Why are Mondays so hard? And do they really have to be? We asked five smart, successful women to share how they make the first day of the week just a little bit easier. Here are five smart pieces of advice from an actress, an author, a chemist, a philanthropist, and a budding surgeon.
"I know Mondays can be rough, but I always try and remind myself how lucky I am to be doing something I love. When you have passion and you are watching your dreams come to fruition, it makes getting out of bed much easier."
— Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress
"I make Monday better by waking up thankful that I get to see another day. I leave the prior week behind me and focus on how great the new week will be, and I always start my morning off with a smile. For me, Mondays are great, and I make them even better by taking the time to realize how much of a blessing it is to be able to see a Monday."
— Danielle Ward, surgeon in training
On making Monday special
"Monday is always special dinner day. The week is starting, there's fresh stress in the house, there's always a little bit of exhaustion from the day — at least from the boyfriend. So I always try to make something special for dinner because I'm a bit of a foodie and I can. That's my Monday ritual."
— Yvette d'Entremont, chemist
On chilling on Sunday
"I always look forward to relaxing on Sunday night. Usually that means watching TV with my 13-year-old son. We always have a series we are watching together and I (almost) always find time for it, if he's not too busy!"
— Liz Scott, philanthropist
On embracing the quiet (in PJs)
"When the kids are in school, I will drive them in my PJs and then come home and bask in the glow of a quiet house. I mean, I sort of do this every day, but after the chaos of weekends, it feels completely luxurious on Mondays. Ahhh..."
— Jill Smokler, author
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