Mondays often get a bad rap – “dreaded Mondays” or the “Monday blues” or “I hate Mondays” yet Mondays have a lot to offer when it comes to our health. Mondays are like a mini New Year’s Day. Many approach a new year with hope and optimism. We anticipate the possibility of creating something different for ourselves. “This year, I am going to . . .” and we fill in the blank with our desired outcomes. Those outcomes could range from something small like getting a new hairstyle to something big like a new career path.
Did you know that research has found that more people do internet searches for health related issues on a Monday than any other day of the week? What makes people search on a Monday? Well it is suggested that Mondays – like New Year’s Day – offers people a fresh start. A fresh start to do a health reset.
In contrast Saturdays and Sundays are the least internet search days for health related issues. It seems that people take the weekends off. It’s as if people revert back to their old school days when a good weekend was a no homework weekend. As adults – we assign our own ‘homework’ so it is no wonder that people are tempted to make every weekend a no-homework weekend!
The realization that Monday offers us a mini New Year’s Day can be an asset in our lives. It can offer us a workable solution for a number of health related challenges. These health related challenges include:
Once a week weigh-ins can help keep you on track – do it on a Monday morning after first void – record it and compare it to last week’s number to see if you need to tweak your eating plan.
Introducing a new behaviour you want to become a habit is hard – do it on a Monday so that you have the whole week of scheduled time before your routine is interrupted by the weekend.
Finding people in your life who can support your path to better health is not always easy – invite them over for a meal or bring the meal to them on a Monday – it is a bit of a weekend extender for them and a great way to introduce them to your way of eating – a stomach full of delicious food is an inviting incentive to give you the support you need!
Maintaining habits can be even more challenging than creating habits – let Monday become “Motivational Mondays” where you set aside some time to read or watch a short you tube video that inspires you to stay the course for the rest of the week to a healthier you!
So if you don’t tackle all your challenges this Monday – you have 51 more Mondays to begin again!
In the meantime, make your fork your friend!