Let the Monday Morning Anxieties Begin!

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day weekend!  Friday was a much longed for snow day (although nothing stuck), Monday was President’s Day and yesterday was Fat Tuesday.  Although we don’t celebrate Mardi Gras, we certainly did enjoy the extra time off.  With any vacation, though, comes the transition back to the real world, and even though today is Wednesday – it certainly feels like a Monday.
My alarm ringtone is the Hallelujah chorus.  I figured that if that song wakes me every morning, I’ll be more likely to get up with a smile on my face.  It hasn’t worked yet.
Here is my list of suggestions for making Mondays easier:
  • Preparing meals in advance is a must.  You can even make sandwiches (sans condiments) and freeze them for a week.  Pull them out of the freezer before leaving for the day, and they will be ready to go at lunchtime.  This is a great Saturday afternoon activity for you to do with the kids.  Helps them learn to plan ahead too!
  • Pack and zip the bags for morning.  Make sure you have all of your supplies, so that all you have to do is pick up the bags and go.
  • Clothing – don’t wait until Monday morning to get uniforms and outfits together!  Plan ahead and cut way down on Monday stress.
Consistency is key!  How many times have we had great intentions, only for Monday morning to catch us by surprise?  I participated in a book study recently, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.  In the book, we are told that we were not put on this earth to be stressed and worried – and that if we take the time to prepare, we won’t be.  Then, we got into a discussion about Sundays being a day of rest.
If you're like me, the very thought of that idea brings up images of destroyed houses (much like the one I'm in right now).  The point is, if we prepare throughout the week, then we will be able to have a stress-free day off with our families or with ourselves - every week.
So, as I'm looking forward to Sunday, I am trying my hardest to prepare a day in advance so that I can actually pull those already cooked meals from the freezer, access everything that my family and I will need (because it's in it's place) and enjoy my calm home.  I hope you can too!

 

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