Monday. For most people, it is a dreadful day that signifies the start of another week. It is another reminder that one must repeat the seemingly endless cycle of life. Monday is usually met with a feeling of resentment, which plagues the mind and can fill the whole week with feelings of anger, hatred, sadness, and anxiety. The problem is that if one allows those feelings to settle, it can make one feel drained before the week even begins. So much negativity takes a toll on the mind and body, and it can project itself outward towards others.
I had been in that negative cycle for too long. I started to realize the negative effects when I began to show intense hostility or quiet indifference towards my loved ones. Getting up in the morning was (and still is at times) such a drag. There would be this constant feeling of exhaustion. Going through life on autopilot is not fulfilling, and it relinquishes all sense of control over your own life.
I do not remember how it happened, but one day I just told myself that I was tired of dreading the arrival of Monday. I wanted to feel excited about getting things done during the week, and I wanted to feel fulfilled with my everyday choices. Every single Monday, I make an effort to fight the Monday blues. The goal is to wake up and feel thankful for the opportunity to wake up and improve my life. I also strive to have my motivation last all week.
It is important to note that I am not always successful, nor do I pretend to have it all figured out. In fact, I am far from reaching the peaceful state of mind that I crave. I am a work-in-progress, and I always hope to be. It is imperative to continually grow, learn, and improve oneself. The important thing is that I have acknowledged my negativity towards Mondays, and that first step has opened the door for me to notice any red flags in my behavior.
Day of the Moon
Monday is named so after the moon. This celestial body is filled with mystery and power that enriches life on earth, and thus, has fittingly been a popular subject of many works of art throughout the ages.
The ancient Babylonians created the seven-day week, following the lunar cycle. For example, it takes approximately seven days for the moon to change between the lunar phases [i.e. new moon, first quarter, full moon, and third quarter]. Since then, different civilizations have labeled each day of the week in their respective languages to the celestial body and/or the god that embodied it. It is always fascinating to me to see how we, as a society, still use things and names that have been rooted centuries ago.
The moon has always held a special place in my heart. It is beautiful, hypnotizing, and it has been a focal point for me exercise my own willpower and set intentions. Thus, the historical connection between the moon and Monday makes it even more fitting to give the beginning of the week the attention it deserves.
Monday is a chance to start with a fresh slate. It is an opportunity to do better than one did the week before. Set your intentions. Words are magic, and they become even more powerful if one acts on them. Make a conscious effort to think about what you would like to accomplish, and set your mind towards improving the start of your week. Here are some of the ways that I have done so:
- Close your eyes and breathe deeply for one minute
- Set a weekly goal – write it down and place it somewhere that you can see daily
- Make a checklist of what needs to be done for the day, and check it off as the day goes by
- Be present, and enjoy every taste of your first meal of the day
- Show someone a random act of kindness
- Say thank you for being granted the opportunity to wake up and live
It is important to remember that life will always have its difficult moments. Some challenges may seem overwhelming, and sometimes the day-to-day responsibilities can be suffocating. One may not always be successful, but that is okay. Let go, and try again. The power of the mind is immeasurable. Choose to change the mood of the day by welcoming the arrival of the new week. So why not make every Monday a positive one?