It's Monday morning, and you can't help but curse at the chirping birds outside as you roll out of bed.
What are they so happy about, anyway?
We've all been there. But regardless of whether it's Monday or not -- which really isn't such a horrible day -- this is no way to start your morning.
At the risk of sounding like a fortune cookie, every day is truly a blessing. If you're living, breathing, and reading this article, you're off to a pretty great start, right?
Sadly, that feeling of gratitude is being overshadowed by negative Nancy habits you may be doing.
Here are the telltale signs you're ruining your day before it even begins.
1. You're Carrying Yesterday Into Today
When the clock strikes midnight, despite whether you lost one glass slipper or not, it's time to march into the next day.
Bringing yesterday's troubles into today's clean slate is just dirtying your chance at peace of mind. Immediately thinking about what you couldn't change yesterday cuts today's potential short.
Remember, there are things you can and cannot change. Be content with your efforts, and you'll take control of your day and all it has to offer.
2. You're Stressing About Your To-Do List, Over And Over
You write your to-do list down so you can refer to it when you're out and about.
Repeating the chaos in your head when you first wake up is not food for thought. In fact, it probably makes you want to vomit.
Don't neglect your responsibilities, but delegate them to yourself like you're human, not a robot.
Naturally, you want to get things done, and you will. Just write it all down and let the superpower of adulting flow through you. Power Rangers do it all the time.
3. You're Negatively Predicting The Day's Outcome
This should be a given, but you probably subconsciously say things like, “I bet she'll be late again,” or “I probably won't even get a lunch break today."
Maybe these things happen routinely, but speaking negativity into your day before it even unfolds puts your mind into a jaded state.
If these things happen, let them. We can't control how many things go down; we only control our reaction to them happening.
Keep this in mind, and you'll face a smoother day.
4. You're Setting Exhausting Expectations
Look, we all want the gold star for the day, but there are ways to achieve that without maxing yourself out by lunch time.
Be conscious of the things you commit to throughout your day.
You don't want to let anyone down, but you have to take care of yourself first. If that means ditching drinks after an extremely long day at work, you go Glen Coco.
5. You're Letting The Day Of The Week Define You
Monday may be a total drag, but that's only because you aren't picking up your feet.
Not every day of the week is the same, but basing your mood on that is pure torture. Besides, who has time to designate emotions to specific days, anyway?
Stop treating the early days of the week like a chore, and maybe you won't receive such a crappy day in return. The sun rises and sets on each day of the week, so why not appreciate each one for what it is and just live it up?
The day is your mural. So instead of painting cloudy skies with your negative habits, create your silver lining with positive thoughts, and remain confident in the masterpiece you have to offer the world.