There probably is no more important time to count your blessings if you will than on Monday morning. Many of us struggle with the thought of going back to the rigor of a job after a nice weekend, others have no issue with it. I’m the former most of the time, so I have taken it upon myself to not suffer the transition from weekend to work week as some type of burden or weekly negative event. Instead of starting the week out with some whiny negative attitude, the whole paradigm needs to shift. Here is my recommendation, start your Monday morning with a bit of exercise, which might be running, yoga, Pilates, walking, or chasing your significant other around the house, whatever gets you heart beating and breathing hard. The intent here is to burn off some energy and get into a state of relaxation. The next thing to do is sit down on the floor, close your eyes and meditate on the following:
- Give thanks to (God, Mohamed, Buddha, or Yourself) for being alive and healthy
- Think about the positive ways you will interact with everyone today
- Be thankful for what you have (look around it is all relative)
As you are focusing on these few thoughts take deep breaths inhaling and exhaling through your nose and try to drown out the noise in your head that is wanting you to think about To Do’s. See what happens when you get off the floor, get ready and drive into work.
Are you calmer?
Do you have a more positive outlook on the day?
Can you smile without faking it?
If you can say Yes to these three questions you have found a way to start out your Monday, and any other day of the week in the best possible state of mind.