That Monday Morning Feeling – Not Living the True Me

I recently had a big blip of a downer… I was tired, hating my job, had lost confidence in my ability to do anything well and . . . well, you know the kind of day I mean. Was I just suffering that ‘Monday Morning Feeling’ or was something deeper going on?

At work, when colleagues asked me the usual question, ‘Are you alright?’, I surprised them by saying ‘No, I’m not.’

It took them by surprise for two reasons: firstly, because they were expecting the usual ‘Yes thanks… you?’ answer to that question, and secondly, it was unusual for me to answer negatively, and they said ‘That’s not like you.’

This response from my colleagues helped me to realise that it wasn’t the true ‘me’ who was speaking. The true me is joyful, playful and fun to be around. The person speaking at work that day was an old me; one who wallowed in self-pity and blamed everyone except herself for what was wrong in her life – the job, the hours, the boss etc.

‘OK,’ I thought, ‘so it’s not the real me’. Why? How have I allowed myself to be less than who I truly am? As I looked back on the days preceding that particular Monday, I recalled it was a collection of events that had left me feeling tired and had taken me away from my true self.

Not only that, but my house had been getting messier and messier and I was avoiding clearing it, and my wake-up and going-to-bed times were all over the place. It wasn’t due to the late shifts I occasionally work, because I was going to bed late on my days off too.

And then I twigged – I’d given more importance to all the things I felt I had to do instead of being aware of my body and nurturing the real me.

I need a sense of rhythm in my life, a regular commitment to self-care that serves as my foundation and supports me throughout my day, no matter what I do or what hours I work.

There are many small ways in which I can do this – making sure I wash up after meals so that my kitchen is clean and ready for the next meal; keeping my bedroom tidy so that it is a restful place to sleep; switching off my computer earlier so I can wind down ready for sleep.

In the mornings I can wake up with a sense of appreciation of who I am and what I feel, go for a walk, and do gentle exercises to stretch my ageing body and keep it mobile.

These are all things I am doing, but not every day on a regular basis. The words that come to mind are COMMITMENT and CONSISTENCY – I need to commit to ME, the True Me and be consistent in these little self-loving ways so that I create a solid foundation of support for myself.

This is very much a work-in-progress because changing old patterns and ways of being, without self-judgment or criticism, is tricky. Appreciating and putting me first helps me to be strong enough to support others. It’s not selfish, it is essential self-care.

When I look after myself, keep my environment tidy and don’t try to do too much, then I am far less exhausted and, amazingly, can do far more. My energy is consistently steady, every day feels the same – joyful and fun, and there is no more ‘Monday Morning Feeling’.

My thanks go to Serge Benhayon, Natalie Benhayon, Simone Benhayon and Sara Williams, whose loving support has helped me to understand the importance of setting a good foundation and a consistent loving rhythm in my life.

By Carmel Reid, Somerset, UK

Further Reading:
From Exhaustion and Feeling False to Feeling Vital and Truly Looking After Myself

696 thoughts on “That Monday Morning Feeling – Not Living the True Me

  1. It was a good to read this blog again, it reminded me of how important it is that we continue committing to our wellbeing. And as we commit more, it becomes more and more refined as we discover another part of our livingness that needs that love and care.

    It kind of feels that once we build that foundation, then another point is exposed and needs that love and attention. I love how it is forever developing and unfolding.

  2. Carmel I’m understanding more and more of what ‘living the true me’ means. Life is different when we are not constantly coming from the doing all the time. There is a different way to be and that is from being responsible for how we live and it affecting everything around us. When I’m out everything is a burden, when I’m with myself, there is oodles of energy. This energy is like no other, not stimulated, not artificial, it’s natural and ready to serve the world.

    1. What a great reminder that when we show our true selves more and more, people get to meet the real you. The reflection for others to give permission to be them too. It only requires the one for another to be the one too…

  3. Expanding what you have shared Carmel how important is it to Walk 👯‍♂️Your Talk 💏 and thus be Absoulutely honest in all we do.

    1. Absolutely Greg, ‘walk your talk’, and when you do, people know the difference. It either repels them or inspires them, it is that simple.

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