Mindfulness is simply being fully present in the moment, and aware of what you’re doing and where you are. It’s the act of paying close attention to your thoughts, feelings and sensations as they’re happening. It’s taking note of your surroundings. Mindfulness is a simple, effective way to reduce stress because it stops you from reacting to or feeling overwhelmed by distractions and pressure.
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!
This Monday, when the storm of stress hits, ride it out and continue throughout the week. Stress is a normal part of all of our lives. However, we can become experts in managing it.
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, destress with Tai Chi, a low-impact but highly effective mind-body martial art that joins the breath with standing poses.
Are you drowsy during a meeting or sidetracked by distractions? Try some controlled deep breathing this Monday to fire you up and be more productive.
Revive! Try this easy one-minute breathing exercise that you can do anywhere and anytime:
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.
Radiate kindness on Monday. When you practice kindness towards others it helps them, and surprisingly, it will help you too.