Shift to the Positive
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!
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.
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.
When you find yourself in a stressful situation, it may be hard to find a way out. You might be replaying a tense conversation in your head, trying to come up with all the different ways it could have gone. But ruminating in stress means that you aren’t managing stress. This Monday, learn how to take a step back from stress in order to gain a better perspective on it.
Halloween is approaching, but it might not be ghosts and goblins that are lurking in the background. Stress can cause physical harm to your body – and you might not even know about it. This Monday, learn about how stress can cause damage to your brain and body and then find out how to prevent it before it becomes a nightmare!
If you find yourself escaping into an imagined world of your own, you might be doing something that’s great for your brain. Daydreaming is seen by some people as a sign of being easily distracted or disconnected. However, daydreaming actually exercises our brain and helps us develop our emotions. This Monday, let your mind wander for a while!
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a great person to work with. Being a reliable member of a team who is always ready to take on any project at a moment’s notice is one way to give your professional career credibility and momentum. However, there is such a thing as burning out, and that only leads to less productivity. When you get back to the grind this Monday, make sure it isn’t grinding you down.
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!
Many of us feel like we’re carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. In an effort to please as many people as possible, we make a lot of promises forgetting that we have our own priorities. Sometimes, we ask too much of ourselves. This Monday, take some time to figure out what is weighing you down and unburden yourself in the name of self-care.