- Make a Decision: as mentioned, starting the week starts in the mind. The attitude you chose to have in the present and about your future can contribute to the mood you will find yourself in when you get to that future. An upbeat, positive and thankful attitude can result in more “good mornings” in your path.
- Focus on Something Positive: so may be the first day back to work or back to “busy” is not forecasted as interesting or fun. However, there is a workshop, lunch-date, or another interesting event happening later in the week. Instead of focusing on the first day’s not so interesting activities, in the present think about what you are looking forward to in the week, and experience the positive emotions these thoughts are now causing you to have.
- Do Something Different: create your own excitement or do something different from your usual program to help you approach and welcome starting off the week. If you usually drive to work or errands, and find that walking is also an option, explore it if physically possible. Make an appointment on your lunch break for some pampering or shopping. Just a few ideas!
- Get Centered: start your week off with quiet time. Setting aside time to reflect, organize or plan your week can result in the motivation needed to start and complete a constructive week.
If you are like me, and tend to usually drag on the day you return to work after being “off,” hopefully there is a little aid from this post to help you pep up your start of the week. Starting off the week is not only a set of tasks that need to be completed, or waking up with the reality that your weekend is over. Starting off the week is an attitude. Sometimes it is a great attitude, and other times, a less than great attitude. If you are searching for a little motivation getting started, here are some practices that have helped:
So this year I said I will be focussing more on mindfulness. Self-awareness is such a big thing for me. Also, instead of ignoring or “brushing off” some of my bothersome thoughts, I try to sit with them, or let them linger so I can become more self-aware about why I am having the bothersome thought(s). Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, has much to say about mindfulness. Dr. Kabat-Zinn is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) around the world. Here is a great video where he discusses mindfulness: Video credits: Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn http://youtu.be/3nwwKbM_vJc Resources: Meditation Expert Self-healing Expressions Mindfulness Anger Management