The Monday Effect

Happy Monday! 

The past week has been extremely busy. Between work, training, and working on my venture, I’ve had almost no time to unwind. 

As this week has a much calmer forecast, and knowing that next week will be another hectic workweek, I’ve realized the importance of relaxation. Not only does it aid in releasing the stress and recovering from what has already passed, but it also assists in preparing you to be your best for what is to come. This lesson has been difficult for me to learn, as I am a type A person, and feel I should always be working. However, I’m teaching myself that this is unhealthy and unrealistic. The quote I use to remind myself to relax is as follows:

“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.”

-Bryant McGill

If you go into your challenge tense and stressed, how could you possibly perform your best? Then when you don’t perform your best, you become stressed, and a vicious cycle is created.

One of my favourite ways to relax is to breathe deeply and take time to admire beautiful scenery. This photo was taken on  a hike (which was stress relieving in itself):


As I breathe slowly, I focus on the pure blue water complimenting the many hues of green. The deep brown trunks and sandy coloured rocks add contrast. Combined, they form a beautiful sight. 

However you choose to, stay calm, and you can do anything.

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