Who doesn’t need a little help getting motivated on a Monday morning? I know I certainly do!
I’m fine once I get back into my weekday routine, but getting started can be rough.
I’ve decided to do a weekly post every Monday to help us all kick start the week.
I will look for new, or tried and true, inspiring things to share.
Quote I’m loving:
“Your body can do anything,
it’s your mind you have to convince.”
This is very powerful when you think about it.
So many times we hold ourselves back just by the way we think.
How can you convince your mind to do something that you aren’t motivated to do? (Like wake up early and go to work Monday morning.)
Here are some easy things I do to get back into the swing of things after a weekend break. They get me into a good mood which then improves my motivation.
Play your favorite song
Listening to music has many benefits. It can instantly change your mood. When I’m dragging myself to work, I crank up the volume to my favorite tunes on my drive.
It’s amazing how quickly this can put you in a good mood! In fact, scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.
This is one of my favorites! Eat breakfast on your front porch, take a walk around the block, or take your recycling can to the curb. Anything outside.
Nature has a magical way of invigorating. Science shows that even just looking out a window can be beneficial.
What kind of a list would this be without exercise on it? I love to exercise early in the morning, but usually can’t get myself out of bed in time to do it. If you’re the same way, don’t sweat it! (hahaha, ok, sorry, couldn’t resist that one) Anything you do that can get your adrenaline flowing before you start your day can work. When I’m running late, I dance while brushing my teeth. This may seem odd, but trust me, it works! It starts releasing those feel good endorphins.
Go to bed early on Sunday night.
I’m the last one who can say anything about going to bed early, but on the rare occasions that I do get to bed at a decent hour, the next day I feel really good.
Organize your day ahead of time
Friday plan your day out for Monday. This frees your mind which reduces stress. You don’t have to think about what to do, you just look at your planner and check things off one at a time. When you don’t have to think about your next step, your mind doesn’t have as much time to debate doing it or not.
Talk to someone
Make an effort to talk to someone. Anyone. You can say good morning to your mailman, co-worker, a family member. Talk about something fun you did over the weekend. Talk about your plans for the day. Ask them how their weekend was. Studies have shown that the more people you talk to in a day, the happier you are. When you are happy, your motivation tends to stay higher.
Mondays can be a challenge! You can do little things like these and they will make a big difference in how your week starts out. As a matter of fact, they are a great way to start ANY day!
I would be really happy to hear tips on how you kick-start your week. If you have something you’d like to share, please leave a comment!