After a great and adventurous weekend, it’s almost like we never want Mondays to come. We sluggishly wake up every Monday morning wishing we had one extra day added to the weekend.

The problem is, it’s that attitude which sets you up for a bad week ahead.

Everyone can have enjoy waking up to the dreaded Mondays by creating and following these Monday morning routines which will ensure that the next five days are brilliant, productive, and most of all, enjoyable.

1. Wake up Early

We’ve all been there, hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock when it goes off on a Monday morning. That five minutes of extra time in bed can’t hurt, can it?

Well, the truth is, it can. Hitting that button automatically means that when you do get up, you’re already running behind.

Here’s a radical idea: set the alarm clock for even earlier than you normally would, and get up when it goes off.

2. Meditate

No longer the domain of spiritual gurus, meditation is something that everybody should do at least once a day. Of course, any time is a good time to take 5, but on a Monday morning it is especially important to meditate as soon as you wake.

3. Practice Gratitude

Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, being grateful for the good things in your life will attract more good things, and vice versa. Starting the week with gratitude is a great way to put a positive slant on everything.

4. Indulge in Some Personal Development

Every day is an opportunity to become a better version of yourself, so use that extra hour in your morning to inject some inspiration and motivation into your life. Whether it’s listening to a podcast, reading a book, or watching a Ted Talk, check out some great motivational speakers and incorporate them into your day.

5. Make Breakfast the Best Meal of the Day

Okay, so it might sound like something your mother drummed into you, but she was right; breakfast is important. Just like trying to drive a car with no fuel, facing a busy day without food will make you sluggish and prone to grinding to a halt.

6. Get Moving

Make exercise an integral part of your Monday morning (and every morning). It doesn’t have to involve joining a gym or hitting the pool; why not invest in a pair of decent shoes and head for the park or even the streets for a run? It’s a great cardio workout.

7. Be Present

When you’re rushing around, getting ready for work, or school, or family life, it is all too easy to miss what’s actually going on around you. Make a conscious effort to notice what’s happening in the here and now, and learn to find joy in the little things.

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