Weekly Tips

Start Each Week Calm, Focused and Positive

Use our weekly tips to reduce tension and anxiety in your life. These science-based practices are designed to alleviate both physical and mental stress. So you can start each week with a fresh, positive outlook.

Mindfulness 101: Loving Kindness

Practicing mindfulness, as we have been learning all this month, has great benefits for reducing our daily stress. Even when done separately, deep breathing, being present, and being positive all help to calm the mind and help you refresh yourself in just a few minutes. This week, let’s take those benefits and extend them to others. Practicing loving kindness is a great way to build empathy and compassion; two things that help you look beyond yourself and put a stressful situation into perspective. This Monday, spread the good vibes and make it a great week for you and everyone around you!

Mindfulness 101: Be Positive

Once you’ve learned how to clear your head of daily worries with the basics of mindfulness, such as deep breathing and being present, the next step is to shift your state of mind. If stress has been causing you to have negative thoughts, try switching your direction and think positive. Look on the bright side this Monday and spread sunshine everywhere you go!

Mindfulness 101: Being Present

This month, we’re covering the basics of mindfulness so you can build a simple mindfulness practice from the ground up. Every Monday, we’ll discuss a key element that can work on its own or build upon last week’s element. Last Monday we covered deep breathing, which can help you focus on your breath as a way to relieve stress. This week, we’ll discuss being present, which is an important part of mindfulness that can also reduce stress and ease anxiety. You can even use deep breathing as a way to begin!

Mindfulness Monday 101: Deep Breathing

As we begin a brand new year, it’s a great opportunity to start paying better attention to self-care and managing our daily stress. Maybe you already have a few favorite activities that help you calm your mind and body, but consider adding one more tool to your anti-stress kit: mindfulness. Every Monday this month, DeStress Monday will present a new element of mindfulness that can be built upon to create an easy-to-follow practice that may help you reduce symptoms of stress. This Monday, we’ll start with the one of the most basic elements of a mindful practice: deep breathing.

End the Year with Gratitude

Before you start creating your New Year’s resolutions, spend some time this Monday reflecting on the best parts of the year before it wraps up. If you had a great year or a year with a few bumps in the road, this is a great time to single out those events – big and small – that made you happy, hopeful, and peaceful. It can be easy to forget all the positive things that happened in just one week, not to mention the whole year! This Monday, let the end of the year be a celebration of gratitude and set the tone for a less stressful year ahead!

Take the Bad with the Good this Monday

The holiday season is a time of joy and togetherness, but it isn’t always the easiest time of year. Negative emotions have a way of creeping in and spoiling our good mood – but only if we let it. If you’re feeling down or stressed this Monday, learn how to embrace your negative emotions rather than run away with them. The result may surprise you!

Develop Your Own Mantra

If you could make one wish, what would it be? Creating a mantra may not guarantee that your wish will be granted, but developing a practice that helps you focus on one thing at a time may drive you in the right direction. This Monday, figure out one of your deepest desires and create a mantra that you can use to keep yourself on target.

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.