Laura Lynch quit social media and started seeing things in a completely different way. Now she writes about living a happier and less stressful life at ondayslikethis.com
With the St. Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend now over, most of us are feeling a little tired and reluctant to get back to work and get back into 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 a 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.
Tip: leave your phone/ alarm clock over the other side of your bedroom this week so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
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Listen to your favourite 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 has to throw at you.
Get out more
This one’s easy, just get out more! So simple but it will definitely 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 will help clear your head and it’s good for physical health. We are starting to see that ‘grand oul stretch’ in the evening that we love so much, so just go for it!
Do something nice for others
A big one 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 through.
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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?
Have a great week, Laura
Photograph by: Anthony Ginsbrook