Beat The Blues And Live!

Your 4 tips to free you from your blues...

One morning, my five-year old daughter declared; “I Love me!” It got me thinking of my era of dreaded Mondays. The day I sang the blues. Nostalgia of the past weekend hung on me like a heavy, wet veil.

By declaring her love for herself, she created a space of opportunity and possibility. She connected with her inner self. That small action declared that no matter what the day threw at her, she would be fine.

One day I declared that the unpredictability of my dream job was far more valuable than the dread of losing my day job. It felt like the intoxicating freshness of the crisp early morning air. I connected with my inner self.

So. Monday. We meet again. We will never be friends—but maybe we can move past our mutual enmity toward a more-positive partnership.” ~ Julio Alexi Genao

The key to kicking my ‘Monday Blues’ was to first connect with myself. I needed to slow down and listen. Listen to the rhythm of my heart and my breathing. Slowly, I gained the courage to hear my dream and respond to its call.

Unfortunately, many of us pack our weekend with way too much activity. We forget that our whole week has been on overdrive. Our bodies, minds and spirits are crying out for release. The tension, stress and uncertainties are killing us.

To complicate matters even more, the majority view weekends as fun and work as drudgery. This is a potent cocktail that makes Mondays that more dreadful. You can’t wait for the Friday #TGIF!

Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!” ~ David Dweck

Here are four tips to help you kick the ‘Monday Blues’:

  1. Pace – Set yourself three to four clear goals that you will accomplish during that week. Then reward yourself if you accomplish them. With a defined behavior, you will find yourself accomplishing more that you imagined you could.
  2. Listen – Consciously take time and listen to your inner self. Don’t clutter your mind with too much TV, social media, etc. Meditation heals the soul. Only when you learn to listen to yourself will you effectively connect with others.
  3. Read – Block out at least thirty minutes every day to read (or listen to an audiobook). You may end up reading up to twenty-four books in a year! Think of the possibility of learning a new language or improving on that hobby you have put off for long.
  4. Help – Do something kind or help someone. Humane acts cause our brains to release endorphins. Your blood pressure is better regulated, you manage pain better, and psychologically more balanced.

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  • This is great! When I have a job that gets me up in the morning, Mondays are great and I love them for their kick-start compelling nature. I read – and read – and read. 🙂 Got that one covered.

    • Read along Jane! Then get those endorphins going and pace yourself to the listening station 🙂 Thanks for taking time to stop by…