Secrets for a Happy Monday

Monday is notorious for being the worst day of the week. We spend Sunday evening dreading the next morning. We wake up to Instagram images saying "May your coffee be strong, and your Monday be short." We (read: I) send snapchats depicting our still half-asleep faces as we go into the office. Lately, however, I've come to realize that Monday is so rough because we make it that way. Yes, it's sad to say goodbye to the weekend and hello to the work week, but we shouldn't dread a day of the week so deeply. So I decided to stop hating Monday and start making it great. Want to know how I turned things around? 

1. I give myself something to look forward to.

First, I plan something exciting for Monday. Whether it's blocking out time for my favorite workout or planning to grab lunch with a close friend, I try to always have something to look forward to on Monday. It might even be something as simple as downloading a new song I love and playing it on repeat while I drive to work. As long as it's something I'm going to look forward to then I'm set. I don't want to wake up dreading the day ahead, and that doesn't happen if you make Monday special. 

2. I wear the perfect outfit.

Granted, work can be less than exciting no matter what day it is. To make this easier on Monday, I make sure to wear something that I truly love. Sometimes that means I wear my favorite shoes and a cozy cardigan. Other days it's a new shirt or necklace I recently purchased. As long as I'm wearing something that makes me happy and is comfortable enough to get through the 8 hour workday I know that Monday won't really be all that bad. Plus, I think what you wear on Monday sets the tone for all of the following outfits that week, and I don't want to feel less than my best for five days straight.

3. I indulge in nutritious foods that I love.

I know that sometimes you just want to enjoy good ole fashioned comfort food, but Monday is not the day for that. The start of the week is the day that I like to take care of my body and fill it with healthy foods to keep me energized all day. I follow the Tone it Up nutrition plan so that means my meals consist of healthy veggies and fruits and protein. It's all lean, clean, and green and makes me feel amazing. When you eat foods that are actually good for your body then you won't feel exhausted after lunch or end up too bloated to button your pants comfortably. Monday isn't the day to be dealing with any of that nonsense.

4. I don't hit the ground running.

Instead of rushing to get ready Monday morning, I like to take my time to wake up and mentally prepare for the day. I love to start the day with a delicious batch of protein pancakes and a large glass of ice water, and I take my time to enjoy it all. So I wake up, stretch, and slowly make my way to the kitchen to make breakfast. I don't jump out of bed, hit the shower, throw on some clothes, and brush my teeth before running out the door. I let myself ease into the week. Starting the day and week off in a stressful frenzy won't make the day any more enjoyable. I've also been known to mosey on back to my bed after eating breakfast and lay on top of the comforter (not underneath because then I might be tempted to go back to sleep) while I scroll through Instagram. Is it the most productive, go-get-em way to start? Maybe not, but it does make me feel refreshed and ready to get down to business. (Insert beloved Disney song here).

5. I plan, plan, plan.

My number one key to having a good Monday though, is to prepare for it. I take Sunday afternoon and evening to prepare my meals for the week, to choose what I'm going to wear to work and to the gym on Monday, and to do my hair. (Side note: I hate styling my hair in the morning). If I didn't take the time to set these things up the night before then my Monday would make me a harried mess in some mismatched outfit while battling a serious case of lethargic bloating. No, thank you. I think I'll stick with my prepared and positive Monday routine.

So there it is. Those are all of the steps I take to ensure I have a good Monday. What do you do to create a positive Monday?