When I was in high school, I was pretty busy, with academics and football. During the summer and fall months, I would wake up at 6:59 AM, and leave for school about 7:45. I would usually arrive at 7:50 with about 10 minutes to hang with my friends and gear up for the day. Then, on “hard day” (full contact) practices (Tuesday and Wednesday) I would leave school at 3:00, get to the football field, get dressed, and practice from 3:30-6:30. All-in-all, I had a nearly 12 work hour day by the time I got home.
On Thursdays, things were a little easier. I only practiced until 5:30, and it was with helmets only, without full contact. in other words, my cuts and bruises had one day to heal! On Thursdays, I allowed myself to relax and have fun. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I “held back” my best self, but on Thursdays, I was my usual relaxed and fun self. However, I realize now that I controlled that. It wasn’t football practice that made me tense two days of the week. It was my brain! Sure, football was a powerful outside pressure, but ultimately I made the decision.
I am not saying it is easy to “flip the switch” and have a great day. Older people pre-determine that they will have bad days too. Most people I know hate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but are in great moods on Friday. It is the same mentality. However, you control if you have a great day. So, are you stressing about today? Stressing about this week? Take control! Tell your brain that you are in charge, and you’re going to have a great day.