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Welcome to the inaugural blog post of DeStress Monday! We’re here for you every Monday, offering tips and meditations to help you live a happier, less stressed life.

We’re kicking off this week with the idea of the Monday Refresh. By starting fresh at the beginning of the week, you can positively change your behavior and stay motivated throughout the week. This concept is supported by research and emphasizes Mondays as a great time for you to take action for better mental and physical health. The Monday Refresh in particular can help you get in the right frame of mind – what we call the “fresh start mindset.” It’s the feeling of excitement and energy that comes from starting something new, when all of the obstacles are cleared away to make room for new possibilities.

So before you dive into the week, take a moment to sit quietly and refresh your mind with this simple practice:

  1. Breathe. Focus on your breathing to settle your mind.
  2. Be Mindful. Let go of thoughts about the past and worries about the future. Be in the moment.
  3. Shift to the Positive. Detach from any harmful feelings and redirect your thinking to be positive.
  4. Spread the Happiness. Share your positive energy and outlook with others and wish them well.

 

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For help with your refresh practice, check out our guided audios by leading experts. Dr. Joseph Loizzo provides an introduction to the practice and we’ll be adding more in the weeks to come.