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Welcome to Monday folks! For today, all we’re going to do is focus on transitions. When I say transitions I mean long or short, like your commute to work, walking to your next meeting, grabbing lunch or refilling your water bottle. When you’re in a period of transition, try to just focus on the change in direction and movement in your brain and body. Normally we’re so caught up in our own thoughts (or cell phones) to pay attention to the process of change while moving from one activity to the next. By letting yourself focus on the transition, when you arrive at your next destination you may find that you’re a little more present and prepared!

We all have to do chores and they’re rarely fun. Unless you love washing dishes (secretly, I do) it can really be a chore to take on chores. Next time you’re getting ready to work some household chores, take a moment to really connect with the chore. If you’re washing dishes, enjoy the feeling of the hot water and the circular motion and how it feels to rinse off the grime. If you’re sweeping the floors take your time to feel how your body takes one each movement. Folding the laundry? Take in the scent and focus on how each fold makes that shirt into the perfect size for your drawer. Whatever the chore is, enjoy the details of the chore. Who knows, you may discover you adore cleaning the bathroom!

Happy Monday! For this mindful Monday, we’re going to focus on tomorrow morning instead of today. Tomorrow, set a second alarm (just in case) and when you wake up, keep your eyes closed. Instead of reaching for that shiny light box of a phone you have acting as your alarm clock and checking instagram, hit “off”, and let it be a slow wake up. Take in the smells, the sounds, the feeling of your sheets. Wiggle your toes and fingers and try out some long stretches while happily under the covers. Take your time and relish in the morning hours before the busyness of your day begins.

Monday is the day that we can dread, or, a day that can energize us and start the week off right. One thing that could really set things off on the right foot is taking the time to slow down and make dinner. The process of finding a recipe online, from your mother, or reusing an oldie but goodie, purchasing the ingredients, methodically chopping, sautéing, stirring, roasting then plating can be therapeutic in its details. By really giving into the process and staying present during each step, you may find the food tasting better than grabbing takeout on your way home from work. It can take a little bit longer, but there’s something about sitting down to a meal you prepared for yourself. For some reason it tastes better!

Oh hello Monday, how are you today? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your laundry list of things you should be doing, here’s a fun trick that can help you feel accomplished in the short-term while gearing up for that long-term visioning you’ve been up. Are you ready? Create a goal. Make it simple, and easy to attain. It could be as simple as “I’d like to cook dinner twice this week” or, “I’ll only watch two hours of television this week.” It can be anything, just make it something that 1) could have a positive impact on your week and 2) won’t put a big damper on everything else you have for the week. At the end of the week (or month, however you set it up), reward yourself with a gold star (or ice cream cone) to acknowledge a win!

That’s it! A simple goal that can be accomplished, well, it can feel really great to complete it. Even if it’s as straightforward as doing your laundry.

Waiting isn’t fun. While standing in that line for your salad at the nearby lunch spot, use it as a time to check in with yourself. Don’t pull out your phone to snapchat, instead, take this moment to listen to your surroundings, drink in the environment and watch your breath. Stay really present, and you may be surprised how quickly the line seems to move!

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