Combat manic mondays with these five tips.

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Monday is here again. Take a minute today to plan for your self care. Stress is an emotional burden, which affects all of us at some point. Unhealthy responses to stress manifests in many different forms. Stress, and how you deal with stress, is different for every person. Some people experience grinding teeth, aches and pains, hives, feelings of worthlessness and many more adverse effects. When stress isn’t addressed, more serious health problems can develop. Prolonged stress has been linked as a contributing factor to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and other ailments.

Here are five quick tips to move toward healthier and happier living on Mondays and every day.

1. Breathing. Three very slow, deep breaths in through your nose, out through your mouth. You must get the air all the way down to your diaphragm (below your rib cage) and must empty out all the old air. This gets oxygen to every call in the body, including the brain. Breathing is the most powerful of all the stress-reducing strategies. Initially, people are fooled by the simplicity of this exercise, but it works. All throughout the day, taking the time for breathing has changed people’s lives. You will be surprised at how often you find yourself barely breathing, breathing quick shallow breathes, unaware of your lack of oxygen.

2. Get enough sleep. Adults (moms too) need between seven and nine hours. Enough said.

3. Drink enough water. Dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue, overeating and anxiety. No excuses here.

4. Quiet. Take ten minutes here and there with no stimulation or interruption. Go outside if possible. Watch the clouds or sit and close your eyes.

5. Laughing. Tickle your kids, read a joke book with them. Watch a comedy or reminisce about your favorite funny moments.

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