Shift to the Positive

Bring more happiness and positivity into your life. Make it a regular practice to build on the positive aspects of your experiences, while reducing negative thoughts. According to scientists who study positive psychology and happiness, there are a variety of techniques to help you shift to the positive. These include imagining our best possible self, making a list of things we’re grateful for, and bringing to mind people who give meaning and happiness to your life.

With this in mind, another important way to shift to the positive is to provide compassion and kindness to others. Helping to make others happy yields a tremendous reward in making yourself happy. So be generous in both deeds and spirit. And with regular practice, you’ll soon embody these positive qualities and move towards a healthier, more uplifting outlook.

Practice Loving Kindness to Spread Joy to Others

‘Tis the season to spread good tidings, and one way to do that is to practice loving kindness! This kind of meditation practice is a great way to calm your mind, develop compassion and empathy for others, and help you be more present. Take a few minutes this Monday to put out positive vibes for others while decreasing stress for you!

Thanks for the Memories!

The holiday season is a great time for seeing family and friends and appreciating the relationships we share. Long-running traditions also give us something to look forward to, as if we have a built-in photo album of happy memories. New research says that those memories might actually be able to reduce our stress – just in time for the holiday season! This Monday, remember the good times and find a happy place.

I vs. We: Practicing Empathy

When it comes to navigating stressful situations, it’s easy to feel like you’re all by yourself. Before you know it, you’ve been replaying conversations in your head and anxiety is building from the anticipation of a confrontation. One way to get out of your own head is to remind yourself that the world is not about you – it’s about many people. Shift your thinking from “I” to “we” and start practicing empathy this Monday.

Take a Step Back from Stress

When you find yourself in a stressful situation, it may be hard to find a way out. You might be replaying a tense conversation in your head, trying to come up with all the different ways it could have gone. But ruminating in stress means that you aren’t managing stress. This Monday, learn how to take a step back from stress in order to gain a better perspective on it.

If Stress Is Haunting You, It Could Be Hurting You Too

Halloween is approaching, but it might not be ghosts and goblins that are lurking in the background. Stress can cause physical harm to your body – and you might not even know about it. This Monday, learn about how stress can cause damage to your brain and body and then find out how to prevent it before it becomes a nightmare!

How Daydreaming Can Help You Escape Stress

If you find yourself escaping into an imagined world of your own, you might be doing something that’s great for your brain. Daydreaming is seen by some people as a sign of being easily distracted or disconnected. However, daydreaming actually exercises our brain and helps us develop our emotions. This Monday, let your mind wander for a while!

Recognizing Burnout in the Workplace

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a great person to work with. Being a reliable member of a team who is always ready to take on any project at a moment’s notice is one way to give your professional career credibility and momentum. However, there is such a thing as burning out, and that only leads to less productivity. When you get back to the grind this Monday, make sure it isn’t grinding you down.

Take It In – Let Awe Have a Moment

Try to remember the last time something left you speechless – but in a good way. Has something ever left you overwhelmed, impressed, or flushed with a slew of positive emotions that took your breath away? Letting yourself exist in a state of awe for a little while can be beneficial to your well-being while relieving you of burdensome stress. This Monday, find an opportunity to bring something that is literally awesome into your life.

Laugh Out Loud, Lower Your Stress Levels

When life gets tough, an easy way to release tension is a good laugh. But have you ever considered “mindful laughing” while watching your favorite comedy? It might seem unlikely to think of comedy as a mindful experience, especially when the material could contain cursing, ranting, and raunchiness. But there is an argument to make for comedy as a sort of meditation. This Monday, make time to laugh out loud – for your health!

Take a Social Media Break

It’s not uncommon to reach for your smartphone when you find yourself trying to pass the time. You might even be checking your phone while doing something else, worried about the “fear of missing out.” According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 43 percent of Americans consider themselves “constant checkers,” logging in to their multiple social media accounts to see if anything is going on. But all of this “constant checking” might be causing us a lot of unnecessary stress. If you’re looking for one way to decrease your stress levels this Monday, try getting off of your phone!