Have you ever had the most stereotypical Monday in time? Me too. If you live in the US., tomorrow will be your “Monday” in some cases, like mine, and all I can say is thank God for that, as I’m so into maximizing threw day weekends.
Do Mondays give you toxic memories of your first day back at school after an enjoyable summer break and the anxiety that went along with that? (or just waking up for school in general?)
Me too. I used to go to bed with a stomach ache and tossed and turned all night before the first day of school without fail.
Do you watch beauty gurus’ vlogs where they get to literally wake up any time they want and play with makeup all day as long as they keep making awesome videos and think when can I just start working for myself? Just me? Wait– you too? I knew it. (Admittedly, beauty gurus hustle as much as the rest of us, except they’re on their own schedules, which is awesome.)
Here are 5 things I do most Monday mornings to avoid rolling out of bed like a zombie and taking a half hour nap on the toilet and to cope with the anxiety surrounding the week ahead and work in and of itself.
1. Wake up a little earlier than usual.
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I might sound crazy right now and I bet you’re thinking after my crazy fun long weekend and that last glass of wine, are you freaking kidding me?
Hear me out. Waking up even 10 minutes earlier will do wonders for your morning routine and mood in general. There’s nothing I hate more about getting ready for work, and Mondays in particular, than scrambling around like a crazy marble in a pinball machine aimless and barely on time.
Sit down, have a cup of coffee or tea and truly enjoy it. Say a positive thing about yourself in the mirror. Do your no makeup makeup routine. Whatever you normally do will be ten times more enjoyable with no rush.
2. Have a healthy but dessert like yummy treat or something else you like ready to go
Are you the type to wait until Monday morning to find breakfast and end up eating any random protein bar you can find at 7 Eleven? I’ve done that so many times so no judgment. You don’t have to make a three course breakfast to feel good. If you have the cooking chops, awesome.
Meal prepping yummy chia puddings or smoothies is not too complicated and produces delicious results.
Buying a delicious box of healthy muffins has worked for me. I like Zen Bakery’s and Trader Joe’s muffins sweetened with grape juice. Some have bran in the ingredients and they’re berry, mango, pumpkin, and apple spice flavored. My favorite is pumpkin.
They’re all packed with nutrients, keep you full to the fiber, and make it so easy to have a decent breakfast without feeling obligated to meal prep or spend have of your paycheck on fancy ingredients. Yogurt and nuts and honey is another easy and affordable option. I wake up and look forward to actually doing so instead of stumbling around miserably lamenting everything.
3. Have Your Outfit and Skincare & Makeup Staples Ready to Go
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve spent half of my time getting ready in the morning looking for a pair of matching socks, a particular scarf, my phone, etc. This is one of the worst morning habits you can acquire. Cut it off! It’s not that hard to have your outfit neatly folded and ready to go on your bed and it makes a world of difference. Spend like 20 mins Sunday night organizing your makeup staples and morning skincare essentials in a little bin in your bathroom.
If you’re a scarf hoarder like me, and tend to top off every outfit with one, it may be worth your while to spend fifteen minutes assembling them with an organizer or other system that works for you.
Getting organized will actually make you feel happy. I’m not lying to you. It will even make going out to dinner or a night out even more enjoyable. If you hate even the idea of organizing, play music while doing so!
4. Read your goal journal/planner
Once you make it to work, school, or wherever your destination is, go over a goal journal to remind yourself of why you’re even there and of the good things ahead. If you don’t have one, start one. I have a planner and goal journal / notebook at the moment.
Both work for me. Write down one goal for the day, a positive thing to be grateful for, and one goal for for the week.
5. Ask yourself one question
In 2005 Steve Jobs mentioned at an address at Stanford that he asked himself one simple question to put everything in perspective:
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”