Not even a morning person is likely to say so. And irrespective of whether you’ve had a good weekend or a bad one, Mondays never quite fail to cast a spell of gloom even on the most spirited of us. At the crack of Monday morning, motivation is, all too often, at its absolute low and in dire need of an espresso shot.

If you are struggling to get your day started AND this is causing stress in your life –in the realms of family, intimate relationships, career, etc. – here are a few suggestions that you might want to experiment with.

5 Things To NOT Do First Thing In The Morning

1. Don’t use an alarm – wake up naturally.

2. Don’t jump out of bed – lie there and breathe.

3. Don’t let the first liquid to hit your stomach be caffeinated – make it lemon water!

4. Don’t skip breakfast – eat something nourishing.

5. Don’t check your email/social media right away – spend some time reading, writing, or just sitting quietly or meditating.

Practice Gratitude – Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, being grateful for the good things in your life will attract more good things, and vice versa. Starting the week with gratitude is a great way to put a positive slant on everything.

Indulge in Some Personal Development – Every day is an opportunity to become a better version of yourself, so use that extra hour in your morning to inject some inspiration and motivation into your life. Whether it’s listening to a podcast, reading a book, or watching a Ted Talk, check out some great motivational speakers and incorporate them into your day.

  • Breakfast is a great time to feed your soul as well as your body. Sit down with a healthy meal and tune into someone you admire, someone who has achieved what you want to achieve.
  • Stick in your earbuds and take your own personal cheerleader with you when you go for a run or practice yoga. It will spur you on in both your exercise and your working week.
  • Immerse yourself in positivity. Any time you have a spare 15 minutes, read about how someone overcame adversity, or became successful against the odds, and put what they’re telling you into practice.