Ever wish the weekend could be longer? Usually, the busier my weekend is, the longer it can feel, but there is also the odd time where I return on Monday feeling drained. As I’m obsessed with productivity hacks, I couldn’t help but look for ways to make the weekend feel a little longer. Just enough to feel refreshed for Monday. Isn’t that everyone’s goal to a degree? Here are five simple ways to feel refreshed for Monday!
1) Podcasts for Mindfulness
Recently, I started getting into bed thirty minutes early so that I can unwind with a podcast called The Moth. While my usual sleep tactic has been reading, this particular podcast features a collective of real stories, which almost work to soothe or induce mindfulness. I close my eyes, I think less, I sleep better, and feel more refreshed for Monday.
2) Ten Minutes of Gratitude
Everyone has their own preferred way of practicing gratitude. For myself, it is first thing in the morning as I’m waking up, or as I’m relaxing in the hot tub. Meditation, writing things down, or pursuing gratitude through more spiritual methods are also other ways you could probably pursue this. Sometimes pulling outside of yourself and looking at things from a longer term perspective can help to put things in order. This can help you to feel more refreshed for Monday. Like if everything is for the most part okay and livable, is a little fatigue this morning really so bad?
3) Meal Prep for the Week
Sometimes, knowing everything is done can feel satisfying. We have been making soups in weekly batches so that our busy schedules don’t lend to excuses for poor eating! It is just so easy to order pizza when it’s dark outside more often (Science! Just kidding), or if we are running around for more than a few days. Having lunches prepped means less to come back to in the longer term. Check that off your list to feel refreshed for Monday!
If you’re looking at this thinking “How do I have time for that?”, it might be wise to evaluate priorities. I say this because I would often put things ahead of fitness, and then complain afterwards about how I was feeling. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, adding some stretches or movements to your daily routines can help to give you the benefits. Squats, yoga poses and free weights during TV time. Even walking for errands can help you to feel more refreshed for Monday.