All praise is due to Allah subhana wa ta’ala, Lord of the worlds.
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
Ever wake up on Monday thinking, ‘Oh, no…I don’t want to go to work/school/college’? It’s a normal reaction. After 2 days of going along at your own pace, hanging out with friends and family or rushing to get the housework done and knowing you could do with another extra day to finish everything, having to get up on Monday can be a drag.
Well, beat the Monday blues with PACE! What is PACE, you ask..? It is an acronym which stands for
P – Positive
A – Attitude
C – Creates
E – Energy !!
It may sound too good to be true but try it yourself. First, eliminate all external factors. If you are tired, drink water. Tiredness and lethargy is usually a sign your body is dehydrated. Or go out and find a garden somewhere (or stand near a plant or two; potted plants, as long they are real, are acceptable) and breathe in some fresh, clean air. This will help you clear your mind and prepare you to face the rest of the day. For instant energy, have a banana.
If you hadn’t had time to make yourself breakfast, an oatmeal cookie or bran cereal with a glass of water or juice can kick start your day. On no account must you eat nasi lemak! It’s coconut milk ingredient is a sure bet to make you tired and lethargic an hour later.
Now you’re ready to start PACE! Begin with a smile, even though you don’t have much to smile about. A smile is sadaqah, so when you smile at another, the good deed you are doing will come back full circle to you, maybe not immediately but surely. Narrated Abu Dharr: The Prophet said, “Do not disdain any good deed, even your meeting with your brother (Muslim) with a cheerful face.” (Muslim)
Think of something positive about yourself. Try, ‘Alhamdulillah, I got to work on time today.’ Or, ‘I’m clearheaded before the staff meeting so Insha’Allah, I’m going to suggest some ideas for the project.’ Next, think of something positive about your colleague, friend, staff AND tell it to them! Here’s a few examples. ‘You look nice today.’ (bear in mind to only give vanity-type compliments to the same gender). ‘That was a good idea you suggested in the meeting just now.’ Or ‘You seem very happy today and it’s made me cheerful, too. Thank you!’. Rule of thumb when giving compliments: Always be sincere.
Call out greetings to your friends, acquaintances and even strangers. A simple ‘Hi or Good morning!’ is a great way to cheer up someone else. But the best greeting is ‘Assalamualaikum’. ‘Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As: A man asked Allah’s Messenger, “Which act in Islam is the best?” He replied, “To feed (the poor and the needy) and to salute everyone, whether you are acquainted with them or not.” ( Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
After doing all these steps, you will find that you feel more energized, have a more positive mindset than when you woke up and go through the rest of the day with confidence and cheerfulness, Insha’Allah.
Try it yourself.