Spend Monday Smiling!

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“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!

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Destress Monday: Find Your Happy Place

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If you’re already dreading the week ahead when you wake up Monday morning, take a deep breath and find your happy place. Guided visualization is a relaxation tool used to reduce stress and provide a calming effect on the entire body. Rather than head into your week in a frazzled state, take five minutes this Monday to create a safe haven in your mind.

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Don’t Worry About the Small Stuff

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This Monday, begin to take better control of your life and your happiness. Let’s look at ways to defuse nagging little worries that seem to weigh heavily on our minds. Obsessing over tiny details can flood the body with stress hormones. When taken to extreme, these stress hormones can increase your risk of heart disease and weaken your immune system. So, isn’t it time you cut your worries down to size? With some practice and persistence, you’ll soon be agonizing less and feeling much more confident.

DeStress Monday: Mindful Drawing

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Throughout each day, our minds are constantly racing. We’re continually thinking about what comes next, checking our things-to-do list and trying to stay ahead of schedule. Quite often, this leads to feelings of stress and tension. During these times, give yourself a much-needed break with mindful drawing. It will help wind down your frantic thoughts and restore your sense of calm and control. The goal isn’t to create wonderful art. In fact, there’s no reason to judge the art at all. Instead, it’s a process that helps you focus your thoughts to be mindfully in the moment. And it’s easy to do.

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Healthy Monday: Keep Your Cool!

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There are times when your anger grows so great, you can’t even see straight. It’s not only emotionally upsetting, it can increase your blood pressure and your risk of heart attack. Let’s face it, managing difficult emotions – such as anger, stress and frustration – requires extra effort. So, how do you bring these intense emotions under control? Begin by restoring your calm. Disengage from the situation by taking a walk or sitting quietly and breathing deeply. Every time your mind is struck by an angry thought, label it as “anger” and gently let it go. As your mind begins to clear, identify what’s triggering your emotions and, without judgement, think about how you can respond in a calm, rational manner. With practice, you’ll find you can manage even difficult emotional flare-ups more easily.

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Destress Monday…Take a Breath!

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Everyone encounters stress. How you handle it makes all the difference. Instead of battling stress outright, see if you can find positive aspects in the situation, then reframe it to your advantage. Turn your stress into a positive motivator. You’ll soon feel better and more productive!

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Meet New Friends and Be Happy!

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DeStress Monday: Yoga!

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Decatur has many places to try Yoga – Decatur Healing Arts, Solstice Yoga, Decatur Yoga and Pilates and more. Check out a class this week and find out why so many people practice yoga!

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