As we adjust to the change in seasons, schedules and the world around us, Vixens, some things remain the same, including the challenge to make Mondays more enjoyable. While the start of the week might seem like the gift of fresh opportunity for some, for most of us it can come with a sense of dread.
We put together a list of 5 things you can do to make Monday about the same as the rest of the week, or even something pleasant to look forward to!
Plan for pleasantness
It sounds strange, but a better start to your week Monday actually begins at the end of your week – whether that is Friday, or a different day. By planning for a good start, you are setting both the intention and the framework for a better experience. Some ways to do this include writing a list of the things you need to tackle at the beginning of the week so that you don’t have to think about them while you are relaxing. Another approach is to schedule your upcoming week and the end of the current one so you can dedicate blocks of time to the things you know are important. This way you don’t have to think about it on Monday morning and you have a plan before you start your day.
Exercise nervous energy
If you experience a sense of anxiety, or a rush of nervous energy on Sunday evening, you might want to try burning it off with some light exercise. You could take a class from our virtual library, or spend 30 minutes doing your favourite low impact cardio. Burning off that nervous energy will help ground any sense of anxiety and will also help you connect with your body, breath and mind, which can be a meditative experience.
If you aren’t in the mood for cardio, you can also try a yin/yang yoga class where you end your practice with some deep breathing to activate your relaxation response and help you sleep a little better.
Solo self care Sundays
If you find yourself exhausted on Sunday nights and dreading having to be social with your school or work mates on Monday then you might want to schedule some solo self care Sundays. Spending some time on your own can help you reconnect with how you’re feeling physically, physiologically and psychologically which can help you find a sense of stability. You might do this through meditation, journaling, making yourself a meal you enjoy, talking to someone you care about, or sinking into a good book or film. Whatever you choose, try to ensure it feels relaxing and restorative so you can slide into sleep with more ease.
While the start of the week might feel like the worst time to be creative, try deliberately building in a little time for creativity. You could dance – whether it’s freestyle or to choreo that you create or learn, sing, write, or explore a creative work that you enjoy. These activities will help refresh and inspire you, and will also help you feel like you have a little bit more control over your day and how it plays out.
Make room to mope
Sometimes, no matter what you do, the beginning of your week might be miserable and that is okay. You might not want to get out of bed or you might need the promise of a treat to make it through that first meeting. In a life where things are constantly changing, it is challenging to be enthusiastic and productive. We hope that these tips help make it easier, but if you find yourself trapped in weeks of endless Mondays please talk to someone you trust, or a trained counsellor who can help connect you with more resources.
Happy Mondays Vixens! We hope your weeks begin well.