It's Monday again. And if you're in New York it's even more of a struggle today as the clouds have rolled in and the rain washes the weekend away. Sipping your cup of joe getting ready for your day to begin, you have two options. Push through the week and let life happen to you, or make this an extraordinary week and allow you to happen to life. I am far from a morning person and if I neglect to lay my day out the night before it can go downhill pretty quick. I have found a few things I do every night, but especially on Sunday's to help me get my week going in the right direction.
1- Lay out your outfit for the week the night before
2- Prepare your breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day (or week) Sunday/night before
3- Lay out your gym clothes for the day
4- Drink a glass of water upon waking up
5- Have your cup of tea for a natural pick me up
6- Make your bed
7- Make a task list for the week
8- Plan one fun thing to do that week
10- Send out a loving good morning text to a friend or family member
I have gotten into the habit of doing at least 8 of the 10 on my list. Some tips sound funny to others but I'll give you my reasoning. Number 10 for example, send out a loving good morning message. It may sound silly but we live in a world of emotion. When we do something nice for someone else, their happiness makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus it is never too early or too late to let someone know how much they mean to you. Life is short. Unless you wake up at 4am for work, maybe hold off on that text for a few hours!
Plan something fun to do that week. I know I always operate better when I have something to look forward to, a goal as some would say. Now while getting cocktails with your friends may not be a goal it is nice to know that Thursday at 6pm you have plans and are excited to do something fun for you!
I have never been huge on making my bed, in fact I usually just pull all my covers up and call it a day. And that is somewhat, what I mean by making your bed. There is some kind of accomplishment met when your room doesn't look like a complete disaster before you leave for school, and the same goes for when you come home. You can cross it off your task list. Which brings me to number 7. Us humans like to feel worthy of our time. Like we are a functioning member of society. Even if it is as small as picking up your roommates dry cleaning to paying off that big college loan- write it down. Make a check list and see what you can accomplish by Friday. Remember you have the same exact hours in the day as Beyonce. :)
Meditation may not be something you're into or maybe even something you've tried. But I recommend it to everyone. As someone who suffers with a lot of anxiety and stress it is sometimes the only time of the day where I can completely shut my mind off and be at peace, even if its just for 10 minutes. If you have no idea where to begin, YouTube guided meditations or look at my previous posts on meditating!