Shift to the Positive
This Monday, destress by exploring a garden or park near you! It can benefit your mind, body, and soul. Take a stroll through a park on your way to work, enjoy your lunch hour in a garden near your office, or sit on a lawn for an outdoor evening concert or movie.
Try to remember the last time something left you speechless – but in a good way. Has something ever left you overwhelmed, impressed, or flushed with a slew of positive emotions that took your breath away? Letting yourself exist in a state of awe for a little while can be beneficial to your well-being while relieving you of burdensome stress. This Monday, find an opportunity to bring something that is literally awesome into your life.
Scientists have found that laughter can put us in a more positive frame of mind and help reinforce social connections that can lead to greater social satisfaction and happiness. This week make laughter a part of your Monday Refresh!
It’s a source of pride to be “plugged in” to daily life. Whether you’re using technology to follow pop culture or the news, or it’s helping you do your job and keep up with friends, being tethered to our smartphones and computers keeps us in the loop every second of the day. But is that a good thing?
Our first family portrait is the Blue Marble, the first picture of Earth ever taken from space. It gives you a child-like rush of curiosity and awe when you see it the first time. Take this Monday to reconnect to this feeling and celebrate Earth Day.
“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.