Monday. It’s a word with a bad reputation. People dread Monday. Monday means work. Monday means not sleeping in. Monday means rush hour traffic, and kids lunches, and meetings and emails and to do lists. What if we approached Monday’s with a different attitude? What if we helped our body to be in the best state possible so that Monday was not dreaded….but enjoyed?
Here are 3 things you can do to make your week more enjoyable that are 100% free and you can start doing them today.
Sleep More. Drink Water. Be Grateful.
- Sleep More. Oh, just ten more minutes, please!! Are you tired all the time? Did you know that 60% of Canadians are sleep deprived? The average person should get 8 hours of sleep per night, and apparently most of us are getting 6.9. Yikes.
I know what you are thinking. “There is no way I can get 8 hours of sleep. I have kids to take care of, bosses to make happy, errands to run, a house to maintain, food to make, events to attend and gosh I should really try to get to the gym.” There is no doubt that our lives are busier than ever before and we are constantly trying to fit more and more into the same 24 hours. However, there is a good chance though that if you really try, you can carve out the time for some much needed extra zzz’s. I’m going to point out one easy way – turn the TV off.
Did you know the average Canadian watches 30 hours a week of TV? Thats over 4 hours a day! Carve off some of those hours and hit the bed sooner and your body will thank you. If you don’t watch TV, hats off to you. Take one hour off of whatever your ‘wasted time’ activity is….you know the one, we all have one! Instagram, Facebook, magazines….there is definitely 1 hour that can be re-categorized to prioritize sleep.
- Drink More Water. We need eight to ten glasses a day. That’s a lot. More if you drink caffeinated beverages, which I’m betting you do! Buy a water bottle. Heck, buy three water bottles. One for the office, one for the car, and one to take with you wherever you go. There, no more excuses! And if you forget your water bottle….the great news is that in most places you can get water for FREE :). “But Jenn, I don’t want to have to use the washroom every hour. It’s so inconvenient!” OK. So don’t drink more water, be dehydrated and groggy and grumpy, and over-eat because you think you are hungry when you are really just thirsty. (Frequent washroom visits don’t sound so bad now!)
- Be Grateful. I started writing in a gratitude journal at the beginning of the year and it was a real game changer. It’s so easy to complain. To see the glass as half empty instead of half full. It can be hard to transition to this way of thinking if it’s not something you have ever done. That’s OK. Start small. Just one thing a day. Maybe it’s the sun shine, or your kids smile, or your helpful coworker. Maybe it’s the bus driver waiting an extra moment for you to run onto the bus. Maybe it’s the sunset you get to watch because your eyesight is still in tact. Maybe it’s a warm cup of coffee in the morning on a cold fall or winter day. Our mind is like any other muscle in our body – it needs exercise. Exercise being grateful – do it every day. You will be surprised how quickly you can find several things to be grateful for!!
I really truly believe that the three above things can make a significant impact on your daily quality of life. Life is a gift. Be present. Make the most of it. Be good to your body – it’s the only one you’ll get.