Inaugural Manic Monday


Welcome to my first Manic Monday posting. As you may already know, I’m an author who shares snippets along with helpful tidbits on writing. But I also like to provide words of wisdom to people in general. Since Monday generally represents a day of gloom and misery for a lot of people, I hope that this weekly posting brings some warmth and sunshine to those dreary Mondays.

For me, Monday has always been a prosperous day. For starters, I was actually born on a Monday and have always looked on the brighter side of what has been labelled as the day most people hate. I bet for many of you, the header image is something you can relate to. But worry no more, as it is with hope that I can help brighten your Mondays with some words or stories. I usually look at Mondays as the start of a new week, which means an opportunity to accomplish something new, for example teaching my students new words or phrases. Though like you, I have bad Mondays but when I wake up each Monday morning I try and look at it as a ‘good day’. As Eric Idle once said in a song, “Always look on the bright side of life”. So to you I say, “Always look on the bright side of Monday.”

So if the header image is something you can relate to, I’d like to offer one piece of advice to turn that frown into a smile: recharge. I don’t mean ‘recharge’, by taking a vacation, but rather ‘recharge’ while at the office. When I took an intensive teacher-training course last year, one of the trainers said, “Try and get out for some fresh air during your break.” I tried to do this (though not always possible) during the hour-long lunch break we had. Even today when I’m in between classes, I try to go out for a brief walk, even if it’s freezing or raining. This is something I encourage you to do, even if your break is slightly shorter than an hour.

So what can getting out for some fresh air do for you?

  • clear your mind of any stress from the morning grind
  • listen to your thoughts, without the distractions of phones ringing or chirpy voices
  • rejuvenate your inner self, so you can come back to work with a smile on your face (coworkers and bosses actually like to see this!)
  • EXERCISE – you won’t have to spend as much time at the gym later.

So get out for some fresh air, no matter the weather or the timing. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Happy Monday!

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