Let’s face it, most of us are not Monday fans.
It all begins Sunday evening when we begin to anticipate that annoying “BLEEP, BLEEP, BLEEP” of our alarms sounding off, the groggy head fog that lasts until 12noon, and then there’s that one co-worker who’s chipper AF and you just want to punch them in the face and go back to bed.
Whew. I’m feeling the stress and anxiety already. Is there anything that can be done to stop the madness of these “M” letter days?!
Why yes, there is!
We’ve all heard the phrase, “never miss a Monday.” Typically, it refers to exercise and the fact that if you don’t miss a Monday, you’ll continue your fitness routine throughout the week without a slip-up. The same philosophy applies if you practice self-care.
The difference between these two actions is that “never miss a self-care Monday” actually begins Sunday evening. Here is a list of the self-care steps you can take to make your Monday morning a little less dreadful.
Step 1: Get your Zzzz’s. The 8-10 hours of sleep experts suggested doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. I’m a firm believer that it can vary depending on the individual and their activity level. So, find out what your sweet sleep spot is and stick to it. I like to do a few yoga poses to get my body and brain prepped for a dreamy slumber.
Proper sleep can:
- Improves memory
- Spurs creativity
- Sharpens attention
- Lowers stress
Step 2: Move your body – do some yoga. Yes, first thing in the morning, even if it’s for 10 minutes. Do a few rounds of sun salutations to wake up and clear your head fog. Rise and shine your muscles and joints by moving and breathing.
A little moving can:
- Improve your concentration
- Unlock energy flow
- Relieves pain and tension
- Lowers blood pressure
Step 3: Fuel, Rinse & Repeat. Feed your body a nutritious breakfast and drink a tall glass of water. Always running late? Sorry, that’s no excuse. Prep your healthy on-the-go breakfast Sunday night so it’s ready when you are.
Healthy grub and plenty of water can:
- Combat fatigue
- Improve digestion
- Sharpen your creativity
- Put a smile on your face
Step 4: Reward & Recharge. Reward yourself and pack yourself a treat in your lunch, or write yourself an inspirational note to read over your break – something motivating to get you through to quittin’ time. Recharge and watch a TED talk on your work break or chat with a co-worker about their weekend (save this until after lunch… just in case your co-worker has their Godzilla on!)
Rewarding and recharging can:
- Brighten your mood
- Release endorphins
- Give you a mid-day production boost
- Improve your teamwork
There’s so much more you can do to improve your new “never miss a Monday,” but these are just a few of my go-to’s. Practicing this new Monday routine will start your week off better and about-face your end of the week. Now get up, get out there and never miss a self-care Monday!
What are your never miss a Monday tips? What do you do to lessen the Monday blues? I want to know!