5 ways to make your week (& life) better!
Updated: Apr 7, 2019
With the St. Patrick’s Day long weekend now over, most of us are feeling a little tired and reluctant to get back to work and back to our routines this week. Long weekends are fabulous, but it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things. The show must go on though, whether we are motivated and ready or not, so, I wanted to share some easy steps you can take to make your week (and general life) that little bit easier:
Get up early
Stop pressing snooze! Experts from the Sleep Clinic Services say that pressing the snooze button can negatively impact the rest of your day. When you press snooze, your body automatically prepares itself for another deep sleep but when this sleep is then interrupted a few minutes later, it can cause your body to feel tired and fatigued for the rest of the day as a result.
One well known trait in the world’s most successful people is to get up early!
Tip: leave your phone/ alarm clock over the other side of your bedroom this week so you must physically get out of bed to turn it off.
Listen to your fave songs in the AM
Now you’re no longer snoozing, getting ready in the morning should be a little less hectic. To add a boost to your day, put on some of your favourite tunes while you’re getting ready. Listening to uplifting music in the mornings will motivate you, give you energy and set you up to take on whatever the day throws at you.
I first started doing this back when I worked in a hotel a few years ago. One morning I arrived at work at around 6:40am and was at my locker getting changed (half asleep), when a friend of mine arrived in to get ready for her shift and played Tina Turner’s Proud Mary on her phone while she got ready. I was a bit taken back as it was so loud and early, so I asked her what was going on, jokingly, and she explained that this was the thing that put her in a good mood in the morning. I thought it was a lovely idea and actually felt a bit more awake and uplifted from listening to it as I got ready too. I started doing this and found it helped a lot, especially on dark Winter mornings!
This one’s easy, just get out more! So simple but it will give a positive boost to your day/week. Whether it is during your lunch hour or if you can make time in the evening - get out and go for a walk, or a run if that’s more your thing. Just getting outside in the air will help clear your head. We are starting to see that ‘grand oul stretch’ in the evening that we all love so much, so just go for it!
Do something nice for others
A nice way to make yourself feel good, is to make others feel good. Help, compliment and encourage others when you can and watch how much that positively impacts their day, as well as yours. Without sounding like Joey from Friends “there is no such thing as a selfless deed” but who cares, it’s nice to be nice. You never know how much something so simple and small could make someone’s day or distract them from something hard they are going
Have a pamper night
Clear your head for an evening by looking after yourself. Switch off from your friends, family, dogs or whoever would normally disturb you, because you are having a you-night. While you go run a hot bath or shower, put some clean pyjamas onto the radiator so they’re extra cosy when you put them on. Put on a face mask, light some candles and unwind. After that, put on your warm pyjamas, make yourself some camomile tea or go all out and pour yourself a glass of wine and watch some Netflix or read a book. Have an early night and you will wake up feeling like a refreshed new person the next day!
So, there you have it, 5 quick, simple (and free) things you can easily do to give yourself an extra boost as you settle back into your routine after the long weekend. Why not try them out this week and see if you notice the difference?
Thanks for reading. I hope your week is going okay so far, it’s already Wednesday sure!
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