Few people like Sundays – or at least Sunday evenings. People start feeling the dread of Monday’s morning. I must say that I stopped feeling that way since high-school, simply because I realised that everything was pretty much “head-made”: it’s all about the meaning you create and live by.
If you like to feel bad about yourself, your work and life in general as soon as Sunday goes by, well then keep navigating through your blues, but if you are fed up of feeling the unnecessary negativity associated with Mondays then you need to work out on your attitude and thoughts. At least, that was what I did back then and it worked pretty well as I am now always looking forward to welcome a new Monday.
use your Sunday to take care of yourself, relax and prepare for the upcoming week
One of the things I did to change how Sundays and Mondays impacted my mood was to see Sunday as an incredible opportunity to prepare for what is coming and therefore assume that Monday will actually be a good to me. Mondays became, therefore, a time in which something new unfolds – and that always sparkles excitement. So basically if you want to overcome the “Monday Blues”, you must:
- reprogram your Sundays, and
- reframe the meaning you attribute to Mondays
Now this post particularly touches on the first point: reprogramming your Sunday. How do you do that? Well, instead of losing time with that feeling of dread, use your Sunday to take care of yourself, relax and prepare for the upcoming week. See it as warm up; a moment to slowly transition from the weekend’s laid back attitude to a more work-focused mindset. Please, let me repeat an important word here: s-l-o-w-l-y.
And how can you do this? I am giving you three suggestions below which I personally use for my own mind shift, so I can prepare both mind and body for a successful week at work. Here are my three favourites:
1. Making Self-Care the Priority
Self-care is something very personal. Each person has his/her own self-care activities or preferences. I usually reserve this day to shape my eyebrows, do a deep facial cleanse, and catch up with fellow bloggers. I usually do all these in the morning and early afternoon, so I can generate good feelings within and refill my emotional cup for the week.
2. Meal Preparation
I love food, so I love this one. Being in a Fitness Journey – or I would say Wellbeing Journey actually – requires us to eat well and make sure that throughout the week we keep faithful to our healthy eating commitment. The way I found to do that is to do some meal preparation and setting up some snacks to take to work with me. I usually do this later in the evening, because I see it as an in-between activity between “self-care” and “work”.
3. List of Work Commitments
After preparing my meals and snacks for the week, I like to sit down and look at my calendar. I often make some to-do lists and I enumerate several things I need to do during the week at work. This helps me a lot getting into a more “working-mindset” without much effort and it also reduces uncertainty because while I am doing the list I am not only freeing my mind of worries but I am also materialising the things I need to get done and that gives me more clarity.