6 Good Ways to Beat the Monday Blues

LIFESTYLE  |  August 29, 2016
  • 1. Smile
    1 / 6 1. Smile

    It may feel like a ball of gloom has settled in the pit of your stomach but a simple gesture like smiling could reverse that in a heartbeat. Research has shown that smiling can actually lower the heart rate and reduce the intensity of the body’s stress response. So turn that frown upside down even if you don’t feel like it.

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  • 2. Focus on the positive
    2 / 6 2. Focus on the positive

    The easiest way to snap yourself out of a funk is to remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have to be thankful for. Make a list of all the things that make you happy or think of an event you have coming up that you’re really looking forward to and choose to focus on that instead of stressing out. (Here, we’ve more tips on reducing stress quickly when you’re at the office.)

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  • 3. Talk to a co-worker or your boss
    3 / 6 3. Talk to a co-worker or your boss

    You may be anxious over an impending project or worried about your multiple deadlines but sometimes, simply talking about a problem can be cathartic. Confide your worries in a colleague or approach your boss and have a heart-to-heart. Remember, a solution can always be found but if you don’t voice your concerns, no one will know. (And if things do get out of hand at work, here are effective strategies to dealing with office drama.)

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  • 4. Pay attention to your body
    4 / 6 4. Pay attention to your body

    The more aware you are of your body, the more you can make changes to it to feel better. If you can feel the tension building up in your shoulders, spend 10 minutes taking deep breaths, doing shoulder rolls or meditating to calm yourself down. (Also read this if you need to relieve strain in your neck and shoulders.)

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  • 5. Let it out
    5 / 6 5. Let it out

    Can’t hold back the tears any longer? No matter what’s bothering you, taking some time out to let go of those feelings can be a huge relief. Escape to the nearest bathroom and cry your heart out for a couple of minutes. You’ll feel better if you just give in to the moment and let your emotions take over.

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  • 6. Be present
    6 / 6 6. Be present

    When you’re really struggling to cope with a difficult work day, close your mind for a while and just pay attention to your immediately surroundings. What can you hear, smell, taste, feel, see? Being in the moment helps to take the edge of a problem you’re facing and redirect your attention to something else.

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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