It’s Sunday night. There are only 7 more hours until the busy workweek begins. The big presentation you have to make at work on Wednesday is coming up sooner than you thought, your dad’s birthday is on Thursday, your friend’s dinner party is on Friday, and you also need to somehow create time to go food shopping and do laundry. Thoughts about the week’s events come flooding through your brain just in time for when you are trying to fall asleep. You’re inevitably exhausted when you wake up in the morning, and you just realized you ran out of coffee. It can’t be all bad though! There are silver linings in every situation; even on Mondays. Mondays can be daunting, but there are ways to cope. Let’s talk about some ways to de-stress yourself on those crazy, hectic days!
1) Find at Least 30 Minutes of Your Day to Exercise
Yes, I know exercise might not sound like fun to everyone but hear me out. It is proven that getting in some amount of exercise every day drastically decreases stress and other negative emotions you may experience. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.” Even if you’re simply doing sit ups in front of the television screen, or taking your dog on a slightly longer walk than usual, any little bit will help raise those spirits. Now go get that body moving!
2) Exercise Your Mind
Take a few moments to expand your brain in ways that are not in any way, shape or form related to your job or school work. Read up on something that intrigues you. Perhaps learn about something new. Take a gander at the Huffington Post or sign yourself up for the The Skimm. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own life that we forget there is a whole world out there to think about. Here, I’ll even get you started. Have you ever heard of solar power roads? Well, if you have not, have no fear! Here’s a fun video for you to check out:
Enjoy yourself while also nourishing that brain of yours!
3) Start a Project that is Meant Just for You
Nope, this project can’t be about your family, friends, or your boss. Begin that project you’ve been meaning to start since last year. Do you want to re-decorate a room in your apartment but never seem to have the time for it? Do you want to finally finish that photo album that has been in the works for a decade now? It’s time to get cracking! Open up Pinterest and take 20 minutes out of your day to get inspired!
4) Clean The Dishes.
Yup, you heard me. Clean those dishes! This may seem like a stress triggering activity, but you might be surprised. I find cleaning the dishes to be a very therapeutic activity when things in my life begin to get hectic. If there are no dishes, first of all, good for you! Now, find something else to clean. A cleaner space allows for a clearer mind.
5) Find an Animal and Pet it.
No, but seriously. This works like a charm. Petting an animal is proven to lower your stress levels. According to a study done by the University of Missouri-Columbia, “a few minutes of petting a dog prompts a release of a number of “feel good” hormones in humans, including serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin.” (Weaver) Colleges even bring dogs on to campuses to help students deal with the overwhelming pressures of finals and midterms. When I’m having a particularly rough Monday, and my day is not going as planned, I good cuddle with my dog or cat makes it all more bearable.
If you don’t have a pet, don’t fret. Go cuddle up with your friend’s pet or even a neighbor’s furry friend. If those options aren’t available to you, find some cute animal videos on Youtube. Do yourself a favor and go type “Manly Men Meet Kittens” on YouTube. But we have to warn you of a potential estrogen overload because of how cute both these guys and these kittens are! Actually, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5fFI3eorg