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How to love mondays

How to love mondays

by Michael Cheary

No single day of the week divides people quite like a Monday.

Love your job or loathe it, trying to get back into the same old routine after a couple of days out can be a challenge.

And, as you sit at your desk, staring blankly at your computer screen, that Friday feeling seeming like a distant memory, trying to stay positive is much easier said than done.

Luckily, here at reed.co.uk, we’re rather fond of Mondays. So to help you improve your Monday morning morale, we’ve put together our list of the top five ways to love Mondays…

5. Get up earlier

Some people live for mornings. Other people, however, live for their snooze button. For those of us who aren’t early risers, laying in bed till the last possible moment and stumbling bleary-eyed into the bathroom is a daily occurrence.

Not usually a morning person? Try waking up 15 minutes earlier. Not only will your morning be a little less stressful, but you’ll feel much more alert by the time you leave the house.

And, if you’re struggling to cure your snooze button syndrome, you might just need to upgrade your hardware. The multimillion pound (warning: estimated figure) alarm clock industry now provides everything from a breakfast making model, right through to one that sends embarrassing tweets every time you hit the magic button.

The snooze may never be the same again…

4. Have breakfast

Often dubbed ‘the most important meal of the day’, a balanced breakfast is an essential component to a successful start. Studies have shown that people who regularly skip breakfast are more likely to have problems with concentration, energy and metabolism. And that’s without mentioning those awkward 10am stomach grumbles.

With studies finding that over a quarter of us skip breakfast every day, there’s plenty of room for improvement. So grab a bap, bagel or bowl of porridge, and embrace the day.

If all else fails, buy yourself a banana and an espresso on the go, and hope for the best.

3. Set yourself an achievable goal

To increase your productivity, try setting yourself some simple targets for the course of the day.

These should be easy enough to hit that they’re possible to accomplish, but just hard enough to make you feel like you’ve worked for it. Think somewhere between being able to get out of bed, and curing world hunger.

Adding some structure to your day will have a multitude of benefits, including increased creativity, better time management and the ability to prioritise. Also, it will help make you look a lot busier and more organised, which can always come in handy (see boss/spouse).

2. Steer clear of negativity

No matter how hard you try to stay cheerful, the start of a new week can be full of other people’s negativity. From your commute to your colleagues, Monday mornings are often characterised by complaints about being tired, being back at work and the premature end of the weekend’s exploits.

The trick is not to let it get to you. Instead of joining in the conversation, simply choose not to participate. Have the biggest smile on your face, put your fingers in your ears and politely refuse to conform to other people’s grievances.

Say out loud to yourself ‘No Monday, you will not get me down with your pointless pessimistic ramblings. I’m not listening. La la la la’. Repeat to fade (or until people start avoiding you).

1. Random acts of kindness

It’s important to remember that, no matter how bad your day is going, there’s always someone who has it worse. If you can’t think of any ways to make your day better, why not make a difference to someone else’s by practicing Random Acts of Monday Kindness.

Acts of kindness can be found at almost every turn. Try giving a random stranger a compliment (make sure you pick very carefully). Make breakfast in bed for your partner. Pay for someone else’s coffee as well as your own. Don’t just offer your seat on the bus. Offer a relaxing back rub too.

Because life isn’t about lingering over the little things that go wrong, it’s about loving the little things that go right…

Honourable mentions: Breathe in, breathe out, dance like no-one is watching and sing like no-one is listening (Warning: it’s almost certain that they are).

How to love mondays

by Michael Cheary

No single day of the week divides people quite like a Monday.

Love your job or loathe it, trying to get back into the same old routine after a couple of days out can be a challenge.

And, as you sit at your desk, staring blankly at your computer screen, that Friday feeling seeming like a distant memory, trying to stay positive is much easier said than done.

Luckily, here at reed.co.uk, we’re rather fond of Mondays. So to help you improve your Monday morning morale, we’ve put together our list of the top five ways to love Mondays…

5. Get up earlier

Some people live for mornings. Other people, however, live for their snooze button. For those of us who aren’t early risers, laying in bed till the last possible moment and stumbling bleary-eyed into the bathroom is a daily occurrence.

