I never get Sunday blues. For me, Mondays bring the promise of a new start, a clean slate, and the opportunity to make your week even better than the last.
Some weeks are quiet and some are extra busy, this is true for most of us. However your week looks, there is always something to be positive about. How do I know that? Because you create that positive thing for yourself. In fact, my secret to having a great week, every week, is to make sure that there is at least one thing every day that I can do just for myself.
Having two children under the age of five, means that there is always something for me to do, if I’m not cooking, I’m washing up, doing laundry, paperwork, homework, work-work (yes that too), tidying up, or making snacks at the constant request of my girls. Then of course there is the attempted toilet training. I refuse to us a potty, so it’s ‘Tell mummy when you need to go to toilet ok?’ ‘Ok mummy, I good girl’. A few minutes later after a wee on said toilet, and a fresh pull up, we get ‘mummy I done a poo-poo’. The. Sheer. Joy.
Anyway, I digress, my original point being that life is busy for us all, and almost everyone experiences periods of stress, with Mondays generally being seen as the start of another long week.
I used to feel that way, but then I changed my attitude towards Mondays, and now I love them, yes, it really IS possible.
So you’re sitting there on a Sunday evening, feeling a bit glum at the prospect of work, or your never-ending chores. STOP- lets be proactive about this. Get yourself a notepad and a pen, lets make your to-do list for the week. Split the things that need to be done, across the five coming days and make a plan of the things you’re going to get done. Ok, now have a look over the list, you’ve probably listed all the important, practical tasks. Go back, and on each day add a activity just for you. It could be something that only lasts 10 minutes if that’s all you can spare. Examples of the kind of things on my list are:
- watch an episode of my favourite show
- do a face mask
- do a mindfulness guided meditation
- read a chapter or two of a book
- look through a magazine
- watch a film
- paint my nails
- have a bubble bath
Just one thing, for you and only you, every day.
When Monday morning arrives, take a deep breath, relax. Out comes Mondays list. Forget about the lists for the other days, take your week one day at a time as much as possible. Get Mondays tasks checked off, because feeling like you’ve had a productive day, you feel more relaxed. That sense of achievement brings a certain level of calm.
If your issue with Mondays is the fact that you hate your job, then keep your eye out for posts coming soon, on goal setting and making changes.
I really do hope that you’re smiling by the time next Monday comes around!