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Monday Blues
Does the beginning of your workweek trigger overwhelming feelings of anxiety, sadness or stress? Do you lack motivation on Monday morning?

If you’re nodding affirmatively, you might have a case of the Monday Blues.

Monday Blues

There are often a serious warning sign that something is not right at work. If you were happy, you’d be excited and energized on Mondays, not tired and depressed. These days, it can sometimes seem as if stress is a synonym for life. Whether it’s your harried morning commute or a boss piling on just one more deadline, it’s all too easy to shift from chilled out to stress out.

But, stress is not always a bad thing. Indeed, the body and brain’s normal reaction to everyday stress is what allows us to handle daily challenges in our life. There are a few different types of stress that we experienced, but essentially they fall in two different categories – eustress (term for positive stress) and distress (term for negative stress).

Examples of Eustress and Distress

As we manage stress differently, it is hard to categorise it objectively because different people will have different reactions to particular situations. However, these are a list of stressors that typically experienced positively or negatively by people most of the time.

Eustress

Positive personal stressors:

  • Starting a new job
  • Moving into a new home
  • Having a child
  • Retiring
  • Learning something new
  • Taking a vacation

 

Negative personal stressors:

  • Death of a significant person
  • Financial challenges
  • Being abused or neglected
  • Injury or illness
  • Conflict in interpersonal relationships
  • Unemployment
  • Legal problems

How stress can affect your body and health

Beyond the harm you might do by engaging in unhealthy behaviours, over the long term, stress can have more insidious effects on the body. People who are chronically stressed tend to have an increased level of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation. While there is not a lot of data directly linking stress to disease, we do know that inflammation is associated with a host of serious illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis.

Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prevent stress from pushing you over the limit of yourself. It’s important to focus on the basics of good health such as getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, sticking to a healthy diet (fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein), and getting about 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every week. It could help to reboot the immune system and prevents depression, irritability, and exhaustion to the body.

 

A healthy diet for stress

When we’re feeling stressed out, it’s natural to want to withdraw from life, but a more beneficial way of dealing with it is to focus on the coping skills and tools that work for you such as problem-solving or deep breathing. Once you have these skills under your belt, you’ll be able to pull through the next stressful situation more easily.

 

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