You’re going to think I’m full of it, but I love Mondays. Sure, I’m sad to see the weekend go, but I just love the fresh opportunities that come with a new week.
All of the negative connotations that get attached to Mondays are a matter of perspective. To help you get started on the right foot, I thought of 5 positive affirmations that will put you in a constructive frame of mind.
1. This is a brand new week…there are no mistakes in it
Okay, so I may have borrowed a little from Anne of Green Gables. However, this saying is so true!
There’s a reason so many people make New Year’s resolutions or vow to begin a new diet plan on a Monday. We all love a fresh start.
You have an opportunity to dominate this week. Go ahead and plan out your meals so you can make healthier choices or eat out less. Before you go to sleep, leave your phone across the room so you have to get out of bed and get going on time. Whatever your personal goal is, come up with a plan of action so you are ready to execute.
Let’s make a commitment to ourselves to make the most of the next 7 days. We got this!
2. I have so much to be thankful for
I don’t care who you are: you can think of something to be grateful for.
Whether it’s the love of your family and friends, or your good health and able body, or just getting the opportunity to see another day…taking a moment to account for and appreciate your blessings can do wonders for your frame of mind.
When you make a habit of practicing gratitude, you will begin to experience it without even trying. You will find yourself reflexively appreciating little things like the breeze on a warm day, or a perfectly made cup of coffee, or the comfort of your favorite jeans.
All of those positive thoughts cushion our mental well being and help buoy us along on not-so-great days. They also aid in living a more fulfilled life.
3. I am what I surround myself with
Ever heard the phrase “you are what you eat” or “you are who your friends are”?
This concept can be applied to any facet of your life.
Do you surround yourself with kind, supportive people? Do you fuel your body with healthy sources of energy? Do you think you are worthy of happiness and success?
Evaluate the choices you make and the circumstances that are within your control. Are they helping you live a happy and satisfied life or are they just holding you back? If something is standing in the way of you and your personal goals, well…you know what to do.
4. Don’t Borrow Worry From Tomorrow
Sometimes we let our thoughts and fears paralyze us. I live with an anxiety disorder, so believe me: I get it.
The thing is…worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet or that is out of your control is a waste of your time and your peace of mind.
Perhaps you have every reason to believe that the thing you are worried about will come to pass, but brooding on it will do nothing but eat you up from the inside. It is better to practice mindfulness and try to live in the moment. Focus on what is happening right now.
While I was in the IOP behavioral program for my anxiety, we often recited the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to know the difference.
5. I’m going to be kind to myself this week
Despite all of our best efforts and good intentions, setbacks will inevitably happen. If for some reason you do not meet a personal goal this week, show yourself some kindness.
I have talked about how an “all or nothing” mindset is not compatible with well-balanced living. Take whatever hiccups that may appear this week in stride.
Seize the next opportunity you have to achieve your objective and make it count! Make a commitment to remain undeterred from the ultimate goal of living your best life.
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Did you find these positive affirmations helpful? What do you do to get your week started right? Tell me in the comments below!