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Read This to Conquer Your Monday Morning Blues Right Now

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Read This to Conquer Your Monday Morning Blues Right Now

It’s Monday morning and you have zero interest in getting out of bed to start your day. The thought of facing your responsibilities feels like someone is asking you to build a skyscraper before lunchtime. You close your eyes and pull the covers over your head, wishing that you could rewind back to the start of your weekend.

We ALL know what this feels like. The Monday morning (and sometimes afternoon) blues suck.

If you’re already in the midst of a depressive episode, then the emotional upheaval of Monday morning is amplified exponentially.

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The Monday Morning Blues Will Be Conquered Here

Here’s a quick set of hacks to jump-start your Monday. Get ready to remove any psychic glue that keeps you stuck to your bed. Follow these five simple steps, each of which takes anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute, except for Step Four which takes a whopping three minutes or so. Just know that it all starts with investing briefly in the right mindset to get moving. That will be Step One.

Go, go, go.

5 Super Simple Steps to Overcoming Monday Morning Depression

Step 1: Picture yourself conquering your day and ATTACK!

See yourself for 10 seconds in your mind’s eye moving quickly through your Monday morning tasks. Now envision yourself getting angry with all that psychologically holds you back, all those negative thoughts that weigh you down. They have no right to linger in your mind. Show them who’s boss by jumping out of bed with conviction. Flex your muscles and yell, “ATTACK!” Let’s punt your Monday morning blues out the proverbial window. That’s it. Be angry and let it propel you forward. Know that you will feel better in a matter of a few minutes!

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Step 2: Create the illusion of control by doing something PERFECTLY!

That’s right. Don’t underestimate the value of treating your mind to the experience of setting a tiny intention and completing it to perfection. Choose anything that takes less than a minute to do perfectly and kill it! Make your bed perfectly. Clean your kitchen countertop. Move your papers on your desk so that they all face the same direction. Wipe your sink so it shines. Anything! Then, once you finish, celebrate how well you set an intention and conquered it by proclaiming out loud, “I did it perfectly.” Give yourself some credit— you created a goal and dominated it.

Step 3: Throw out three items you don’t need.

It’s time to get rid of three things to create a small clearing in the closet in your head. Go ahead. Trash your t-shirt with the brown armpits. Throw away your old shoes with a hole through the sole. Dump a pen that no longer writes well. Get rid of that mug with a chip in it. Let go of the jeans with the huge rip in them that makes them unwearable. Only three things. That’s it! Let it go! In fact, it’s very important to tell yourself, “I’m letting go!” as you toss each item. Celebrate that you just contributed to lightening your mind and your life. Stay angry and carry the momentum to the next step!

Step 4: Play a fight song as you break a tiny sweat doing ANYTHING that doesn’t involve sitting.

Now, if you know a song that serves as a “fight song” for you, put it on now! Don’t waste time choosing a song. If you know one, great. If not, forget the music. Here are four recommendations for kick-ass songs that get me moving: Power by Justin Bieber featuring will.i.am., Out of My Way by Seether, and Stronger or Love Lockdown both by Kanye West. Channel the powerful energy offered by the song, as well as the success you’ve achieved in the past three steps.

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Nothing major here. Just do something to get you a bit sweaty! You’ll love it. Get down on the floor and do a 25-second plank. Lie on your back and lift your legs off the ground for three repetitions of 15 seconds. Run in place for a minute. Do a minute of jumping jacks.

You know what makes you sweat. Just do it! Now!

Feel free to let out a primal scream during the song.

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Step 5: Spread The Love and Give A Compliment

As you continue to sweat after your mini-exercise, create some positive karma by telling your significant other how much you love him or her, or text someone who has been there for you during a tough time in the past. Just share something loving. Offer a compliment. Be grateful. Let him or her know how thankful you are for what they’ve done or what they stand for. Spread an ounce of love. Open your heart. This will feel good. I promise.

If you follow my lead and go through these 5 super easy steps, you’ll feel better. Try to carry the positive mindset and momentum with you to the next stop along your day. Before you know it, it will be Friday again.

Let me know how it goes.

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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