We all want an extra day between Saturday and Sunday. And while we can dream all we want, Monday rears its ugly head every week whether we like it or not. But just because the weekend is over doesn’t mean we have to be stressed. A few minor adjustments to your daily routine can make life so much easier come Monday morning.
[Warning: you might experience a dramatic reduction of stress that lasts all week.]
Need to get organized? Stay calm? Motivate yourself? Take 10 minutes before you start your work day to really hone in on what you feel like you’re lacking. Sit up nice and tall, breathe deeply, and try to embody that feeling just for 10 minutes. In a way, you’re faking it ‘til you make it, but what’s the harm in trying? See if that doesn’t help relax the tension you might have going into work. Before you know it, you’ll be rocking the right attitude without even trying.
Don’t let a case of the Mondays infiltrate your weekend. If you find yourself getting anxious about your inbox on Sunday, take a few minutes to clear your mind so you can actually rest and recuperate over the weekend. But before getting sucked into the trap of emailing, stressing, and working over the weekend, instead bring your focus to preparing your mind for a week of work ahead. Instead of dreading what’s to come, meditate on what opportunities you are grateful for. Slowly retraining your brain to see the positive and fruitful aspects of hard work will help you willingly slip into the week without all of the stress and anxiety.
While it might be tempting to squeeze every last minute of sleep in before getting back to work, an early morning can give you the extra time and clarity you need to make sure you start the week on the right foot. Find an activity that calms you, (anything from exercising, reading, or cooking a healthy breakfast), and give yourself the luxury of having that time to yourself.
When planning out your day, go out of your way to schedule reminders to be mindful and calm your mind. This is especially useful for big projects that might take a long time to accomplish. Practice mindful procrastination by scheduling small amounts of time to reboot mentally before getting back to the grind.