Not usually a morning person? Try waking up 15 minutes earlier. Not only will your morning be a little less stressful, but you’ll feel much more alert by the time you leave the house.

And, if you’re struggling to cure your snooze button syndrome, you might just need to upgrade your hardware. The multimillion pound (warning: estimated figure) alarm clock industry now provides everything from a breakfast making model, right through to one that sends embarrassing tweets every time you hit the magic button.

The snooze may never be the same again…

4. Have breakfast

Often dubbed ‘the most important meal of the day’, a balanced breakfast is an essential component to a successful start. Studies have shown that people who regularly skip breakfast are more likely to have problems with concentration, energy and metabolism. And that’s without mentioning those awkward 10am stomach grumbles.

With studies finding that over a quarter of us skip breakfast every day, there’s plenty of room for improvement. So grab a bap, bagel or bowl of porridge, and embrace the day.

If all else fails, buy yourself a banana and an espresso on the go, and hope for the best.

3. Set yourself an achievable goal

To increase your productivity, try setting yourself some simple targets for the course of the day.

These should be easy enough to hit that they’re possible to accomplish, but just hard enough to make you feel like you’ve worked for it. Think somewhere between being able to get out of bed, and curing world hunger.

Adding some structure to your day will have a multitude of benefits, including increased creativity, better time management and the ability to prioritise. Also, it will help make you look a lot busier and more organised, which can always come in handy (see boss/spouse).

2. Steer clear of negativity

No matter how hard you try to stay cheerful, the start of a new week can be full of other people’s negativity. From your commute to your colleagues, Monday mornings are often characterised by complaints about being tired, being back at work and the premature end of the weekend’s exploits.

The trick is not to let it get to you. Instead of joining in the conversation, simply choose not to participate. Have the biggest smile on your face, put your fingers in your ears and politely refuse to conform to other people’s grievances.

Say out loud to yourself ‘No Monday, you will not get me down with your pointless pessimistic ramblings. I’m not listening. La la la la’. Repeat to fade (or until people start avoiding you).

1. Random acts of kindness

It’s important to remember that, no matter how bad your day is going, there’s always someone who has it worse. If you can’t think of any ways to make your day better, why not make a difference to someone else’s by practicing Random Acts of Monday Kindness.

Acts of kindness can be found at almost every turn. Try giving a random stranger a compliment (make sure you pick very carefully). Make breakfast in bed for your partner. Pay for someone else’s coffee as well as your own. Don’t just offer your seat on the bus. Offer a relaxing back rub too.

Because life isn’t about lingering over the little things that go wrong, it’s about loving the little things that go right…

Honourable mentions: Breathe in, breathe out, dance like no-one is watching and sing like no-one is listening (Warning: it’s almost certain that they are).

Does your Monday bring a new beginning, or an end to your free weekend? Viki Wilson discovers how to bring calm energy and optimism to the start of the working week

How to love mondays

Mondays are so unforgiving. I used to think my commute and job were to blame,’ says Jennifer, 34. ‘But since I became a freelance illustrator, enjoying working from home, I find Mondays to be equally dreadful – and so do my freelance friends.’

For most of us, Mondays mean waking to a familiar sense of gloom as we return to the stresses and demands of work. A recent survey of 11,000 workers, commissioned by the consultancy Mercer, revealed we’re more likely to be ill or take time off at the start of the week, with 35 per cent of all sick days falling on a Monday. And a study carried out by Dr Robert Peters of Maryland University showed that heart attacks peak on that day of the week, even if we don’t work. Why is Monday gloom so widespread, even when we are in fulfilling jobs? ‘Most of us habitually attach negative meanings to the day,’ says life coach Becki Houlston. ‘We associate Mondays with a loss of freedom. We miss choosing how we will spend our time.’ Monday marks the end of days shared with family and friends or relaxed, free hours. So how can we stop our mood from sinking when Sunday draws to a close?

Finding freedom

One way to counter the sense of lost freedom is to remember that we have chosen the Mondays we face – doing whatever jobs we do. ‘Remind yourself you can always walk away,’ says life coach Stephen Russell aka The Barefoot Doctor. ‘This retrieves your personal power. With that, you’re able to own the day and choose the outcome you want.’

