I totally understand… Mondays are hard. They are the reality check of the week. They day when your fun weekend turns into facing work and the daily grind once again. I used to dread Sunday nights, because it meant Monday was coming and I needed to get back into work mode. I would wake up on Mondays grouchy and sad that I couldn’t sleep in or go hang out with friends. It would affect my mood the rest of the day, and all I would think about was coming home from work or school to take a nap or binge watch TV. It got so bad I finally had a heart-to-heart talk with myself and said I needed to change. I realized that my attitude wasn’t right and I was not glorifying God through it. Instead of treating every day as an opportunity to point my life back to Him I was being self-centered with my time, actions and attitude.
So that next Monday when I woke up, I told myself things would be different, and I was amazed at how much better my day and week were because of it. I began to enjoy the little things throughout the week, I was happier and less stressed, and best of all I didn’t dread Mondays any more.
These are some of the things that helped me shake my Monday blues!
This has been a huge game changer for me, because it helps ground me and remind me of my ultimate purpose for being here. When I started reading my Bible daily, I found myself thinking about it more throughout the day, praying more and finding chances to talk to people about God. I also love just sitting in silence in the morning, before the hustle and bustle of the day starts, talking to the Lord. It’s those quiet moments that I have begun to yearn for, and make me excited to wake up every morning.
This has been a tough one lately, but things are SO much better when I get this in! When I get up and go on a run or do a workout in my apartment, it raises my heart rate, gets me sweating and wakes me up better than any amount of coffee can. I also love the feeling of knowing I got my workout in before 5:30AM and have the rest of the day to get work done. What I’ve been telling myself lately is that the extra 30-45 minutes of “sleep” I would get after turning off my alarm are just not worth it to skip a morning workout.
When I have something fun to do after school, whether it be a TV show I’ve been saving to watch, meeting up with a friend for coffee or even going on a quick shopping trip before heading home, I just wake up with a better attitude. Knowing you have something to look forward to really changes the way you approach the day! I also love going on runs with my husband after school (when that morning workout didn’t happen), and if I have something yummy planned for dinner, I am excited to come home and enjoy it. Sometimes I like to plan nothing after work, which is what can help get me through a tough day. There are times when just doing nothing are exactly what I need.
This is a biggy for me! I actually have my salad for lunch tomorrow all bottled up in a mason jar, waiting for me to grab on my way out the door. Sometimes (especially on Mondays!) I just run late for no better reason than my body is moving slowly that morning. When I have my lunch already prepped for the next day, I’m able to cut off about 15-20 minutes of time in the morning (which can be crucial sometimes), and I am much less stressed about getting so much done before heading out the door. That’s one of the reasons I love meal prep Sundays!
This is a no-brainer, but I cannot start my day off without coffee. I like to set the timer at night (when I remember), so my coffee is perked and ready for me the minute I wake up. When I know there will be coffee waiting for me, it makes my morning just a little bit brighter.
I know this isn’t always feasible, but when I’m feeling a funk coming on or have a serious case of the Monday blues, I like to try to schedule some “me time”. This may mean spending 15 minutes in the car before coming inside, waking up a little earlier in the morning to enjoy a few extra minutes of peace and quiet, or going on a nice long walk with Lillie before cooking dinner. I have the privilege right now of not having any children to take care of so I can do those things when I need to. I know when I start having kids that will change, but we’ll figure that one out when it comes!
And here are some fun quotes I found that I hope encourage you and help you through today! Enjoy your Monday, and remember that we are here to point our lives to Christ.
What are some things you do when you are battling the Monday blues?