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Monday’s are Your Fresh Start

choose happinessMonday can give us a chance to start anew. A fresh start of a new week; an opportunity to set a new course.

Maybe you spent the weekend running around with a mix of stepkids, biokids, 3 dogs and a cat….just trying to keep it all together. Or perhaps you spent the weekend alone….wondering how your kids are doing and wishing they were with you. If you had a weekend of difficulties (emotionally, kids fighting, a difficult exchange with your ex…), maybe this morning came with a sigh of relief. Or perhaps you are ready for the week to begin because your custody days are almost here.

Whatever state you are in, know that today you have the power to reshape your path. If you had a difficult weekend, pay attention to what did go right. Look for the good in your days and the light through the chaos.

No matter how hard last week was, you have the choice to take on a new attitude and a new thought process. A slight change in thinking and a goal to see the positive aspects in your life can make a ground breaking difference. Living day to day, issue to issue, will exhaust you and leave you in a constant state of turmoil. Choosing today to take a wider, more positive approach to your situation, will help you to stay focused on what matters. It will help you to look past harsh teenage words. To look past nasty text messages from your ex. To look past, and get off of, the emotional roller coaster.

Today, name 3 things in your life that make you happy.

Today, decide that despite the up and down emotions around you, you will stay constant.

Today, see the good in your family and notice the improvements (even the smallest ones) that have been made.

Today, relax in the knowledge that each day you will do your best and each day is a new start.

Today, choose happiness.

Monday’s are Your Fresh Start

Amy Bellows, PhD

Amy Bellows holds a PhD in Psychology and has had the opportunity to work in various settings including leading adolescent group therapy sessions, working with victims of sexual assault, helping woman inmates adjust to post-prison life, conducting parenting education classes and assisting with drug and alcohol dependency treatment plans. The unique challenges and opportunities that come along with being a part of a step-family is a special interest of hers. Amy is currently working in the corporate environment with a interest in group dynamics and change management. You can find her on her website, or on Twitter @AmyBellowsPhD.

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Bellows, A. (2015). Monday’s are Your Fresh Start. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from


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