Change your mindset

A little forward planning can help us start the week more smoothly. ‘We make Mondays so much more miserable by believing we should be more productive,’ says Martin Boroson, author of The One Moment Master. ‘But Mondays are not the time for challenging work. There’s no point in cold calling, making a sales pitch or having a difficult conversation. ‘Monday mornings are the perfect time to do things that can make the rest of the week more productive, such as cleaning out some files or, better still, clarifying your goals for the week.’

‘Another good way to begin thinking differently about Mondays is to start doing things differently on that day,’ says psychologist Anne Archer, editor of 101 Coaching Strategies And Techniques. ‘Making small, incremental changes will have a powerful effect on the way you think and feel. On Sunday, list five small things you could do differently on Monday. For example, give yourself an extra 10 minutes in the morning to read a book. Yes, most of us are rushing around on Mondays, but just imagine how much calmer and motivated you’ll feel to get out of bed, if you start the day this way. ‘Think up strategies like this for various parts of the day. Have something different for breakfast or, if you can’t eat, drink a glass of warm water cooled from the kettle to get your digestive system going.’

Mini meditations

Clearing your mind with mini meditations can help you to feel calmer. ‘Few of us have time to relax on a Monday, but moments of stillness in the day can be beneficial,’ says Boroson. ‘Try this exercise, The Basic Minute, at work: create a place of solitude (the loo is often the best place!). Sit down. Set a watch or mobile phone alarm for exactly one minute. Put your legs and hands in relaxed but fixed positions. Close your eyes and allow your mind to settle into your breathing. When the alarm goes off, stop. By doing just a little meditation, you will be a bit more at peace with the day.’

Harness the Friday feeling

Adding a few weekend-style treats to your working week can make Mondays feel a little less stressful. ‘Many of us live for the weekend and look forward to having the time to rest, see friends, go shopping or out for a meal,’ says psychologist and career coach Denise Taylor. ‘But if we make time, there’s nothing to stop us having a mid-week date with friends or going to the cinema after work. Why keep all the fun stuff and good times for the weekend?’

‘Knowing that you will leave slightly early on a Wednesday to recharge will make the week seem less daunting,’ says communications consultant and coach Julie Hollings. You can do a lot on Friday to make Monday more bearable. ‘At the weekend, we often carry work worries home, ticking over in our subconscious minds,’ says Houlston. ‘On Friday nights, have a little “handover” ritual, as if you were going on holiday. Write a to-do list, and get everything in place for Monday.’

‘List five things you have done really well that week,’ says Archer. ‘Then list two things that you will do differently next week. That way you will get a sense of achievement, and feel that you are learning and progressing.’

Body and soul

When you do reach the weekend, adopt healthy habits to help you feel happier and more energetic as Monday approaches. ‘Don’t forget the mind and body are interconnected,’ says Archer. ‘The food you eat, the sleep you get, and how active you are alters your body chemistry, which in turn alters your moods and thoughts.’ ‘Resist the temptation to sleep in – you’ll find it harder to wake on Monday morning,’ says Dr Kem Thompson, GP and author of Inspirational Blueprints For Personal Success For Women. ‘Eat three meals plus two snacks a day, to keep energy levels constant.’

‘Avoid the temptation to de-stress by drinking lots of alcohol,’ says Archer, ‘It will contribute to an energy crash on Monday. Nurture your body, instead. Walk more and eat well.

‘Above all, stop telling yourself that you dread Mondays. The truth is, for most of us, Mondays are not too bad – and with a few little changes to our thinking habits, we can reclaim a day when the whole week lies untouched in front of us, full of potential.’

How to love mondays

Mondays.

People seem to either love them or hate them.

I used to spend the second half of Sunday dreading Monday morning — what a waste of a perfectly good evening! Over the years, little tweaks to my routine and shifts in my intention have changed things to the point that I am definitely in the “I Love Mondays” camp.

