Mondays can be difficult, to say the least, especially if you’re headed to a workplace that’s not 100% to your liking. Or if, like me, you currently don’t have a workplace.
Tori Rodriguez, writing for Woman’s Day (via this link at Yahoo!), has these tips for starting the morning out right:
1. Pick one “spoil-me” task to do.
The idea here is that treating yourself to something enjoyable so early in the day will set the tone for the hours that follow. Makes sense to me!
2. Eat a well-balanced meal.
Nutrition is key to mood, so it’s no surprise that this one made the list. The author offers an additional suggestion to include a dash or two of cinnamon, citing an anonymous study linking it to mood elevation. Hey, it can’t hurt.
3. Get some fresh air.
Kind of tough for some of us this time of year, isn’t it? But even a few minutes breathing outdoor air is an energy booster extraordinaire. (Not to gloat, but I got to take an hour-long walk on Saturday. Woo-hoo!
4. Listen to the sounds of nature.
If you just can’t get outdoors, try to fake yourself out by listening to recorded nature sounds while you’re getting ready for work. (I totally forgot I have an alarm clock that plays nature sounds!)
Those are just a few suggestions. Check out the article for the full list.
As for me, I’ll be starting out tomorrow morning by treating myself to a 5-minute meditation with the sound of a mountain stream in the background. Then I’ll have a hot breakfast before heading outdoors. For as long as it takes me to get to the car, anyway. Maybe I’ll save the outdoors part for later in the day.
What boosts your morning mood? Any of these suggestions seem promising?