Monday motivation: 7 ways to start your week on an upswing

by Lindsay on August 23, 2010

in Attitude, Inspiration, Kindness, Personal Growth

Coming into the office after a nice weekend like the one I had is, in a word: tough. The rain this weekend really helped me cleanse and feel rejuvenated. Something we should all be doing during the Mercury Retrograde was backed up by Mother Nature when the rain came. After all, what else can one do on a rainy Sunday but relax, reflect and rejuvenate? Rain tends to bring some people down and while I understand why, it’s always had the opposite effect on me. I spent 4 years living in the Pacific Northwest and felt like that was truly home. The rainy days seem to suit me. There is nothing like falling asleep to the sound of rain against your window. Walking in the rain makes me feel refreshed and alive.

So, coming from a weekend like that – the kind I just don’t want to end – how do I get the week off to a good start? I came up with a list of 7 things that would be a good way to get the week started in an upswing in order to get a good, positive momentum going for the rest of the week.

1. Spend an hour on Monday morning devoted to personal development. Waking up early on Mondays is hard if you’ve spent your whole weekend partying, to be sure. But if you haven’t (or even if you have), follow the practice of rising early and spending an hour focusing on yourself.  Give yourself a Reiki treatment if you’re a practitioner. Journal. Meditate. Exercise. Do something just for you to start the day off right.

2. Sing/listen to music. I’m not much of a talker in the mornings, so I think I’ll opt out of the singing. However, listening to nice, calming music is a sure fire way to start my day off right. Some of you might prefer listening to something with a fast tempo to get you rejuvenated and your juices flowing. Music speaks to our souls and is a way to get our bodies moving and ready to face the day.

3. Avoid negativity. Keep the TV off – the morning news is often filled with bad news and warnings about traffic delays. This will only get us stressed out, even if only subconsciously. So turn off the TV and avoid negative talk radio – just tune out. The idea here is to start the week off positively.

4. Look around you. Yeah, that’s right. Most of us have the same routine commute that is so very similar every day, so we start to get “tunnel vision”. We become so wrapped up on our thoughts that we forget to look around. When I bike to work some days, I like to take a pause and look around me: notice the other bikers, the shop owners getting ready to open up,  the leaves on the trees, etc…Looking around gives us a new perception on the things we “see” (but don’t see) daily.

5. Read a positive quote every morning. My Mom, bless her heart, sends my sisters and I positive quotes on a daily basis. I always read them – even when I feel grumpy. Sometimes I think they’re just what I needed to read that day. A good service I found that delivers one to your inbox every day is offered through Positive Press.

6.  Buy a stranger their morning coffee. Not only would this get your week off to a good start, but it would get someone else’s off to a positive one as well. What could be better?

7.  Tell yourself you’re going to have a good day. Sure, you might have what feels like a million and one tasks ahead of you to face at work or in your personal life that week, but if you have a positive attitude, you just can’t go wrong. Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it. Choose to react positively, even (and especially) when it’s hard.

What do you do to get your week started off right? Share your ideas with us!

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Natalie August 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Dear Lindsey,

I, too love rainy afternoons…reading and tea..

I love Mondays because it feels like a new beginning, a whole new week waiting to be experienced, explored, full of new encounters, situations, challenges and joys for me to live through. Plus, I was born on a Monday, so it's also great to just take a few minutes honor myself on this day, simply for being me…

Much love

Natalie

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Lindsay August 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Natalie, I’d never considered honoring myself on the day of the week I was born (happens to be a Thursday for me). What a beautiful idea! Rain, reading and tea = perfect combination. I agree!

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Xenani August 26, 2010 at 5:44 am

You remind me of me. I’m subscribing. Cheers!

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Lindsay August 26, 2010 at 8:14 am

That’s a compliment! Thank you!

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Angeline February 13, 2012 at 5:21 am

These are great advice. Thanks and have a Super Week! Greetings from Mallorca (Spain).

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Lindsay February 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

Thank you so much – Happy Monday! :)

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