Here’s what I’ve found that works:

1. Start Monday morning with your Sunday night routine.

When you get ready to exercise, you warm up first. Consider Sunday nights your warm up for Monday. Get everything you need for the morning (and for your kids, if necessary) ready to go. Locate everything you need to get out the door or get started with your day on Monday, and have them in clean, working order and a convenient location. For some people, this is second nature; they do it daily. If mornings are a struggle. give it a try at least for Mondays and see if it makes a difference.

Once that’s done, consider a special “Sunday Night Only” winding down ritual. It might be tea and a favorite TV show (We almost always watch Once Upon a Time on Sundays!), or it might be a long hot bath and reading until you’re ready for sleep. Whatever it is, savor this Monday morning warm up, and consider turning in a little earlier than you’re used to, in order to help with #2.

2. Get up early enough to start slowly, and extend the weekend feeling a little bit more.

One of my favorite parts of the weekend is sleeping in and waking up when I’m ready instead of fighting with the alarm for “just five more minutes!” Turning in a little early Sunday night can help with getting up a little early Monday morning–not to pack more into your morning to-do list, but to give yourself time to take it slowly. When you have a little extra time in the morning, you can gently settle into the day and keep that weekend feeling of ease as you start your new week. Even an extra 10 minutes to sit quietly with your tea or coffee before you have to get everything going can make a huge difference in how you approach the rest of the day.

3. Find a theme for the week.

Every Monday, I post an inspiring quote or saying with the tag, “Monday Mantra.” These are intentional! It can become a knee-jerk reaction to click “like” on cutesy Pinterest-worthy quotes without even stopping to consider what they’re really saying. Each week, as part of my Sunday night winding down time, I consider what I’d like to focus on in the coming week, and look for a quote that’s a good fit to reinforce it. It can be a word, a quote, a scripture, a song lyric. whatever encourages you to be your best and inspires you for the week ahead.

4. Look at the week’s tasks as opportunities instead of problems.

What are you excited about for the new week? What problem-solving opportunities do you have? What’s been hanging over your head undone from last week? During your prep time Sunday night, take a peek at the week ahead and highlight a few things that you want to get done and can reasonably accomplish. If possible, schedule at least one of them for Monday, so you’ve started your week off feeling triumphant, instead of feeling like there’s a mountain of tasks ahead of you. The work is the same either way, but our attitudes are always within our control.

5. Make Monday night dinner something special.

It’s easy to make a special Sunday dinner, or go out somewhere fun later in the week, but Monday dinners often get short-changed. It doesn’t have to be a fancy meal, but sitting down for it, getting out special dishes, lighting a candle. anything that feels special to you can become a wonderful thing to look forward to and to close out a well-spent Monday.

When you are intentionally creating a life you love, Mondays begin to feel less like drudgery, and more like a beautiful new start!

How to love mondays

If you’re anything like I used to be, it wouldn’t even be noon on Sunday before I started dreading Monday morning. Sure, you’re a happy and positive person, and you may even be satisfied with your job and the people you work with. Either way, the drudgery and toil of a Monday work day makes you cringe a bit, and easily convinces you that the time on Sundays fly by far faster than any other day of the week. I used to feel that negative knot in my stomach every Sunday, and I realized it had become habit. My thought patterns looked like this: Sunday is here? Oh man, it’s almost Monday. Sigh.

These were pretty toxic thoughts that I needed to vanquish quickly.

While I know firsthand that there’s something so incredibly awesome about spending your weekends at home, with the ones you love doing whatever it is that you please (come on, who doesn’t want more of that?) Monday can, in fact, not suck. Monday can be amazing. It can be stress-free, productive without causing hair loss, and, believe it or not, you can actually look forward to it. Here are eight tips I used personally to spice up my Monday and make it far from dreadful. These apply to everyone — whether you’re working from home or going into the office, or maybe doing the daily routine of housework and kids.

1. Do something weekend-ish today. Go to happy hour, meet a friend (you don’t work with) for lunch, have game night, go on a date or go to a fun event like a movie or festival. Our brains get in extreme Monday mode and we overdo our efforts to get “caught up” and be super efficient. On Monday, do something you would normally reserve for weekends. Your Monday brain may go into shock, but you’ll be proud.

