A new start to a new working week, the popularity of Mondays can only be compared to that of Marmite. Some love them, most hate them.
Whether you need uplifting from the Monday blues at work or want to make a start on improving your wellness at home, here are five simple but effective steps to becoming more zen on a moody Monday, according to our reporter Amy Johnson.
Healthy Breakfast –
Some days, especially Monday mornings, we may skip breakfast and leave the house in a rush. However, eating breakfast before leaving can highly benefit our mental and physical wellbeing throughout the day.
Not just any breakfast, such as a greasy fry-up or a piece of toast, but one that gives us a boost of nutrients to kick our mornings off in the right way.
Try making a smoothie before work, having fruit with your breakfast such as a banana or apple, and eating slow energy releasing foods such as oats. A balanced diet is key, and having a good breakfast is the best way to start our day.
Breath Work –
Deep breathing helps relax the mind and body and can be done anywhere at any time. Breath work is particularly good for people suffering from high functioning anxiety, as it helps regain focus and self-awareness whilst relaxing the tense parts of our bodies.
Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique two to three times a day when needed. Breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold for seven, and release through your mouth for eight.
Journaling has become increasingly popular in recent years as a wellness method, and for good reason. Many people choose to journal as a way to get all of their thoughts out of their minds and onto paper.
If you’re not sure where to start then try looking at pre-written journals online (you can purchase these from any reputable online book store and/or Amazon for quick delivery), or you can design your own using an old scrapbook or notebook you have lying around.
A time old skill that everyone should feel the benefits of. Meditation is a powerful technique that has been adapted by many different cultures for centuries.
Try listening to a guided mediation or binaural sounds (these can be found on YouTube/Spotify) whilst sitting/laying in a comfortable position in a quiet area. Loosen any restrictive clothing and focus on your senses.
Do Something You Enjoy! –
Listen to your favourite uplifting songs, dance in your kitchen or office like nobody is watching, watch a new show you’ve been thinking about; the list goes on. Do something that makes you smile to give yourself the positive break you deserve.
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