How to Make Mornings & Mondays Easier

I'm someone who has dreaded and avoided Mondays and mornings for pretty much my entire life. I'm whatever the opposite of a morning person is and I get anxiety about Monday mornings and not wanting a new week to start.

Recently, I've been taking some steps to overcome these "fears" of mornings and of Mondays and I thought I would share them with all of you. Instead of viewing Monday as the end of the weekend, I've started viewing it as the beginning of a brand new week that I'm genuinely lucky to get to experience. These simple steps have made them much more enjoyable for me, and I hope they work for any of you out there who feel the same way!

1. Prep as much as you can the night before.

I'm a planner, so this was the first thing I did. Whether it's packing my lunch the night before, doing a face mask at night to relax or getting my work bag and coat set up by the door, these little things I can do to prep for the morning and week ahead make my life a lot easier come 7 AM on Monday morning.

2. Make mornings fun again!

I'm someone whose mood is very influenced by her surroundings. If things are blah and drab around me, it bums me out. So, I have started filling Monday mornings with some of my favorite things -- flowers in my bathroom, a lit candle before I hop in the shower, music or my favorite podcast playing, and coffee in my favorite mug. These things set the scene for me and help me get excited to get ready as opposed to dreading what's to come.

3. Give yourself plenty of time.

As tempting as it is to lay in bed all morning, I've started hopping out of bed just a little sooner (~15 minutes earlier than I used to) and those extra 15 minutes give me time to do the little things I always forget I end up doing in the mornings. Rushing around stressed in the morning sets the tone for your entire day, and if you start it in a bad mood, you'll likely end it that way.

4. Go to bed earlier on Sundays.

I used to try to suck every last minute out of Sunday nights and procrastinate going to bed because I knew Monday morning would come sooner. But now, instead, I've started to embrace them and get in bed by 8 or 9 to read a good book. I'm in a much better mood when I wake up Monday morning well-rested and feel like I actually have the energy to make it through the toughest day of the week.