I used to dread Mondays. I was NOT a morning person. I would hit that snooze button and groan that I was tired/cold/etc. I would look ahead to the long week and worry about all the problems that I was just sure would be hurling at me all week.
I’m so glad that I have discovered that life doesn’t happen TO us, it happens FOR us. We have the power to choose how we will react to every situation we face. We can decide to let things fester, or roll with the punches. We can choose not to let a bad moment turn into a bad day.
Over the past few months, I have gradually changed how I approach mornings, so that they now feel completely different to me than they once did. I actually LIKE mornings. A new day is such a blessing, and there are so many amazing things that can happen!
How did I become a “morning person”? I DECIDED I was going to. That was the first step. Once I learned that we are what we focus on, I decided to focus on being happy in the morning. So, what did I do to make it happen?
First, I began disabled the snooze feature on my alarm. There is no longer a plan B. Getting up on time is going to happen. Period. When we use the snooze, there are a few negative consequences. First of all, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to lay around and think negative thoughts about the day ahead. Secondly, we end up forcing ourselves into a time-crunch that leaves us feeling stressed. Not a good way to start.
Secondly, I start every morning by meditating on the things I am grateful for, and on reading something positive for at least 10 minutes. We are what we think about, so I make myself think about positive things.
After that, I go work out. Every. Single. Day. (On rest days, I just do stretching). No excuses. I press play on that workout program and get my sweat on. This is huge in setting the tone for my day. It makes me feel accomplished. It boosts my energy and my mood. I feel stronger, healthier and happier after a workout.
The result of all this? I no longer hate Mondays! I now see them as a new opportunity to crush some goals and have a great week! Do I still have difficulties at work? Yep. Do my kids still drive me nuts sometimes? Of course! But I am now able to focus on all the positive things in my life, and put the difficulties into proper perspective.
Want to have a better week? Decide you WILL, and then try some of these strategies!
And please leave a comment to let me know if they help!