2. Wear something new or dress up. I know you’ve heard that dressing for the role will help you perform better and I hope you believe it. I work from home and truthfully, I don’t leave pajamas most days. Putting on “real clothes” and even some fun earrings makes me feel like I’m ready for Monday and excited to start the week.

3. Eat something different. At times, our dissatisfaction comes from our monotonous patterns. Guess what? You’re the owner of your life and if you want something to change, you need to make it happen. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or a snack at work, treat yourself to something brand new. Make it exotic, tasty and satisfying. I like to mix in guavas, sesame toasted seaweed, and even homemade hummus! These are the small things that get you moving through the day with a smile on your face.

4. Don’t scramble, just recoup. Monday snooze session. Monday traffic jam. Monday office drama. Monday to-do list that’s unbelievably sky high. Monday emails. Yup, I know what all of that looks like. Rather than trying to do everything on Monday, organize and prioritize. Sort your emails and projects by level of importance. Plan out what you can do the next day and for the rest of the week. We’re not “backed up” from the weekend. Weekend is off time! You are allowed to re-assign stuff, even if it’s to yourself. The quality of your work will improve, and your sanity will remain intact. BAM.

5. Change up the music selection. Create a brand new Pandora station or listen to your favorite song from 10 years ago. Again, these little pick me ups make all the difference. If you’ve never listened to music while you work, try it out. It’s not for everyone, but my stations definitely get me through the week.

6. Add a picture to your workspace. Print a pic from your phone, pick up a frame and stick it on your desk. It could be your spouse, your pet or your favorite place you’ve visited. Let your eyes fall on the things that you know make you happy. Change them up every now and then. This one is golden, trust me.

7. Hydrate. in a fun way. This may sound basic and even off topic but hear me out. Most people do not drink enough water. With the stress of a job, tending to clients, selling, answering phones and emails or whatever your job may entail, we often get distracted and simply forget! Keep water by you at all times and spice it up with something fun. I add frozen fruit, cucumbers or lemons to my water. Your brain will operate more smoothly and you’ll feel better overall moving Monday up on the awesome scale.

8. Smile and show thanks. This is something we should do no matter where we are. Remind yourself of your opportunities and show appreciation to anyone who has helped you get there, including yourself! I like to make fun little cards for my family and friends once a week. Maybe bring in some candy or treats for the people you work with. Get the positive juices flowing and remember, karma is a real thing.

9. Plan something to look forward to. Whatever it is, it doesn’t have to be Monday. In fact, I would recommend planning it for mid or later in the week. It feels so nice having something fun and exciting to look forward to outside of work. It doesn’t have to break the bank either. Have a family member over, visit your neighbor or play a game! Mr. Mike and I love playing Uno. fun times!

“Monday” isn’t the same day for everyone. Maybe it’s not the same day each week. Maybe it’s just the day you have meetings or appointments. Either way, make it awesome. You deserve to feel happy, grateful and light every day. I promise that one or all of the above will seriously help. Good luck!

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How to love mondays

We’ve all been there…dreading Sunday nights because we knew what day came next, looking at the clock on a Monday afternoon wishing it would end, and counting down the hours until the weekend arrived to save us once again.

Do you see what an unhealthy cycle this can become? If we always wait for something to come along to distract us or better our lives, we can’t ever fully appreciate the present.

With this in mind, stick with us as we list a few ways to make your Mondays (and life in general) something you can look forward to.

Try these things to start loving Mondays again:

1. Reduce your technology use on weekends.

Have you ever noticed your days fly by more quickly the more you use your cell phone? It’s easy to give hours away to social media, emails, texts, and calls, because we get to wrapped up in the virtual world that it becomes hard to pull away. Not to mention, numerous studies have found a strong correlation between higher technology use and poorer health. So, try to set aside specific times to check your phone on the weekend, so you really feel rejuvenated when it’s time to head back to the office on Monday.

