Mondays can be awesome. Yes, you heard me. If you love what you do, Monday can be the best day of your week. Maybe you’re in between jobs, or not quite yet on the path you desire to be on. That’s ok! Mondays can still be magical. Small steps can make a big difference in our busy lives.
Take my grandmother for example. She lived a life full of love and happiness, working through the challenges of being a single mother of two in Los Angeles. Times were different back then, but there are things that will forever be the same: the power of positive thinking, the importance of kindness and sincerity, taking time for ourselves, and remembering how precious life really is.
My grandmother wrote an autobiography and left it to my family after she passed away this past February. She had written that Monday was her favorite day of the week. Seems crazy, but after 25 years of dedicating her life to her career as a school teacher, she looked back and remembered how every day was a gift.
I challenge you to love Monday. I implore you to find the awesome that exists in your Mondays, and every other day of the week for that matter. Live the life you want to live and love what you do. Time is precious and before we know it, our adventure here will bw over.
Sound too good to be true? Here’s a few things to help you get started.
1) Wake up and smile.
This may seem silly, but you should definitely try it. It’s a way to tell your brain that today is going to be a great day. Think of something that makes you happy. Take a big stretch and get up and start your day.
2) Tell yourself you’re beautiful.
This can be a real challenge, but I want you to do it anyway. Like anything else, it gets easier with practice. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you’re beautiful. Pick out one or two things that you love about yourself and acknowledge them.
3) Make someone else’s morning delightful.
Surprise your loved one, kids, or even your pet with a big hug and smile in the morning. Share something positive with them and help them have a good morning too.
4) Drink a glass of water and eat a snack before you start your day.
Fuel your body for the long day ahead.
5) Be grateful for what you have.
In the grand scheme of life, your Monday probably isn’t that bad. Think of people that are less fortunate than you and give thanks to what you have. Be grateful for your heath, your loved ones, your current financial status, and your career. Without these things, life would not be as beautiful, would it?
6) While driving to work, listen to music that you love and think about all that you’ve accomplished.
It’s ok, you can dance while you drive! Jam out on your way to work and get your juices flowing. As you begin to feel fully awake and present, take a moment to reflect on things that you’ve accomplished. What are you proud of? What have you done lately that has made you feel good about yourself?
7) Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!
Let’s face it, Monday’s sometimes ask us to do more things than we are capable of. Take a deep breath, and prioritize what absolutely has to get done. Make a list, and work through it one thing at a time.
8) Take a time out.
During a crazy day it’s essential that we stop, close our eyes, and breathe. Even if it’s just for a few moments, take the time to reconnect with yourself. A short 5 minute time out can make the world of a difference during a chaotic Monday work day.
9) Give out 3 compliments per day.
Not only will you most likely make someone else’s day, but you’ll feel a sense of happiness and kindness within yourself. Be brave.
10) Reconnect with your purpose.
Why are you here? What is your purpose in life? Sometimes we just need to take a few minutes to ask ourselves these kinds of questions. Our lives are often so busy and cluttered, that we forget what our true purpose is. Align yourself with what gives your life meaning and allows you to feel fulfilled.
Zuzu is an independent artist, photographer, yoga instructor, and adventure enthusiast in Austin, TX. Her days are filled with coffee, paint, and daydreams. She believes mistakes are simply a beautiful opportunity for growth and that our own life experiences serves as our most valuable teachers. Zuzu recently graduated from Wanderlust’s first Teacher Training Program and is on a mission to continually expand her consciousness while following her journey down the yogic path. She is currently experimenting with the concept of a floating yoga studio and mixed medium practice.