Mute It On Mondays!
I was looking over the lyrics to a song titled, “Manic Mondays” made by the popular ‘80’s group, The Bangles. One line that stood out to me was, of course, the hook of the song, “It’s just another manic Monday”. I am pretty sure that at least one of you feels a little manic trying to get your day started this morning. Mondays can be that way for a lot of people. “Monday morning blues” as we know it. There is plenty of research out there that shows that being dissatisfied with one’s job is a factor, loathing going to work. There are other factors to consider as well, such as, the lingering lazies from the weekend, post vacation return, and maybe even some other issues you may have going on. There are a few suggestions I would like to make to help you through this. You are not alone. Thanks for joining me. Your comments are warmly welcomed!
1. As mentioned before, Monday morning blues are real, but also conceptual. In other words, it makes sense in theory, but you can alter how you allow the concept to materialize in your mood or disposition. First thing is to mute it! Mute what? Stop listening to the voice in your head that keeps telling you that you are feeling bad. Stop anticipating that things are getting worse, even if you are dealing with challenges. You will have a more productive day by shifting your thought energies on purpose. See, the more you think about your blues, the worse it gets. Reminds me of a hard to reach itch that you can’t get to. The more you think about that area, the more it itches uncontrollably. Ignore it. Mute it!
2. Another strategy that has worked for me is changing my posture. I know this sounds crazy, but our posture gives somewhat of a clue as to what is really going on within us. It’s not the be-all measurement, but it is a clue. Stand up straight. Breathe! Raise your chest high. Roll your shoulders back, then relax. Give yourself a nod of approval, as though to say, “I’ve got this”!
3. I promise you this next one works. Start the night before. Let one of the last things you do on Sunday nights be something that will create good positive energy flow in the morning. By deciding you’re going to have a great week on Sunday night is a step in the right direction. Furthermore, organize at least one area of your life that will make it simpler for you when Monday rolls around. You can eliminate a whole lot of morning scurrying by simply pre-planning the night before. You definitely want to start the morning off on the good foot, so why not begin early?
4. Music is my go-to! Music is a mood manager. If you want to be in a great mood, put on some good music that lifts your spirits. I live by this. As you’re getting ready for work, making your coffee or tea, eating your breakfast, or driving in your car, play some good music that will inspire and motivate you. Mute out anything that puts you in a bad headspace. Play music that speaks to the fun, creative, delightful, and invincible side of you!
5. Be generous. Studies show that people who give are happier people. What can you give someone today? Be generous. You’ve heard of people who show “random acts of kindness”? Let that person be you! Mute out anything that promotes selfishness. Be well so that you can help others to be well. Kindness and generosity are timeless attributes that promote healthy communities. Be a light to someone in your community!
Be alive so you can thrive! Make this your BEST day ever!