It's Monday morning. The alarm goes off (or doesn't) and it's time to get up and start the day and start the week. But somehow, the thought of getting out of bed seems impossible. You don't feel rested, you don't feel motivated, you don't feel like doing anything but throwing the covers over your head...
We all have days like this. I am often asked for tips on how to deal with the Monday morning blues... Here are some of my suggestions - hope at least one of them can help kick start your day!
1. Get an early start. Give yourself "you" time in the morning, even if that means only 5 minutes. Take the time to do something that helps you feel centered, whether it's reading the paper, enjoying a cup of coffee, or just having some quiet time before the day really begins. If you start the day rushed and anxious, that will usually set the tone for your day and that's not a good way to start!
2. Review your "to do" list. Know what your most important goals are for the day. If you don't have a list, make one. Get it out of your head and make a priority list of what you need to accomplish for the day. This should help you prioritize your time and better manage your day.
3. Review your "to don't" list. Yes, really. If you keep track of those things which can help you recognize unproductive habits, it can be a good tool to help you realize some of the things which are throwing you off track. Things like spending too much time worrying or dwelling on the past mistakes you feel you made, or not taking the time to exercise or eat healthy foods.
4. Eat a healthy breakfast. Do NOT skip breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast will provide you with the energy and nutrition your body needs to stay energized and healthy. Eating breakfast also has the potential to help you acheive and maintain a healthy weight. Make a healthy protein shake (email me for recipies) or have a piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter or oatmeal with some almonds. Nutrient dense foods - whole grains, nuts, yogurt are some of the foods that will keep you going.
5. Exercise. If you're not a "morning" person, then make the time to exercise later in the day. Your body is meant to move. Your physical and mental health require exercise to stay healthy and balanced. Set a realistic goal for yourself if you are not already exercising. Even if that means 5 minutes in the afternoon and 5 minutes in the evening. Start somewhere. Remember that it takes at least 21 days to create a new habit. If you set a goal that is reachable, you are more likely to attain that goal. No matter how busy you are, you can always find time for 5 minutes! You owe that to yourself and once you start making exercise a normal part of your day, you will notice how much better you feel.
That's it for now!
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