2. Go outside more.

On weekends, instead of spending your time on social media, spend your time socializing in nature. Take your buddies, your family, your dogs, whoever, and just relish in the simple pleasures that the wilderness provides. You won’t find a connection to the Internet here, but you’ll find a better connection with your soul, and that’s what really counts, isn’t it?

3. Use your weekend time to connect with loved ones.

As we hinted at in point 2, try to utilize your weekend as much as possible to spend time with the ones you love. During the week, you probably have your hands full between working, school, kids, errands, and other personal responsibilities, so why not set aside some time on the weekends to spend with those who really matter? Our lives have enough disconnection already, so the least we could do is to show those we love how much they mean to us while we can.

4. Pamper yourself.

When was the last time you got a massage, pedicure, facial, acupuncture, or something else that made you feel like a million bucks? Use the weekends to catch up on self-care and treating yourself how you truly deserve. Out of all the people in your life, the relationship with yourself will always be the most important one, so don’t allow yourself to fall into a state of self-neglect. Weekends should be used to unwind and destress from the work week, and a little pampering will do just that.

5. Lounge around the house without feeling guilty.

Contrary to what society likes to push on us, we don’t ALWAYS have to be productive. We don’t always have to be working, giving a corporation more profit and more success, and slaving away for someone else. We don’t even have to always be slaving away for ourselves, if we own our own business. Use your downtime to truly relax, and forget about outside demands for a while.

The world will still be there when you get back from your much-deserved time away, so learn to veg out a bit without feeling guilty, or like you owe someone something.

6. Don’t work on the weekends.

Don’t feel tempted to check emails and answer phone calls on the weekends, unless you absolutely have to for work. We all need some time away from our obligations, and Mondays will seem a lot more enjoyable if you’ve had a whole two days away from the daily grind. We have so much to do already in life that we don’t need to add on anything else to our list of responsibilities. Allow yourself ‘you’ time, because you deserve it.

Related Article: 5 Things Successful People Do On The Weekends

7. Try something new.

Use your weekends to experience a new activity, whether that’s taking a yoga class, going skydiving, or something else that you’ve always wanted to do. Then, you’ll have some interesting stories to share with your coworkers when you head back to work on Monday, plus, you’ll have some amazing memories from the weekend.

8. Wake up to watch the sun rise.

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.

9. Don’t schedule too many things on the weekend.

Also, try to keep your weekends free of too much responsibility. Just go with the flow, and save the errands for the workweek. Relaxation should be the only thing on your to-do list for the weekend!

How to love mondays

You open your eyes, roll over and hit the snooze button again.

You get out of bed, get dressed, grab a cup of coffee and a piece of toast and you’re out the door. As you drive to work and get stuck in morning traffic, you think to yourself “Ugh.. I hate Mondays.”

I get it. For years and years, I was one of those people who absolutely hates Mondays. I’d start feeling anxious Sunday evening and try to make my weekends last as long as possible. Today, whenever I scroll through my Instagram feed and see one of those “if Monday had a face” posts, I cringe.

Your Mondays are meant to be as positive, happy and amazing as your Fridays. A new week brings new opportunities, a fresh start.

So what do you if Monday is your least-favorite day of the week?

START THE NIGHT BEFORE

One of the reasons why so many of us don’t like Mondays is because we’re pretty much never ready to let go of the weekend. It’s that feeling that you had as a kid on a Sunday evening; the sudden realization that tomorrow’s Monday and that it’s time to go back to school. Want to enjoy your Mondays? You have to start the night before- Sunday evening. Make sure you prep for the week, so that come Monday, you don’t have to worry about things like groceries, clean laundry, getting gas on your way to work. Wash your dishes, clean up your kitchen… If you prep the night before, your morning will be stress-free and you can start your week on a positive note.

How to love mondays

WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

…on a Sunday evening. During the weekend a lot of us like to treat ourselves and indulge a little. This also means that we often wake up tired and bloated the next day which makes us feel sluggish and slow. If you love to indulge on Sunday evenings, make sure to control your portions and avoid eating right before going to sleep. Do your best to adapt some healthy Sunday-night habits, so that you can feel well-rested, energized and ready to take on a brand new week.

HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

Who says you can only have fun during the weekend? Every single one of your days should be filled with as much passion and energy as your Saturdays. Make Monday a date night- go see a movie with your partner, or make dinner together; invite your girlfriends over for a little girls’ night in- do something fun. Buy a new book or a movie and don’t start reading it/watching it until Monday- make sure to have something fun to look forward to. When you add these little “weekend” treats to your day, your Mondays will be more fun, exciting and less stressful.

GET AN EARLY START

I cannot imagine not getting an early start to my days. I get to spend at least half an hour in peace and quiet before anyone else wakes up. I drink my tea, I write in my journal, set my intentions for the day and I actually get to relax a little before the day officially “starts”. Imagine being able to make the best of your mornings; never being in a rush, maybe taking a little walk before leaving for work. Your mornings set the tone for your entire day, so it’s up to to make sure that they’re as bright and happy as possible. Create a routine you look forward to, every single morning. Practice a little self-care. If you have trouble with getting up early or procrastinating, I highly suggest you check out The 5 Second Rule book by Mel Robbins.

How to love mondays

SHIFT YOUR FOCUS

If you feel that you’re a Friday person stuck in a Monday world, you need to shift your focus, now. Don’t talk about how much you don’t like Mondays, don’t complain or share silly “I hate Mondays” quotes on Facebook – there’s a reason why you never see anyone who’s happy and successful do these things. Monday is going to come anyway- regardless of how much you dread it, and it’s up to make it a good, positive and productive day.

I once read somewhere that if you “hate” Mondays, you must be very unhappy with your job. I don’t think it’s as simple as that- not everyone who’s unhappy at work can just get up, quit and leave. I personally never dread going to work and haven’t since I was a teen. Does this mean that things always go nice and smooth at work, or that I never get stressed or overwhelmed?

It means that I have developed a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career (Liam Neeson style) that help me deal with things like pressure, negativity or dealing with difficult clients.

Not every single one of your days will be perfect; there will be days when you will feel upset, frustrated- there will be people who will disappoint you- it’s up to you to make your life as fun and happy as possible- starting with your Mondays.

How to love mondays

We’ve all been there…dreading Sunday nights because we knew what day came next, looking at the clock on a Monday afternoon wishing it would end, and counting down the hours until the weekend arrived to save us once again.

Do you see what an unhealthy cycle this can become? If we always wait for something to come along to distract us or better our lives, we can’t ever fully appreciate the present.

With this in mind, stick with us as we list a few ways to make your Mondays (and life in general) something you can look forward to.

Try these things to start loving Mondays again:

1. Reduce your technology use on weekends.

Have you ever noticed your days fly by more quickly the more you use your cell phone? It’s easy to give hours away to social media, emails, texts, and calls, because we get to wrapped up in the virtual world that it becomes hard to pull away. Not to mention, numerous studies have found a strong correlation between higher technology use and poorer health. So, try to set aside specific times to check your phone on the weekend, so you really feel rejuvenated when it’s time to head back to the office on Monday.

2. Go outside more.

On weekends, instead of spending your time on social media, spend your time socializing in nature. Take your buddies, your family, your dogs, whoever, and just relish in the simple pleasures that the wilderness provides. You won’t find a connection to the Internet here, but you’ll find a better connection with your soul, and that’s what really counts, isn’t it?

3. Use your weekend time to connect with loved ones.

As we hinted at in point 2, try to utilize your weekend as much as possible to spend time with the ones you love. During the week, you probably have your hands full between working, school, kids, errands, and other personal responsibilities, so why not set aside some time on the weekends to spend with those who really matter? Our lives have enough disconnection already, so the least we could do is to show those we love how much they mean to us while we can.

4. Pamper yourself.

When was the last time you got a massage, pedicure, facial, acupuncture, or something else that made you feel like a million bucks? Use the weekends to catch up on self-care and treating yourself how you truly deserve. Out of all the people in your life, the relationship with yourself will always be the most important one, so don’t allow yourself to fall into a state of self-neglect. Weekends should be used to unwind and destress from the work week, and a little pampering will do just that.

