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How to Make Your Monday Suck Less ...

Ask anyone what day of the week they hate most, most are going to respond, “Monday.” I used to love Garfield cartoons with “I hate Mondays.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. I never looked forward to starting the new work week, so much so, I even hated Sunday nights. I would lie in bed, anxiously wanting to hurry up and fall sleep so I could battle my Monday blues head on. Of course, my brain would keep going and going, typical female problem, and I couldn’t get it to settle down long enough so I could fall asleep. I would then wake up ten minutes before the alarm went off, frustrated I did not get the eight hours I intended. Happy Monday!

When you first wake up, take in a big deep breath and exhale slowly. I don’t know why this works, but it always seems to help get the oxygen pumping and ready for actions.

Think positive. You don’t have to throw on a fake smile. However if you find your thoughts taking a negative route, make a u-turn. I am becoming a firm believer in if you think good things, good things will happen.

Set the coffee the night before. God bless my machine for that option. I can go right downstairs and pour a cup of heaven to get my energy flowing.

Listen to upbeat music. Music with a good beat can get you moving.

Take a lukewarm/cool shower. I always shower before bed. I can’t stand getting into my pj’s without bathing first. In the morning, I jump in just quick enough to wake myself up. Freezing cold water can send you into a shock, but a nice lukewarm shower is enough to wash the sleep away and give you a quick pick me up.

Don’t miss breakfast. Your body needs fuel. If you skip it, your body will start slowing down by mid-morning. Eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and legumes. Avoid the sugar and carbs. Coming down from a sugar high is like falling face first from a ten story building.

Take a walk. If you can get away from your desk, even for ten minutes, go outside and get a breath of fresh air. Walk around the block or do a quick jaunt up and down stairs. Get the blood flowing and you will feel better.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. You know that annoying coworker who thinks he knows everything or the one who laughs at his own tasteless jokes? Brush it off. In the grand scheme of things, they don’t matter.

Be prepared. On Fridays, I write a “to do” list for Monday. That way, I don’t have to think too hard in the morning trying to recount the activities of the previous week. I have a plan laid out for my Monday arrival.

Do something you love. Maybe Mondays suck because your job is not your ideal career. When we love what we do, we look forward to every day.

Play hooky. Hey, we all do some time. If you have the vacation days, why not take a day for yourself. I like Tuesday better anyway.