Monday Blues? 

Okay, I’ll admit.  I am not a “Sunday Funday” type of girl.  At least I wasn’t for a long time.  I’m one of those people who can get super sad around Sunday night. A new week is going to start and my relaxing weekend is going to be long gone.  How can I enjoy Sunday, knowing the extensive knowledge that I do?? (The extensive knowledge that Monday comes after Sunday, people!! Who can “Sunday Funday” knowing Monday will be occurring in just a few hours???) Sunday sadness then turns into a case of Monday blues, and I just don’t feel as happy or excited as I am come Friday. This, I learned, is not a good way to live. We shouldn’t waste our lives away waiting for Summers, waiting for vacations, waiting for  parties, or waiting for Friday’s.  All that time spent waiting is time wasted. That time could be spent enjoying the moment we are in. Nothing beats the exciting Friday feeling…I know. But here are eight tips to spice up your weekdays–dreaded Mondays included–and add some excitement back to your everyday routines!

Tip 1: Compliment! Try throwing a few compliments around to people you wouldn’t normally compliment.  (You’re mom doesn’t count…try a coworker you don’t talk to often!) A compliment will make others feel good, and will in turn, make YOU feel good too.

Tip 2: Take a different way to work (or wherever).  Everyone has their route down pact.  Same route to the Starbucks.  Same route to work.  Try spicing it up a little bit!  Set your alarm a little earlier (I know, I know…blasphemy words), and try out a new coffee place instead.  Or, try taking the backroads to your job.  Throw in a new song in that drive, and you’ve already added some excitement to your day, all before ten o’clock!

Tip 3: Change up your room!  Your bedroom can get a little boring if you never add some new decor or move your bed around a little.  Try and see what kind of energy you’ll get by moving your bed to the other side of the room, and adding some candles or shelves to show off all those pumps hiding in your basement (just me?).  I changed up my room you guys, and I felt all sorts of excitement for a few weeks.  Changing up your place of rest can make you feel like you’re in a new environment.  Try it!

Tip 4: Talk to people you don’t know!  I’m a shy person, so I get it if you don’t want to run up next to that jogger and start a convo in between strides.  I understand.  But try talking to the barista making your coffee in the morning instead of just giving her your order.  Try sparking up conversation with people in your passing life that you normally wouldn’t chat with.  Happy endorphins all around!

Tip 5: Don’t wait for a call, reach out and give a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while a call and catch up!  Sometimes it can be easy to get lost in everyday stresses and issues.  Life’s drama.  It happens to you, and it can happen to your friends as well.  Don’t be afraid to be the first to call them up…I’m sure they will be excited to fill you in on all you’ve missed.

Tip 6: Get lunch with a coworker.  I know the feeling.  Wanting to not small talk, and just relax with yourself as you power down that pastrami sandwich with balsamic vinegar and scroll instagram viciously (just me?)  But it is important to socialize, and there’s no better time than during work! (Kidding.)  But really, having a nice meal with a coworker will raise both of your moods I’m sure, and have you feeling better to tackle the work waiting for you after your lunch break.

Tip 7: Don’t be worried or concerned about what other people think about you! Wear a bold outfit you might only reserve for day trips to the city. Style your hair differently. Do what YOU want to do, and it will empower you to make each day.. not just Fridays or Saturdays.. exciting and feel fresh and fun.  When you feel fresh and fun, your life will gravitate that energy into your every day life.

Tip 8: Get a puppy! Okay, this may not be feasible for everyone, but it’s pretty much what I did! My little teacup Yorkie baby, Bailey, has added so much excitement into every single minute of my life. From the unexpected accidents in my purse, (ya never know what you’ll find after she’s been in there), to the excitement of holidays that stopped being exciting after the age of 10. She has brought me back to life and has me seeing life through her little puppy dog eyes.

All in all, it doesn’t take much to add a little excitement into every day, mundane life. Accept an invitation to lunch on a weekday, or be the invitee. Call a friend and chat for hours like you used to in high school. Be yourself and don’t care what others think. Enjoy life! Time flies way too fast to waste it by wishing your Monday was a Friday!!

Happy Monday, friends!

-Allie xxo

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