5. Lounge around the house without feeling guilty.

Contrary to what society likes to push on us, we don’t ALWAYS have to be productive. We don’t always have to be working, giving a corporation more profit and more success, and slaving away for someone else. We don’t even have to always be slaving away for ourselves, if we own our own business. Use your downtime to truly relax, and forget about outside demands for a while.

The world will still be there when you get back from your much-deserved time away, so learn to veg out a bit without feeling guilty, or like you owe someone something.

6. Don’t work on the weekends.

Don’t feel tempted to check emails and answer phone calls on the weekends, unless you absolutely have to for work. We all need some time away from our obligations, and Mondays will seem a lot more enjoyable if you’ve had a whole two days away from the daily grind. We have so much to do already in life that we don’t need to add on anything else to our list of responsibilities. Allow yourself ‘you’ time, because you deserve it.

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7. Try something new.

Use your weekends to experience a new activity, whether that’s taking a yoga class, going skydiving, or something else that you’ve always wanted to do. Then, you’ll have some interesting stories to share with your coworkers when you head back to work on Monday, plus, you’ll have some amazing memories from the weekend.

8. Wake up to watch the sun rise.

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.

9. Don’t schedule too many things on the weekend.

Also, try to keep your weekends free of too much responsibility. Just go with the flow, and save the errands for the workweek. Relaxation should be the only thing on your to-do list for the weekend!

When we were kids, Sunday nights were for bathtime and preparing homework. There was a slight dread about going back to school, mixed with excitement to see your friends and catch up on the gossip again. These days, Mondays can fall flat, and if you’re dreading them you need to fall back in love with good old Monday again!

1. Love what you do

Loving Monday starts with loving what you do. Mindset! I keep banging on about it but it’s the first step in making this your best year yet. Let’s say you aren’t doing your dream job at the moment, and you just hate waking up in the morning. It happens, we know. If that’s true, it’s time to change. Start looking for jobs you’d enjoy, or start thinking of ways you can change your attitude to work.

If there’s a difficult colleague or tasks that give you no satisfaction, address it. The go-getters of the world are the ones who get promotions just from tackling their issues head on! Make moves to love what you do and you’ll never dread Monday.

2. Supercharge your week

Take charge of your week, you feel unsatisfied if you don’t feel in control. Take back your week and supercharge it by planning things after work. Your day doesn’t begin and end with work, be honest with yourself – what else can you make time for? I love my mid-week workouts because I get to catch up with my friends. I also make sure I’m busy most weekends, and I never say no to after-work activities, even in the middle of the week. Yes, it means you’re a bit more tired when you hit the pillow but you feel more fulfilled.

3. Find out your why

What’s your why? The reason you’re doing the job you’re doing, the reason you have certain passions? At work, ask your manager if there are particular reasons behind the goals you’ve been set, so you can get a better view of the bigger picture. Don’t be afraid to ask your boss or manager what their goals are, explain that it helps you to feel more connected to what you’re doing. Overall, doing tasks that you can track the outcome of will make you feel so much better about your job, and about work days in general. In your personal life, find your why, too. What’s your goal? What tasks are you trying to accomplish? Can you set yourself a goal for after work on Monday?

4. Make your Sunday night count

Sunday night is my favorite night of the week. I can get all my sh*t together, lay out my clothes, write my pre-Monday to-do list and get excited to start ticking stuff off my list. For me, Monday is a serious day. We have meetings, analyze things, and have thousands of things to do. It could get overwhelming, but on Sunday, I make my plan and I stick to it. Of course, throughout the day I do fun things and make time for my friends. But when it comes to the evening, I dread nothing, because I know I’ve got my plan!

5. Be healthier

Monday mornings are so much easier when you stay healthy over the weekend. I have my treats, don’t get me wrong, but I make sure to have my supplements (iron and cod liver oil!) and moisturize my face and body with coconut oil even on days when I’ve had a few drinks. When Monday morning comes around, I don’t feel unhealthy and lethargic, and I can actually get out of bed with a spring in my step! So if you dread Monday because you hate mornings, it’s time to change that with some fruits, vegetables, exercise, and supplements. Weave them into your lifestyle and you’ll thank me later!