I’m super guilty of getting the Sunday Blues—that dreadful feeling that rolls around on Sunday afternoon or evening and leads you to start thinking about how your days of weekend bliss are waning, a present mind goes out the window, and all you can think about is how Monday is just around the corner. Well, Monday doesn’t have to suck. With a little preparation and mindset shift, you can feel rested after the weekend and be thankful for the coming day—another day to do the things you love and make an impact on the world. Here are a few things I recommend doing to start your week off on the right foot.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes morning meditation is not at the top of my to-do list. However, whenever I do prioritize it, I definitely notice an uptick in the quality of my day. Sit in silence and do some deep breathing before heading out for work, use an app like Headspace for guided meditation, or repeat a simple mantra for a few minutes to set the tone for your day. I also follow my meditation with prayer for the perfect beginning to my morning.
Can I express to you the joy I feel when I open my fridge and see containers of prepped healthy and delicious food? Like, there is literally nothing better. I instinctively feel like a rockstar when this happens and I know I’ll have lots of nourishing options for when hunger strikes either during work or for dinner. Take some time out of your Sunday to meal prep and you’ll feel just as great, I promise!
Work It Out
While you’re waiting for your veggies to roast in the oven, pack your gym bag and book a class with your favorite instructor for Monday. Whether it’s in the morning, afternoon,or evening, make time to move. Even if you take an active rest day you can plan to take a nice morning walk just to get some fresh air and get some gentle movement in before you begin your week.
Make It Fun
We make Monday out to be this dreadful day, but why can’t we be just as excited about it as we are Friday—if not more? It’s the first day of the week and can really set the tone for the rest of your week, so make it special! Plan to meet up with a friend for lunch, treat yourself to a new workout, or buy yourself some flowers on Sunday so that you wake up to a beautiful bouquet. Take the stigma out of Monday and it’ll feel a whole lot better.