Mindfulness

This Monday, take a moment to find your happy place to beat stress.

Want a successful and enjoyable tactic for keeping calm when things are stressful? Take a moment to return to your center this Monday by visualizing a stress-free, happy place.

Place Your Goals within Reach — and Your Stress Far Away

Monday is for taking a fresh approach to re-imagining your future. If you’ve been feeling stressed, take a moment to see a different outcome.

Extend Out and Spread the Warmth in Your Daily Interactions

This Monday, learn how to practice your compassion and spread the love and positivity you receive from your mother, father, and loved ones to everyone you meet.

Mindfulness 101: Where and When to Practice

All this month, DeStress Monday has been going back to the basics, explaining the fundamentals of building a mindfulness practice. Beginning with deep breathing techniques, we discussed being present and positive, then we learned the benefits of loving kindness. You may be thinking that all of this is great information – but when and where are you supposed to do this? This Monday, we’ll give you a few simple suggestions for fitting mindfulness into your schedule.

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 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.

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.

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!