Stress Part 2: Start Your Week Stress-Free With This Simple Plan

Last week, I wrote about a few general tools you can use to prevent stress in your daily life. As part of this four-part series, today I’m going to talk specifically about starting off your Monday on the right foot to set the tone for the rest of the week.

For me, Mondays are my most stressful days. When I start to think about why, my head spins. My list is long: I have three kids in two different schools, a husband who has a demanding job, I work as the director of an eating disorder program and am constantly networking in my field, I have a daughter with braces who constantly has appointments, I’m sharing a nanny and it requires a lot of coordination with the other family, I have to buy groceries, I have to organize and clean the apartment, my family lives in Israel so I am constantly making an effort to keep in touch with them as it is ver important to me, and the list goes on and on and on…

Thinking about your own list like this will no doubt make your head spin as well. For you, it might be another day that really seems to be the pinnacle of your stressful week, but I imagine the beginning of the week is stressful for a lot of people. I’ve been thinking about ways I can de-stress at the beginning of the week so I stop dreading Mondays so much and here is the plan I’ve come up with and it seems to be working.

  1. Every Monday I wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual. This means not just setting the alarm earlier but actually getting out of bed a full 15 minutes before I do the rest of the week. Think of it like extra time for your most packed day of the week.
  2. Every Sunday, I plan ahead. I set a reminder for myself every Sunday at 8pm to sit down and plan out my week ahead. I write down all my daughters’ activities, the school functions I need to attend, and the playdates I need to coordinate so it’s all listed out.
  3. I set a reminder to take time on Monday to meditate on what I’m grateful for. If you literally set yourself a reminder to think about gratitude and focus on being present and enjoying every single moment as if it were your last, you’ll approach your to-do list with a totally different perspective. I tell myself I’m healthy, my kids are healthy, my loved ones are healthy and they care about me and my well-being, I love my job and every day I’m doing the best I can. This simple frame of mind helps de-stress me instantly.
  4. I commit to exercising for a minimum of 40 minutes a week. If you think about it, 40 minutes over five days isn’t such a big challenge, but sticking to it keeps me sane. It’s so important to exercise your body and your mind for a few minutes each day.

If you wake up on Mondays feeling overwhelmed, try some of these tactics and see how you feel! Leave me a comment and let me know how you start your week off on the right foot!

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