Making Mondays Count

Mondays. For most of us, it’s the start of the work week. The day we wish we could skip. But we can’t. As long as we’re alive, it’s inevitable. The feeling of the Monday blues doesn’t even hit us on Monday morning. It covers us like a cloud every Sunday night. We prep our clothes (the responsible ones prep food for the week). We wind down and prepare our minds for the next five days of the work week. We know we have to deal with that annoying co-worker or stare at the computer for eight hours. Let’s not even start discussing meetings.

If there was a way to get rid of this feeling, I would do it in a heartbeat. I know it all too well.

I am a victim of the Monday blues, but I’m determined to change my mindset to relieve myself of this burden. If change doesn’t happen now, my productivity will continue to suffer. Some of the changes I made started several months go. (Negative self-talk was my second language to English.) I started listening to Therapy for Black Girls and Impact Theory podcasts to unlearn what I thought about myself and re-evaluate my life. I’ve also participated in a Tune-up Thursday session sponsored by a local motivational speaker.

But Monday mornings still plagued me. Since we’re still in the first month of the new year, I’ve listed several intentions that I have set to help me get over my Monday blues. Some activities are completed Sunday night to relax before Monday morning.

Sunday Night Tips

  • Turn off the TV. I’m a light sleeper, so it’s best for me to limit light and sound when I sleep. Also, the glare alters my perception of time and inner clock.
  • Sleep sound apps. I use Relax Melodies to help me relax and sleep. I fall asleep in minutes. You can customize the sounds to help you sleep. There are also guided meditations to help you relax, sleep, focus, and reenergize.
  • Silence the cell phone. Text messages, phone calls, social media notifications – they have us behaving like Pavlov’s dogs. We’ve trained our minds to jump at every alert. To fight the temptation to constantly check my phone at night, I put the ringer on Do Not Disturb. This allows me to ignore the notifications, but I can still receive calls from a priority contact.
  • Prayer. I’ve prayed myself to sleep many times. I’ve also used the feature on my Youversion app to read Bible scripture. The narrator’s voice is monotonous and puts me to sleep.
  • A warm shower and hot beverage before bed. My favorite beverage is herbal tea or Natural Calm magnesium drink.
  • Stretching. This can energize you and relax you. Google or YouTube stretching before bed to watch a tutorial on stretching.
  • Get your clothes and lunch ready. This will help to combat the morning rush in your house.

Monday Morning Tips

  • Wake up an hour earlier. This will give you extra time to calm yourself before your day gets started. You can journal, meditate, or exercise. Use the time for journaling and meditation to practice positive self-talk.
  • Tune into a podcast or motivational video. Listening to a motivational talk in the morning helps me to focus my attention and prepare for the day with a positive mindset.
  • Start your own motivational live video or recruit friends to join a video conference. This is something I’m aspiring to do so I can set my intentions for the day and the week.

I hope you are able to put this list to use and that we move from Monday blues to Monday victories.

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