Written by: Anthony Cocco
Beat the “Mondaze” and become your best self!
When the alarm clock goes off on Monday morning, what happens?
Do you wake up energized and ready to seize the day, or are you sluggish and find yourself wishing for just five more minutes to snuggle up in that cozy bed of yours?
Are you one of those people who thinks Monday is a stupendous day filled with fabulous opportunities to make something extraordinary happen, or is it just another Monday morning?
Unfortunately, almost 76% of Americans have the “Sunday night blues.” If you are one of those people who go to bed on Sunday dreading Monday, your Monday morning is not going to start of well. I used to be a total Crabby Patty until I had that first cup of coffee. Every Monday morning used to just be me waking up on the wrong side of the bed.
Like a sprinter in a race, Monday is the sound of your starting gun. Will you have a solid first step, or will you be slow off the line, finishing behind the pack?
If you are in need of a Monday morning overhaul, here are 11 ways that can help you take back your Monday and make the most of your week.
1. Start The Night Before
Create a new evening routine. Get everything you need done for the next day situated so that you have less to do and more time to focus on YOU.
- Shut off technology early
- Get tomorrow’s clothes ready
- Make your lunch (and the family’s if necessary)
- And anything else that you typically wait until Monday morning to do!
2. Get Your Z’s
Starting off your Monday with a lack of sleep is a surefire way to you grabbing the carbs, sugars and caffeine in order to break through the barrier. Being well rested has many health benefits that can help you to seize the day and make the most out of your opportunities.
- Create a hard cutoff and DVR your favorite show to watch Monday.
- Nighty Night Tea by Traditional Medicinals is a fan favorite.
- Take a melatonin supplement. *Be sure to consult your healthcare practitioner prior to taking any new supplement.
3. Attitude Of Gratitude
You can also try adding in a few positive affirmations:
- Today will be a wonderful day to remember.
- Today brings me joy.
- I choose to fully participate in my day.
4. Have A Vision
What are you working toward? Do you have a clear vision of what it will look like when you accomplish it? Have you created a dream book or vision board? Spend five minutes dreaming each morning. Reflect on your vision and get excited!
5. Get Active
You must make up your mind the night before that you are going to exercise and be 100% committed to it. If working out in the morning is something new, remember, start small and build from there. Going for a walk, yoga, or pilates are always good starting points. If you want to dive right in, hit the gym and unleash the champion.
6. Find Your Song
This is critical for me. Music amps me, but it also sets my mood. Soothing music can decrease stress and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and upbeat dance music can increase antibodies and uplift a down mood.
Two of my favorite morning songs are:
- Stevie Wonder: As
- Pharrell Williams: Happy
- Note: One of my favorite music sites is Mixcloud. There are uninterrupted mixes broken down by categories/genres. A great way to tap into new music and create your own station.
7. Start Something New
A new activity is something that each of us look forward to. Start something new that you will look forward to doing. If you have your bucket list or goals you want to accomplish, use the early hours of Monday morning to be your launching point.
8. Vitamins And Minerals
Nutrients are your body’s fuel. Be sure to add the powerhouses to your regimen for maximum benefits.
- Magnesium: Responsible for over 300 enzymatic functions and is the required for producing ATP (a coenzyme, which during metabolism, transports energy within your cells).
- B-Vitamins: Help convert your food into fuel, helping you stay energized.
- CoQ10: Found in the mitochondria of your cells and is the energy center that sparks energy production throughout your entire body.
Starting the morning reading something positive can help fuel you. Ideally, you would want to read something that speaks to your mind and your heart. Never try and force it!
Some of my favorites that helped create a shift:
- Monday Morning Choices by David Cottrell
- Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
- The Bible
- Note: There are thousands of great books you can read. To make the most out of it, try getting into a book club. This will help keep you accountable.
10. Green Juice
This Fitlife Green Juice recipe is one of my favorites. It puts some pep in my step and keeps me bright eyed and ready to take on the day. If you don’t have time to make fresh juice, Organifi is amazing! It’s organic and loaded with superfoods, adaptogens and phytonutrients.
11. Leave A Clean House
This might require buy-in from other people, but trust me, it’s worth it!
When you leave a clean house, you gain a clean mind. If you have dirty dishes in the sink, that will sit with you all day and clog up your brain. If you know you have dirty laundry to pick up, that is something you know you have to do later, which is not fun or exciting.
Messes, piles and clutter can steal your energy. Having a clean house to come home to is very rewarding and peaceful.
Hack your Monday and become your best self. Comment below and let us know which habits you are trying and what is working best for you.
Image source: Robert Chaen
For almost two decades, Anthony suffered from a never-ending migraine. In October 2010, it was suggested by his neurologist to receive multiple Botox injections in his head and he immediately decided to take his health into his own hands. After months of trial and error he became migraine free on May 13, 2011, by implementing a holistic lifestyle. He has since dedicated his life’s work to creating programs that will work alongside healthcare professionals, focused on the holistic alternatives that are consistently overlooked.Anthony is a Certified Health Coach, Leadership Coach, and former migraine sufferer. His passion can be found in helping individuals understand their unique body and become best prepared to overcome migraines and headaches.
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