There’s no better time than a Monday to be truly kind to yourself. That may be doing something that affects your immediate mood or putting in the extra work that your future self will thank yourself for. Either way, anything that helps boost our mood and motivation, we’re here for it.
This week, give these 5 things a try to keep that good mood lasting right through to the weekend.
March to the beat of your own mantra
Mantras aren’t for everyone and they may feel a little weird at first but having one phrase that energizes you, elevates your mood and helps you to re-focus can make all the difference in the kind of week you have. Choose a mantra that you really connect with then repeat when necessary as you go about your week. While mantras are personal to every person, take inspiration from some of these and find ways to make them your own.
“I am enough.”
“I am open and receptive to all good.”
“I am productive.”
“I give myself permission to be ok where I am. I know I am doing my best.”
“Today is about pleasure. I am living this day for the sole purpose of enjoying it.”
Book those exercise classes
It’s all too easy to skip out on exercise when we’re not feeling our best. When life gets crazy we choose the easy option and in the short term, that means going home to watch tv as opposed to taking the dog for a walk. Find a buddy and sign up for a new exercise class near work or home. Hold each other accountable and take note of how good that endorphin boost felt afterward.
Imagine what your dream week would look like
At times of low motivation, turn to the old school pen and paper. There’s a reason why journalling is so heavily recommended as an add on to therapy or coaching. Set aside time in your day, ideally with your morning coffee and lose yourself in a daydream of what your ideal week would look like. Once you’ve got it down on paper work step by step to make it a reality.
Clear out your inbox
Week after week, we tell ourselves we’ll do this and week after week we let it build up until the anxiety of those notifications is too distracting to overlook. Block out time in your calendar to do nothing other than sort through your inbox, enjoy those newsletters, flag the important issues you need to come back to and once it’s done, it’s done. Try not to check in on every email that comes through, only to distract from your current task and be marked unread until further notice.
Once you’ve done the initial clear out, set the time block as a recurring task each day or week and dedicate that time solely to managing your emails.
Make time for fun
It can be so easy to get caught up in the stress and madness of work that more often than not, we’re too tired to make plans post 5pm. The reality is we head home, scroll through Instagram and wait with bated breath for Love Island to hit our screens. Then it’s off to bed and time to do it all over again.
While the afternoon slump may feel very real, power through and make plans to catch up with friends to break up your routine. Not only will it improve your mood but it will boost creativity and productivity in your day job when you’re happier with your life outside of work as well.