Are you headed into a new week excited about new possibilities that lie ahead? Or, do you play your week by rote, dreading doing the same daily routine? Instead of brooding about the week, shift your focus. Kick-off your week with new healthy habits that will help you start your week off right.
1. Exercise first thing: Whatever your preferred form of exercise is, raising your heart rate and breaking a sweat before you’ve had your morning coffee will leave you feeling energized and empowered to take the week by the horns. Or any day for that matter.
2. Set a small weekly goal: Take a few minutes on Monday morning to set a personal goal for the upcoming work week, one that is both challenging and fulfilling.
3. Wear a feel-good outfit: you can use clothing to improve negative emotions. To improve your mood, choose bright colors, your favorite fabrics or prints. Better yet, pick out your outfit the night before so you avoid a wardrobe crisis.
4. Create a morning ritual: Our brains love routine, and the less work your brain has to do, the happier it will be, research says. Routines are a great way to conserve energy for more complicated parts of the day and may give you some alone time.
5. Don’t skip breakfast: it really is the most important meal of the day. Whether it’s an on-the-go smoothie or a toast, get your metabolism up and running and avoid your stomach growling later the same morning.
6. Don’t start your week stressed: Before you check your emails, remember to look at the to-do list you wrote earlier. What should you attend first? Set your priorities for the day and then begin to work through the list slowly and mindfully.
7. Plan for fun: Schedule a night out with friends, shopping with friends or even a binge-watch of your favorite show. Regardless of your activities, just thinking about the good times in store for you later in the week will be an instant energy booster.
8. Do a random act of kindness: Put positive energy into the world and you’ll get it back, research confirms: Performing acts of kindness for seven days boosted happiness and well-being, found a 2018 study in the Journal of Social Psychology.