Mondays Are For the Fierce of Heart
Does Sunday night scare you? It isn’t the best night of the week. Some may even argue it’s one of the worst nights because of its infamous successor. Monday blues follow Sunday scaries and both come together as an existential saber to our mood. We may feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety, dread, and stress when we are looking towards Monday. How can we start feeling that elusive TGIF bliss at the beginning of the week? Why waste another moment trying to forget or avoid an entire day of the week when a little shift in perspective could change everything?
Mondays aren’t the issue. The root of your tension is in the expectations and can be fixed by how you prepare for them. The Monday blues have actually been studied because of their universality; everyone feels them at some point in their lives and everyone needs to learn to push past them every week for the rest of their lives. Tall order. But doable. The people that do not feel these soulful blues aren’t immune but they’ve made it a habit to build a fortitude around their sense of peace and joy that is impervious to even the most Mondayest of Mondays.
Power Tip 1: Why do you have the blues?
If you have the Monday Blues most weeks, then this is not something you should laugh off or just live with. It’s a significant sign that you are unhappy at work and you need to fix it or move on and find another job. Maybe it’s a negative co-worker or a meeting with your boss first thing on Monday morning, or maybe it’s that you don’t feel challenged–or maybe it’s all of the above.
Clarify what is bothering you and you can start actively in finding solutions. Empower yourself to take charge and try to improve the situation.
Make a decision to turn negative reluctance and dread into a positive, productive and excited welcome to Monday energy. Start with Friday and make sure your desk is organized, and your work to-do list is ready to go for the following week. Take Sunday to rest, review and reward, but plan for and get ready to leap into Monday.
Power Tip 2: Plan ahead
To help combat that Monday morning anxiety, be sure to leave yourself as few dreadful tasks as possible on Friday afternoon. By taking care of the things you least want to handle at the end of one work week, you’re making the start of the next that much better.
If you do have any unpleasant tasks awaiting your attention Monday morning, get them done as early as possible so that you don’t spend the rest of the day procrastinating.
You’ll also want to make sure your calendar is up to date and synced, and you have a good view of and handle on your upcoming work week.
Start the week out with an “attitude of gratitude. Take time to recognize and appreciate the things that you enjoy about work.
This starts before you even get to work. To pump yourself up on your way in to work, try listening to your favorite songs. Think about the type of playlist you would create for a workout, and incorporate that same upbeat, high-energy music into your morning preparation or commute.
Make a post work plan! Your day shouldn’t just be about trudging through Monday to get it over with, but about looking forward to something. Make Monday a special day where you get to go out with friends, make your favorite dinner, or eat a bowl of popcorn and binging that new season.
Knowing that Mondays are traditionally busy days, a good strategy is keep you Monday schedule as clear as possible. When you’re planning meetings ahead, try to schedule them for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This will help you to come into Monday with more ease from the weekend.
Power Tip 3: Build habits that will fight for you
We all usually look forward to the weekends for sleeping in, but when was the last time you woke up to watch the sun rise? Waking up before the world gets too noisy and just giving into the moment as the sun appears over the horizon will help you to keep a perspective on what’s truly important in life. We get so lost in the maze of life trying to be something and accomplish something, that we don’t give enough time to just be what and who we are now, and enjoy life for what it is.
Dress up, perk up and show up ready to be positive and help others be positive. Be the light and energy that makes others have a better day. Show and share your spirit, charisma and vibe and make yourself magnetic.
Use Monday as the day to wear your favorite new outfit. Build your confidence. When you look good, you feel good. Feeling good about yourself is half of the battle on Monday mornings, because rather than being deflated by work you want to face it with confidence.
Make a vow to do something nice for someone else. Doing nice things for other people can lift the spirits and help shift the overall mood in your office or home.
Get enough sleep and wake up early. Feeling restful and having some me time in the morning can make all the difference. It will help you feel centered rather than a 9-5 robot or overworked mother.
Real Talk: Mondays are for go getters. Mondays are for the fierce. Mondays are for you. If you let it be. The start of your week doesn’t have be to a trigger for every negative emotion under the sun. Start with gratitude and go from there. This is a chance to set the tone for the week and create meaningful habits that will ground us in the present and brighten our future. Weed out the reasons that have you dreading that alarm clock and you will see how wonderful it can be to have a day dedicated to beginnings.
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