Let’s be honest… for most of us, once Monday rolls around, we’re either already in such a crappy mood (because two-day weekends are a joke), or we’re feeling super ambitious and positive with all our pretty planners and what not… Ready to “slay” the week. Buuuuuut, no matter which camp you’re in, I’m going to take a wild bet and say that by the time Tuesday afternoon rolls around, most of us are already OVER the week.
Aaaah, the long work week.
It is what it is, but it doesn’t mean that we’ve got to wait for the weekends to have fun. That’s a waste of four perfectly good days, don’t you think? So today’s post is all about looking at micro mood boosters you can inject into your week.
So… Are you ready to fill your work week with more “YAY” moments?
Grab a cuppa and let’s dive in!
MINDSET AND MOODS
I’m all about mindset these days – positive mindset especially. What we think about is pretty much the kind of things we attract. So I’m all for boosting those feel good vibes. And while I’d love to suggest you whip out a notebook and plan a make-believe exotic holiday (something I do when when I need a pick-me-up sometimes… it works, for a while!), I’m talking more realistic ideas here.
So let’s look at a few happiness boosters and break the work week up a bit…
Starting with Monday and ending with Thursday… (because, let’s be honest – Friday is fun and groovy no matter what!)
EASE into Mondays
Truth? Starting the week feeling motivated and ready to conquer the world is great and everything – and I’m a HUGE fan of mapping out my week then.
But, I think a lot of us tend to get carried away with all the feel good vibes and Monday motivation posts on our Instagram feeds. Ever find yourself totally drained by Tuesday?
Being over-ambitious on Mondays isn’t really a smart idea when you’ve got 4 other work days to get through. That is, unless you like feeling burned out.
So here’s what I suggest for Mondays: EASE into your work week.
Yup. As in scale BACK. Waaaaay back.
Make Mondays something to look forward to by not being over-ambitious.
Instead, take the day or those first few hours to map out your week. Plan and prioritise, get your weekly admin out of the way and set yourself up for a productive week. I’ve tried so many ways to be more productive and this is one of the ways that actually works for me.
Other things you could add in to boost your Monday mood?
- Start or end the day with exercise that make you feel GREAT
- Listen to a motivating podcast
- Plan a lunch out of the office
Make Tuesdays awesome
DID YOU KNOW? Research has shown that Tuesdays feel like the longest days of the week.
Now that makes so much sense… It’s something to do with our memories and time gap – they’re the secret Monday 2.0 no one tells us about. Hello, Tuesday blues!
So how do we fix this? Copy and paste Monday’s strategy?
Well, no.. not quite. I don’t know about you, but Tuesdays tend to be my most productive day of the week, so if I’m easing into Monday, I’d feel really guilty doing the same the next day!
What I like to do is focus on the #chooseday part. Ever heard that saying, “Tuesday, choose day?”
I feel like Tuesdays are a great day for doing that – for CHOOSING. As in choosing to invest in YOU. Specifically in some personal development. We have so many choices online, it’s not even funny. Seriously.
This always boosts my mood, when I know that I’m doing something to uplevel my skills or learn something new, it’s exciting. It makes me happy and it makes me feel valuable.
Here are a few #chooseday ideas you could inject into your day to boost your mood:
- Watch a motivating TedX talk video
- Sign up for a free online course or webinar (I LOVE these!)
- Read a blog post or two that inspires you
- Invest in a book by someone you admire
Aaaaah, the “mid-week hump.” To keep your mood boosted and those energy levels going, I suggest planning something to look forward to for Wednesday.
It’s a great way to start the week when you know you’ve got something fun planned for after (or during) work in the middle of the week. It just breaks the week up nicely.
I used to go to Zumba every Wednesday evening and it was often the highlight of my week. Nothing like a bit of feel-good exercise with happy people and awesome music to get those endorphins flowing.
Mood-boosting ideas for Wednesdays:
- A date night
- A self care pamper evening
- Going to a movie
- Having a movie night at home
- Making a gourmet dinner
- Joining a fun fitness class
- Trying a new coffee shop
- Going out for a spontaneous dessert mission
Etc., etc., etc. There’s sooooo much you can do. Get creative!
I don’t know why, but I always feel a little down on Thursdays. Maybe it’s the working from home and feeling isolated part. I’m not sure. But, I feel the most disconnected on these days.
And, whether you’re working in an office or from home, I’m guessing life is pretty busy wherever you’re at – and most of the time we tend to push friends aside for that reason. It’s life, hey?
That’s why I usually make it my mission to CONNECT a lot more on Thursdays than any other day of the week.
WhatsApp voice messaging and Facebook note voice chats are my virtual go tos!
I don’t know what I’d without them and my friends who put up with my rambling some days. We spend hours each week voice messaging each other and just catching up on life. It’s awesome. Especially when your friends don’t live close by.
And listen, connecting doesn’t have to focus solely on friendships. I’m talking about FAMILY and online contacts. Especially if you’re in the digital space, it’s so important to keep conversations going, share and just take an interest in other people
Here are a couple of ways you could connect more on Thursdays:
- Engage with people you follow on Instagram and Twitter. I LOVE the conversations that happen there. Especially in the Instagram DMs and the Twitter threads.
- Pick up the phone and have a conversation with someone close to you. Or send a message. Or leave a voice note!
- Plan a coffee date with a friend. It can be over lunch, after work or even a virtual one.
When we engage and spend time with other like-minded people or people we love, we boost our moods (usually!) In this go-go-go lifestyle most of us have, it’s so easy to let that part go. But, with technology (voice messaging, for example), it’s easy to stay connected.
And there you have it… just a few ways to bring a bit more happiness into the work week and boost your mood to Friday!
Now, I’d love to hear from you – what are some of your favourite mood boosters? Share in the comments below!