Mental Health Care for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
It's so common for people to dread Mondays! But the dread of Mondays can be amplified for people who have anxiety or depression. Here are some tips to break the Monday blues! I love this picture above. It illustrates a variety of ways to ease into Monday. I recommend easing into Monday by using Sunday to plan the next weekend. Reflect on your weekend. What worked, what didn't work. What did you like, what would you do differently? Then, plan next weekend like there's no tomorrow. Plan to live in the moment. In this picture above, there are many activities going on that would spike most people's pleasure and reward brain pathways! First of all, there is nature. Being in nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life can really get your feel-good brain chemicals going. Also, in the picture there is food, which can be used, in moderation, to promote a good time. Then, we have music. Adding background music while one is cleaning, doing chores, or just hanging out can fire up that pleasure center. But most of all, this picture highlights FACE-TO-FACE social connectivity which is necessary to fire your brain up and get those feel-good chemicals really flowing! So one of my solutions to the Monday blues is to use Sunday to plan ahead and have something FANTASTIC to look forward to the next weekend! Some studies have shown that sometimes more pleasure can actually be gained from planning compared to the actual experience! Now, go have fun and fire your brain up! Have a great week and happy planning!