Are you feeling it -that Monday vibe which comes around at the beginning of each week? I was talking with my trainer at the gym this morning, and he was saying how he found himself feeling a bit groggy…still in the process of waking up. He also noted that his clients seemed a little less motivated today. Coincidence? I think not.
So how do we get out of this Monday funk? Well, perhaps the first step comes before Monday begins. Perhaps, the first step begins on Sunday, by paying attention to your thoughts about the week ahead. So, what are the thoughts that you are thinking on Sunday about the week ahead? Are they positive? Or, are you dreading going back to work and/or to additional responsibilities?
The truth is, all of the thoughts you have on Sunday are setting the intention for Monday (and really, the whole week!). Because our thoughts and feelings are directly connected, here are some things to keep in mind: If your thoughts are positive going into the week ahead, you are more likely to have a great start to your week. If your thoughts are negative, you are more likely to feel bummed heading into the week. Our thoughts and feelings also impact to our behavior. Think about it: are you MORE or LESS likely to hit the snooze button on Monday if you are thinking negatively going into the week? If those thoughts are negative, are you MORE or LESS likely to groan, complain, or have a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach?
YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF HOW YOU WANT THE WEEK AHEAD TO BE. If you find that you are one of those folks dreading the week ahead, carve out some time on Sunday and work on changing your thoughts to more positive ones. Tell yourself: “I got this! This is going to be a great week!” Write down some positive affirmations. Maybe you want to take a step further, and jot down your goals for the week. Trust me, adding these things to your Sunday routine will make a HUGE difference in how your Monday goes!
If work stress is getting in the way of your happiness, talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. If you are having some difficulty feeling motivated, or, you find that you are irritated or depressed when thinking about the week ahead, contact a professional (like me) to help you develop some coping strategies to bring back some joy in your life!