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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
If you find yourself in need of a quiet, slow moment amidst a storm of chaos and noise, single-pointed concentration might be a great solution. This practice has roots in Buddhist meditation, but even if you’re not spiritual you can still appreciate the focus and concentration you will learn. This Monday, take a moment to slow down, focus on a single point, and reduce your stress while training your brain.
Finding time to practice mindfulness may be well within your daily routine. This Monday morning, select an activity you usually do alone and place yourself in the moment. Focus on each detail of the task, without judging or analyzing. if your thoughts start to wander, gently return them to present. Begin each week with mindfulness to help relieve stress and anxiety. You’ll feel more centered, confident and energized.
Throughout each day, our minds are constantly racing. We’re continually thinking about what comes next, checking our things-to-do list and trying to stay ahead of schedule. Quite often, this leads to feelings of stress and tension. During these times, give yourself a much-needed break with mindful drawing. It will help wind down your frantic thoughts and restore your sense of calm and control. The goal isn’t to create wonderful art. In fact, there’s no reason to judge the art at all. Instead, it’s a process that helps you focus your thoughts to be mindfully in the moment. And it’s easy to do.
Too often life seems to be rushing by like an out of control roller coaster. The frenetic pace and unexpected turns can lead to tension, stress and anxiety. Today’s mindfulness exercise helps alleviate these negative feelings. It teaches you how to slow down your world so you can see it in a more manageable perspective. The result is you’ll feel calmer, more centered and more in control. Best of all, you can practice this exercise anywhere. All it takes is a few spare moments.
Food plays a vital role in our daily lives and offers a perfect chance to practice mindfulness each day. In this exercise, we’re using a cranberry, but any food works fine. The intent is to use all your senses to fully focus on the eating experience. You’ll gain a greater appreciation for the food we eat and reduce your feelings of stress.