The usual thought most of us have at the beginning of the week is “Oh, no! It’s Monday again!”, “I hate Mondays”, “I don’t want it to be Monday”, “I wish it was Friday” and so on, and so forth. We have those negative thoughts, we’re miserable for most of the day and we make sure we give ourselves a pretty bad start of the week. You know what, it’s NOT poor Monday’s fault and I have a few tips for you on how to start loving that day.
Imagine for a second that Monday was a person, or better yet, imagine you were Monday! What a horrible feeling! You’re being hated by the majority of your friends and colleagues, and even you despise yourself.
It’s not poor thing’s fault that a looong time ago somebody decided that we need to start all the routine tasks we dislike exactly on that day (going to school, going to work, dealing with planning, finishing tasks that were left over from the previous week, etc.).
I made a quick research on Google on how to make Mondays suck less, and honestly, I was quite disappointed with the results. Most of the articles were suggesting to deal with the tasks that actually make us hate that sad fella in the first place – work, tasks, schedules, projects, aarrgghhhh. First of all, that doesn’t make any sense, and secondly, it’s just not fair.
If you think about it, it’s not the day you hate, it’s the routine of having to do things you don’t want to do and your mindset. well, having said that, here are two simple steps to make you love Monday.
1. Say “I Love You” to Monday
I know it’s sounds outrageous, but I’m sure he’ll appreciate it and love you back (somehow, for me Monday is a he, but if you prefer it could be a she… a Mandy, or whatever)
Having your mind set on a positive frequency will entirely change your perception of the day and the whole week in general. It is a matter of conditioning your brain a little bit and I think it’s worth giving it a try. After all, there’s no point in hating one entire day of your week, 4 days of the month (for women, even more, considering the Bloody Mary days), and at least 52 days a year! That’s simply a waste of time and we should cut it now. But how to condition your brain, you might ask? Here’s how:
- Instead of thinking how you hate Monday and don’t want to go to work, force yourself to think in a positive way. It’s actually a great thing that it’s Monday again. We are given the gift of living another day. We have a whole new week filled with opportunities and surprises ahead of us. Monday is going to be a great day! We can finally do all those little nice things we wanted, but for one reason or another, we didn’t. Really, any positive thought that comes to your mind will do.
- Repeat to yourself or even say it out loud “I love Mondays”. 108 times to be precise. In eastern philosophies it is believed that there are 108 energy centers in the body. When Buddhist monks chant mantras for example, they repeat it 108 times – 1 time for each of the energy centers in the body. It’s easier to keep count if you have praying beans (which also come in 108), but don’t worry if you don’t. If you repeat it to yourself convincingly enough, you’ll fill your cells with love and positive energy, condition your brain and you’ll start believing it.
2. Celebrate Monday By Doing Something You Love
For most people Monday is dreadful because they have to go to a job that doesn’t excite them. The simple solution to this would be to just quit your job and find what makes you happy, but I know this sounds too radical to most, so we’ll work around it. Maybe you actually like your job, but would love to have an extra day off. What you can do is try and shift your schedule a little bit. Try to get an occasional Monday off, or half a day off, or go to work later, whatever you can arrange with your boss.
If the rules in your office are too tight however, just make the time around your working hours more pleasurable (although in reality I’d love to tell you again to quit that job, but I don’t want to lead anyone into unemployment :)). Make it a movie Monday, or a pizza Monday, or a movie and pizza, and chocolate cake Monday!
If this calorie intake is too much for you, why not trying with a sports day Monday? Or how about a massage Monday? Or hang out with friends and make it Monday-Funday?! It is entirely up to you. Whatever makes you happy – do it on Monday.
This doesn’t sound so hard, does it? Give it a try for a few weeks and let me know how it goes.
Have a nice Monday every Monday!