There are many ways to reduce stress, but you’ll find that some work better than others.
Keeping a positive attitude, stepping out of the situation, enjoying a laugh, accepting that there are things we cannot control, and asserting your feelings instead of becoming angry or passive are all methods that can lead to less stress and a happier life.
This week, consider which tools have worked for you before and perhaps try out some new ones.
Having a few “go-to” stress-reducing techniques up your sleeve can make all the difference.
About the Monday Campaigns:
The Healthy Monday Tips is produced by a national health promotion initiative called the Monday Campaigns.
In one study, they reviewed the scientific studies that looked at ways to get people to adopt healthy habits.
In that review, they found that one of the most effective ways to keep people on track is simply to remind them from time to time to stick to it.
But when would be the best time send those reminders?
Fry and Neff decided to look at Monday, which many of us consider the start of our week.
To better understand how we thought and felt about Monday, they reviewed the scientific literature as well as cultural references to Monday in movies, songs, books and other forms of art and literature, even video games.
They noted that a number of scientific studies have found that we may suffer more health problems on Monday. For example, a number of studies find that Americans have more heart attacks and strokes on Monday.
There is also evidence that we have more on-the-job injuries on Monday, perhaps because we are not quite back into the swing of things, or are still recovering from our weekend.
Fry and Neff also found that while many of us, facing the return to work, may dread Mondays, Monday is also seen as a day for making a fresh start.
Fry and Neff concluded that Monday might be a good day for promoting healthy habits. Calling attention to the health problems linked to the first day of the work week, such as heart attacks and on-the-job injuries, makes Monday a natural day to highlight the importance of prevention.
And the Monday’s reputation as a day to make a fresh start offers the opportunity to help people to renew their efforts to adopt healthier habits.
Fry and Neff’s findings are put into practice by the Monday Campaigns, which helps individuals and organizations use Monday as a focus for their health promotion efforts, providing free research, literature and artwork, and other support.
To learn more about Healthy Mondays:
- Visit the Monday Campaigns website: www.mondaycampaigns.org