Monday’s are never that exciting. Whether you are just coming back from a fun, eventful weekend or a slow relaxing one, starting a new week can be tough. However, how we start our week, or how we start our Monday’s, can really set the tone for the rest of the week. If we can look at Monday as a fresh start rather than the day the weekend is over, we will undoubtedly have a better week.
Sure, we won’t always have the best week. We all have good weeks and bad weeks, it is just inevitable, but there are some things we can do for ourselves that will help to make the week the best it can be.
These things do not have to be life-changing or dramatic, but rather simple things that will help to boost your mood and keep you in a positive headspace throughout the week.
Maybe they’ll even help that “just waiting for Friday” feeling.
5 Things to Do for a Better Week
1. Make Some Plans
One of the reasons we all look forward to the weekend, outside of not having to be at work, is that we usually have something fun planned. Why not make some plans for the week?
It might not always be easy, but scheduling a dinner out with girlfriends or a date-night during the week, will give you something to look forward to that isn’t just the weekend. A break in routine, some girl talk and a glass (or two) of wine or a romantic evening with your significant other could work wonders for the soul!
2. Disconnect in the Evenings
During the weekdays we have to be “on” and for a lot of us, it is hard to break from that, even in the evenings. Whether you have a job that requires after-hours communication or you have a side hustle that you attend to in the evenings, it is incredibly hard to take the time and just disconnect from it all.
Taking some time in the evenings to just enjoy some time to yourself or with your family, away from your phone or your computer will help to boost your mood and provide you with a sense of relaxation. Try to set a time where you will call it quits for the night. Or even if you just set a timer for an hour where you can’t be on your phone or computer will do the trick!
3. Schedule Time to Workout
We all know by now that working out boosts endorphins which in turn makes us happier, so scheduling some time during the week to get that workout in will do wonders for your mood!
If you are a morning person, try squeezing in some movement prior to starting your day. You’ll feel more energized and accomplished going into your busy days. If you aren’t a morning person, schedule something for after work and figure out a way to make it happen. Try a new class or schedule something with a friend. Any way you can fit it in, do it!.
4. Practice Self-Care
Can’t have a post about having a better week without mentioning self-care, right? As over-used as the term is, self-care is so important and something we should really put a focus on during the week.
At the end of a busy day, it is easy to just want to crawl into bed and call it a day, but if you can, try to squeeze in some time to pamper yourself. Whether that is making time to read a book while sipping a hot cup of tea or taking a nice relaxing bath, whatever it is for you, do a bit of it during the week. It will help you to unwind from your day and help you to feel a bit better about yourself, which always helps to increase your mood.
5. Set Some Goals
Take some time today to set a few goals for the week. Use all of the above for your goals, write them down, and make it a point to try and accomplish them.
Meeting goals is an immediate mood booster. It helps us to feel accomplished and good about ourselves. Setting them provides motivation. When you are working towards something (other than Friday), it will be much easier to enjoy your week and not feel like you are just “back to the grind”.
Having a better week is possible with just a few tweaks. If we have something to look forward to other than the weekend, if we take time to disconnect from having to always be “on”, if we make sure to get some daily movement in, if we take the time to care for ourselves and if we set goals to accomplish these things, we will no doubt be able to have a better week.