Quick question: Do you know anyone who doesn’t occasionally have a hard time getting going into work?
We live in a world that is fast paced where people are running ragged on little to no energy who are expected to perform at their peak. Sounds exhausting, right?
The “Monday morning blues” can be more that just on Mondays. Sometimes it can feel that every day is the “morning blues,” But it doesn’t have to be that way for you.
Getting up and going into work day after day can be a real drag. Some mornings you just want to pull the sheets over your head and go back to sleep.
Keeping your morale up each day can be really difficult. Trust me, I understand. But there are 6 practices that I’ve learned to do over the years that have helped me keep my energy and morale pretty high most days.
1. Decide every morning what kind of day you will have. Creating a new, positive thought will do wonders for your morale. It can be showing gratitude, appreciating one great strength you have, or accepting whatever the day brings. I challenge you to start each morning with a great thought or a self-compliment and tell me how much better you feel at the end of that week. Just by choosing positivity first thing in the morning, you can send a message to the rest of your day and brain: “I’m staying positive today and nothing you can do will stop me!”
2. Eat breakfast. The great thing about this is you have total control over it. No one is stopping you from starting your morning without the best fuel for your engine. An empty tank stays that way – empty – no energy, no drive. Whether it’s some fruit and granola or a hearty breakfast of eggs and bacon, get that food/energy in your body before you get going for the day.
3. Get some exercise. When your body accomplishes something physical like a workout (even a small one) those good feelings immediately begin to take over your mentality and you start feeling as though you can conquer the world! Start every morning with this feeling and you'll be unstoppable!
4. Get to work a little early. I know some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy for suggesting this, but I’m suggesting 10-15 minutes early, not an hour. When you get to work a little bit earlier than most people, you have time to settle into your desk/office in a more organized manner. Coming in on time or late means being bombarded with questions and tasks the minute you walk in the door, which can be very draining.
5. Practice good office habits. Ignore the junk food at work and replace it with an apple or grapes or carrots. Also, ignore the office gossip of the latest, greatest, and sneakiest. That will drag you down sooner than you can say gossip!
6. Stop and breathe. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Breathing? Not in the middle of a crisis or a long work day. When you start feeling bogged down or like your morale is at an all-time low, just breathe. Clear your mind and breathe for about 5 minutes, then watch the difference.
What your morale requires is an understanding you – a you that tends to your body’s and mind’s needs. Never take your morale for granted. It is precious. Treat it with respect.