Bare Minimum Mondays: A New Trend to Beat the Monday Blues

Learn how to beat the Monday blues by doing only the essential work on Mondays and using the extra time for self-care and happiness.

Article by:
Kiren Velu PIllai

Do you dread going back to work on Mondays?

Do you feel overwhelmed by the tasks and deadlines that await you? If so, you are not alone. Many people experience the Sunday scaries, a term that describes the anxiety and stress that comes with the end of the weekend and the start of a new workweek.

But what if there was a way to ease into your week without feeling pressured and stressed?

What if you could permit yourself to do only the essential work on Mondays and leave the rest for later?

That’s the idea behind Bare Minimum Mondays, a new trend gaining popularity on TikTok and among workers burned out by the pandemic.

What are Bare Minimum Mondays?

BareMinimum Mondays is a trend where employees do only the essential work on Mondays and start their day later after taking care of themselves in the morning.

The term was coined by Marisa Jo, who shared how this practice liberated her from the pressure of productivity and output. According to Jo, a Bare Minimum Monday involves:

•Spending the first 2 hours of te day on “phone- and work-free” activities that prepare her for a good week, such as running errands, working on a creative project, resting, or exercising. to manage your energy and workload better

•Working for about 3 hours on urgent, essential, or both tasks and postponing everything else until Tuesday — unless she feels motivated to continue.


What are the benefits of Bare Minimum Mondays?

Bare Minimum Mondays are not about being lazy or irresponsible. They are about protecting your mental health and well-being and reducing work-related stress and burnout.

By giving yourself some breathing room on Mondays, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed and anxious and feel more relaxed and motivated for the rest of the week.

Some of the benefits of Bare Minimum Mondays are:

What are some tips for doing the bare minimum Mondays?

Bare Minimum Mondays are only for some. Some people might prefer to start their week strong and get things done early, while others might have jobs or responsibilities that don’t allow them to slack off on Mondays. However, if you want to try this practice, here are some tips to make it work for you:


Bare Minimum Mondays are a new trend that aims to help workers cope with the stress and anxiety of starting a new workweek.

By doing only the essential work on Mondays and using the extra time for self-care and personal projects, workers can feel more relaxed and motivated for the rest of the week. However, this practice is only for some, requiring planning, communication, flexibility, and consistency to make it work.


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