Shift to the Positive
“It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown!” This is a common expression used to encourage people to look at the bright side and focus on the positive. But what if the physical act of smiling actually had a positive effect on your brain? Research says that it just might! Start this Monday with a smile to give your brain a pick-me-up!
For a midday “mini-refresh,” give yourself a face massage to relieve tension and recharge.
This Monday, practice loving kindness to extend good will to yourself and others. Send positive thoughts of love, kindness, and goodwill to everyone around you, including yourself. It spreads positivity and you’ll feel more connected to others.
Let’s face it, managing difficult emotions – such as annoyance and anger– requires extra effort. Use Mondays to master techniques to relieve the stress caused by extreme emotions and to restore your calm.
This year, New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday, which is also the ideal day to make a fresh start. Use this Monday to start 2019 by setting positive and healthy intentions for the year.
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!
When you find yourself standing in a long line, instead of getting frustrated with the wait, why not use the time to clear your mind with a little mindfulness?
Sometimes, we forget the toll that hard work can have on our mind and body. This Monday, disconnect from stress with some quick self-care tactics for a happier you.
This Monday, explore your strengths to build confidence by tapping your unused powers.
Each of us has core strengths – but you may be overlooking them. When you take the time to identify and use them, chances are you’ll feel more focused and confident. Acknowledging and working from your strengths can be a powerful antidote to stress, yielding an improved outlook and greater overall happiness.