottle). Back-to-back meetings? Leave it on your desk and chug at least half the bottle between each meeting. Heading over to the kitchen to make yourself lunch? Bring your water bottle with you to the kitchen and drink it while you are prepping, waiting for water to boil, waiting for the microwave, etc.
2. Avoid large meals, opt for snacking
For many of us, food brings us happiness and calm. While I am all for eating good, sometimes a big mid-day meal can bring the best of us down into the depths of exhaustion. Food coma is real. Instead of eating a hearty lunch on a day that is already mentally taxing, try eating smaller meals and snacks throughout the day to keep your energy up.
3. Get moving
Believe me, I know this is easier said than done. It’s always the most simple tasks that seem to take up the most mental energy to get started. I’m not saying that you need to get yourself adjusted and committed to a full 30-45 minute workout during your workday. But if you find yourself physically stagnant for more than three hours a day, I suggest taking 15 minutes to get the blood moving and the muscles stretched out a bit. This can mean walking around your apartment a few times a day, taking a couple of stretch breaks paired with some jumping jacks, and maybe even taking a stroll around the block. Just remember to avoid these bad workout habits.
4. Talk to someone
I don’t know if I am late to the party on this one, but I noticed that whenever I feel tired, I am almost instantly back to life and full of energy when I talk to someone. It’s no surprise that I found this out during a pandemic that forced me to socially cut myself off. We as humans are social creatures, so something like a quick little chat with a friend, significant other, family member, or roommate can not only perk you up for work, but also get your spirits back up to get you through the rest of your week.
5. Plan something to get excited about
As I said, the worst thing about Wednesday is that the end of the week just seems so far out of sight that our brains resort to dread. Something that really helps prevent that looming dread is planning something to look forward to. It’s like we’re creating a finish line that is easier to visualize, and when the end is easier to see, the less likely we are to feel frustrated and tired in the middle of the week. You don’t have to ball out every weekend, but plan a little something that you know will make you happy and will feel like a reward if you can get yourself through the week.