While it’s unlikely any of us will ever choose a hectic Monday morning over a soft Sunday lie-in, the idea that we should write off 52 days of every year as miserable seems a bit self-defeating. With a little planning and a few tweaks, Monday’s can be filled with as much possibility and opportunity for happiness as any other day of the week. Here are a few ways to go about it.
1 | Develop A Healthy Morning Routine
Anyone who has ever opened their eyes first thing in the morning only to be suffocated by a mental avalanche knows that a whole day can be ruined by a disorganized mind. No fun.
Avoid the early AM stress by planning ahead and setting the tone for a positive and productive day the night before.
Try this: Take a few moments before bed to write down all of the things you want to get done the following day. Then, place your clothes out just like you did back in your school days and set a large glass of water on your bedside table. As soon as you wake up, sit up and drink the water and say a prayer of gratitude where you show appreciation for at least 6 things in your life (or if you’re feeling extra committed, try journaling in the morning). Get up, wash your face, have a light and healthy breakfast (I love a smoothie) and think of a word that encompasses your intention for the day. It could be “Calm”, “Graceful” or even “Boss”. The point is to take control by experiencing a few moments of self-care and setting an intention anchor to rely on to bring you back to center when you need it.
2 | Give Yourself 30 Minutes
When you are taking care of a family, working full time or dealing with one of the dozens of other responsibilities that come with life, you can’t always put yourself first. But not even placing yourself in the top 5 is going to have you going from 0-burnout in record speed. Instead of waiting until you’re physically and/or emotionally drained to be forced to pay attention to your health (hello, illness), commit to giving yourself 30 minutes a day to check-in with yourself without distractions. This could be popping into the local salon for a manicure on a much-deserved but rarely taken lunchbreak or moving into a quiet space to close your eyes and focus on your breath, placing your hand on your heart and paying close attention to what parts of your body are tight and what emotions you are feeling. The actions will change according to your daily needs, the point is to address them consistently.
3| Disengage From People Who Make You Feel Bad About Yourself
Whether it’s a boss who constantly devalues you, a “friend” who always seems to exclude you or a family member who is constantly putting you down, spending time with toxic people is the equivalent of sipping poison every day. Guess what happens to you over time when you do that? It doesn’t matter how strong you try to be, the dynamics of dealing with these kinds of people will inevitably wear you down and steal the joy from your life. Worse, they can also shorten your lifespan. Stop making excuses for bad behavior and unsubscribe as quickly as possible.
4| Give The Energy You Wish To Receive
If you want to immediately change your life, change the energy you put into it. Starting today, try this: Smile and say good morning, good afternoon and good evening to everyone you greet. Let the receptionist know you appreciate the work he or she is doing was and thank your partner for all of the support they have shown you and let them know how much it means to you. These tiny efforts work like a domino effect that will make an immediate (and noticeable) change in the way people view and interact with you. Remember, you set the tone for the energy you invite into your life simply by choosing what energy to infuse into it.
5 | If It Won’t Matter Tomorrow, Let It Go.
I personally don’t agree that something has to be valid five years before you can spend five min thinking about it, but how many times have you allowed slow walkers, moody coworkers and noisy neighbors throw you in an agitated state? Allowing every small setback to throw you into a cortisol-laden meltdown is going to derail your day, impact your relationships and impact your health. Is someone cutting you off really worth all of that?