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Monday Meditation: Renaming Today “Fun-day”

on January 16, 2012

Monday Meditation: Renaming Today “Fun-day”

Monday is typically a dreaded day. It’s more unwelcome than a case of athlete’s foot. Yet it returns and reruns itself no matter what remedy we try. So it might be time for a change of perspective and to think positively about this day instead of always trying to avoid it. I’ve decided to rename Monday to “Fun-day”, the day of the week when we make an effort to enjoy the opportunities a fresh start to a new work week can offer. It’s time to look at all the potential Monday, I mean “Fun-Day”, presents.

First, we should admit that our problem with Monday is that it seems to end the fun of the weekend. If we make a choice to continue the fun on the first day of the week, sleeping on Sunday (the “day of rest”?) night won’t be the challenge is it for people who don’t look forward to Mondays. If we think of the day as “Fun-day” instead of Monday we might get enough sleep on Sunday to make the most of this promising day.

The next issue we have with Monday is that it never seems to have enough time built into it. That’s because we spend most of it being disgruntled that it has reappeared instead of making the best of something we can’t change anyway. The sun comes up and Monday comes back. That’s reality on this big round thing we live on. Like some other distasteful things I won’t mention, Monday happens. So it’s worth the LESS STRESS to plan ahead to make Monday more like “Fun-day” instead of I-hate-life-day. Take a few minutes on Friday to make a “Fun-day” plan. Look over the list and do one of the “Fun-day” jobs on Friday (P.S. I’m renaming Friday too, more on that later.) That way, “Fun-day” will have more space for taking care of something that invariably pops up or poops out.  Those last minute, didn’t-know-this-would-happen things that Mondays are famous for.

Time and trying to live against it instead of with it is a major contributor to creating bad stress in humans. Take a minute or two on some day in advance of Monday to make it “Fun-day” and relieve yourself of a tiny bit of stress.

What will you do today to make it “Fun-day”?

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There are five primary areas of practice to the Writer Wellness plan. Every other week I will post an idea for relaxation (Monday Meditation,) creative play (Tuesday Tickle,) fitness and exercise (Wednesday Workout,) journaling and misc. (Thursday Thought,) and nutrition (Friday Feast.)

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2 responses to “Monday Meditation: Renaming Today “Fun-day”

  1. msspencer says:

    Joy, I love your point that we waste so much Monday being disgruntled about it being Monday–LOL. Will try (urg) to revamp my attitude–Meredith

  2. Joanna Aislinn says:

    Yay! I’m so excited to win and can’t wait to start working with you one-to-one, Joy!

    As per Monday (aka Fun-Day) I never thought of it in terms of being shorter b/c of griping about it, lol. Though I may not look forward to starting another work week–you’d think my job was so distasteful, which it isn’t–I see it as a Day One of a countdown to my next day when I don’t have to go in. I also look forward to some things that happen only on a Monday: Dancing with the Stars (fall and spring); and a group I meet with during DWTS’s off seasons! 🙂

    Last year, I too offered blog posts on Mondays, keeping them on positive energy topics (and hence the name, PEM: Positive Energy Mondays). Though I continue to post on positive topics, I’ve since brought down posts to twice weekly, more often than not on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (For those interested, PEM posts can be found by scrolling through my archived posts at http://www.joannaaislinn.wordpress.com).

    Thanks, Joy! Off to email you!

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