Why do we dread Mondays so much? Why is it that we are always looking forward to Fridays and the weekend rather than the beginning of the week, like Mondays? I think it’s because our minds are trained to believe that the weekends are always the best, but I also think it’s because we lack a little motivation in our lives. Could it be because we are slightly or overly unhappy with what we’re doing in life: career-wise, hate my boss, wish I didn’t have to come into work, etc…?
Here are 5 ways to make Monday your favorite day. These tips have actually helped me look forward to a fresh week and the first week of a new week, Monday.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A DELICIOUS MEAL: Why wait until the weekend to have brunch with friends. Go with a friend, relative or even alone and splurge a little on yourself.
DO SOMETHING YOU’D NORMALLY NEVER DO ON MONDAYS: Go to the beach or try a new activity, like yoga, paddle boarding or take a class. Pick up a new hobby or face a fear.
NEW WEEK, NEW YOU: It’s normal to get stuck in a rut or to feel uninspired, but it’s important to know that no matter what you are going through, there is no one in this whole wide world like you. Know your worth. If you’re feeling insecure about something or wanting something, but your insecurities are holding you back, then you better tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to kick rocks! A new week means a fresh start. A fresh start to do something new or to finally work on those goals you’ve been wanting to achieve. Literally take those ‘new week, new you’ words to heart and do something. Get a journal or a notepad and begin writing down a list of things you want to accomplish this week, or a list of goals you’d like to begin working on. Find your passion. Whatever they are, jot them down and make it a point to at least cross one off your list each week. It’ll motivate you to keep going once you’ve seen progress.
READ A BOOK: If you love reading as much as I do, then why aren’t we best friends yet?! If you’re not much of a reader, you should start. It really helps and has motivated me when I’ve felt pretty low. Here are a few books I’ve read/currently reading: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, The Women’s Room by Marilyn French, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
MAKE MORE ‘ME TIME’: and make it a priority. We often get so caught up with work or stress over things that really don’t matter, and forget to switch the off button. I know because that’s me. I’m 100% guilty of this. Some things in life are out of our control, but one thing that we do have control of, is our mind. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to train your brain. Calm down, take a moment, breathe and relax. At the end of the day, no one is going to take care of you like you, so make sure you take time for yourself. Maybe it’s staying offline for a day, or spending more time with family or friends you haven’t seen in awhile, being more present or living more in the moment than spending time on your phone. I actually need to be better at this one myself. It’s important to make space for offline moments in your life.
I hope these 5 tips help you look forward to more Mondays than usual. 🙂
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