Five Things To Think About For Five Minutes on the subject of MONDAY MORNINGS
From what I understand and have experienced in my own life, Monday mornings can be a difficult time in our lives. Feelings of depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, overwhelmed by the week ahead - all of these things make getting out of bed and facing the week a little more difficult. Here's five things to think about that will help you tackle the Monday morning blahs.
1. Schedule a meeting or make special lunch plans on Monday mornings.
Sometimes, we go to bed on Sunday evening or wake up on Monday morning with a sense of dread. Why not fight that tendency by scheduling something fun to do in the first few hours of your week? Spend time with people who you know will be an encouragement to you or will stimulate your thinking.
2. Go to the gym.
Exercise has a profound impact on our emotional state. Getting up a little earlier to go and workout will give you a sense of accomplishment and get the blood flowing. Plus, most people claim that they have more energy after they workout. A little time pumping iron may be just the thing to push aside the anxieties you are carrying around inside of you.
3. Start something on Friday that you can finish on Monday.
Many times we dread Monday mornings because we know that there are certain projects that we have to tackle for the week. Why not get a headstart on Friday and begin something? That way, you don't have to overcome the initial procrastination tendencies that are present when you are starting something. You've already got momentum started from the week before.
4. Take the work out of weekends.
Too often we take our work home with us (because we have to, need to, or we want to). But if at all possible, try to create some boundaries in your life and let the weekends be a time where you plan and do enjoyable activities (this isn't to say work can't be fun, but when do you walk away?). Give yourself a breather from the grind. Take a short trip. Relax. Read a book that has nothing to do with your job.
5. Get up earlier than normal on Mondays.
Mondays can be hectic enough without feeling like you have to race everywhere or feel like you're already behind because you slept in. Get up a half-hour to an hour earlier and take your time. Have a leisurely breakfast. Read the paper. Exercise. If you start out the day racing, it will have a negative effect on the flow of your day.
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