I love this quote and I think it’s great especially for a Monday. We moan so much about Monday, but I think if we really aren’t looking forward to the start of the week, there’s something wrong here and we need to change it. We should be looking forward to starting a new week!
And sometimes it’s not that we loathe Mondays but that we’ve let ourselves get talked into this mindset that we ought to hate Mondays. And since we’ve allowed ourselves to go along with this false mindset, it’s sometimes hard to get out of it.
So here’s some ways for waking up loving today – and especially for loving those ‘Monday todays’:
Wake up on the right side of bed.
So often when we wake up, our first reaction is to groan, hit the snooze button and roll over. Now I’m a fan of the snooze button myself, but I’m a big believer in starting the day in a good mood. As Anne of Green Gables said, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” Substitute ‘tomorrow’ with ‘today’ and keep this thought in mind as you roll out of bed! Turn on some music to put you into the mood as you get ready. Have a little dance as you choose your outfit. If you’re not a real morning person, you don’t have to be super perky aka Cameron Diaz shaking her butt in front of her mirror in Charlie’s Angels, but just greet the day with a smile not a frown.
Organise your day the night before.
You’d start the day better if you’ve already done some prepping for the morning. So lay out your outfit and have all the things you need in your bag, ready to grab and go. Prep a little breakfast too or even just a cup of coffee to have in your hand. If you have a diary, Sunday night is a great time to organise your week ahead and block out time for what you need to get done so you can start the day knowing exactly what you want to get done in certain blocks of time. Moral of the story is, you’d be in a better headspace if you’re not scrambling round in the morning in a rush.
Have something to look forward to on the day.
It could be just a quick coffee at lunch time with a friend or workmate, a stop on the way home to buy a fresh bunch of flowers, a fun gym class, dinner with friends or even just a promise to yourself to cook a nice dinner and have it with that movie you’ve been meaning to watch for a while. Just have something nice planned for yourself as a reward that you’re looking forward to for the day!
Set your alarm early to meditate.
I don’t want to seem cliche here, but starting the day off with a quick meditation can really help get you into a positive mindset. It could be as short as anywhere from a 15-10 minute meditation and all you have to do is push your covers back, plump your pillows up on the bed head and sit up with your back resting against the pillows before you start your meditation. You don’t need to leave your bed to meditate! You could just close your eyes and concentrate on breathing or have a mantra you want to focus on for the day such as ‘I will be kind to myself today.’ There are also some free short guided morning meditations available on YouTube which you could call up on your phone to help you start your day. It’s a great way to bring yourself into a focused, calm and positive state of mind for the day and it won’t take longer than 10 minutes.
Start the day with a workout.
If meditation is too laid-back for you, you could wake up earlier for a workout instead! You’ll kickstart your endorphins aka your happy hormones plus you’ll have that self-satisfied glow of getting your daily exercise out of the way and having already ticked one thing off your list even before you’ve hit the shower and had breakfast.
So these are some of the ways which I use to start my morning in a positive frame of mind. I don’t do all of them at once, but just abiding by one or a combination of a couple of these steps never fail to get me in the right mood for the day. Happy Monday!