Monday Motivation: Take a bath, cook with garlic, self-care checklist

I’ve rounded up three ideas for inspiration to get you motivated for the week.

First, take a bath…I’ve blogged about the positive effects of using Epsom salts for foot soaks here, but let’s also add it to your tub.

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Roasted garlic.  It makes the house smell like you have been cooking for days.  It is super easy to do and you can use it for so many recipes, including spreading it all over french bread, or on the base of your pizza dough.  Simply Recipes has the step-by-step directions and a video tutorial, too.

Lastly, how about a self-care checklist.  One of our readers, Stacy, said she printed last week’s “night before Monday” checklist and taped it to her bathroom mirror.  Maybe this will inspire you as well.

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Have a great Monday out there, folks!

Monday Motivation

Years, and years ago, my Sunday night ritual was to watch the television show Murder, She Wrote.  Jessica Fletcher was my routine for easing into the work week solving the lastest crime in Cabot Cove (frankly, if that many murders happened in that little fishing town, I’d move). When the show was canceled, it threw my globe off its axis.  This weekly bonding with Jessica helped me prepare for the Monday morning blues.   According to a study conducted by the University of Vermont, Monday was named the worst day of the week with moods improving through the rest of the week and peaking on Saturday.

But, on the flip side, according to a study conducted by The Association for Psychological Science Monday is the best day of the week for setting new goals.  It’s referred to as the “Fresh Start Effect.” New research in Psychological Science suggests that we may be more likely to actually follow through with our professional and personal goals if we start on a Monday rather than a Thursday.

To help us approach Mondays, we have coined terms like “Move-it Monday“, Meatless Monday, “DeStress Monday.

I am seeking the positive route — Motivation Monday!  Here is a terrific idea I saw on Pinterest that I think could inspire us daily, but especially on a Sunday evening if we are facing a busy professional and personal week ahead. I have pinned it to my Joie de Vivre board (a collection of ideas to help me find “Joy in Life” in 2018).

This really could be adapted for everyday, but I think particular care should be focused the night before on a day you are worried about facing.  I love the last two suggestions.  “Pray” –  for gratitude of what your day did afford you and pray for grace to get through to the next day.  “Read” – you can start reading the book from Mrs. Twist Reads This!

I’d love to hear your ideas on how you can transform Monday to be the best day of your week!