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Sometimes Hump Day Keeps Us Rolling on Our Backs

by Dr. Kathleen Hall
Mindful Living Network, Mindful Living, Dr. Kathleen Hall, The Stress Institute,, MLN, Alter Your Life

Today is Hump Day, one of the most stressful days of the workweek. Fortunately, the weekend is nearly here. If you’re low on energy today, consider these Mindful tips.

According to some stress reports, 83 percent of American workers feel stressed about their jobs, and this stress can increase in the middle of the workweek. The work stress can cause racing thoughts, moodiness, aches and pains, and nervous habits. Work stress can also cause feelings of agitation and unhappiness. These symptoms are not only unhealthy, but they can make a person less productive at work.

There are many ways in which people treat their Hump Day blues. Research actually shows work fatigue and stress drives people at work to engage in retail therapy from the desk. According to, Internet shopping was 75 percent higher at 4pm on Wednesday afternoons when compared to other times during the week. The research also showed a 52 percent rise in the number of people shopping online on a typical workday afternoon compared with mornings. Traffic figures rose by 11 percent between midday and 2pm on a typical weekday.

Consider these energy-boosting tips for the Hump Day blues:

  1. Healthy Snacks: People who experience work stress tend to eat unhealthy snacks to give themselves a boost. Coffee, sugary candy, and sodas are popular in the office, but the sugar and caffeine can make the low energy levels worse. Instead consider eating nuts, fruit, graham crackers, or instant oatmeal.
  2. Mind Boosters: Instead of going online and buying things you don’t need, give your mind a boost instead. Play memory games, crossword puzzles, or word searches online to give your brain fresh energy. Consider apps or websites like Lumosity and Fit Brains.
  3. Video Pick-Me-Ups: If you are simply looking for a little entertainment, consider a few video pick-me-ups. Laughter is can definitely boost your mood and relieve stress. If you’re looking for a little fun, watch this wonderfully cute video of a Boxer puppy trying to turn over, a camel celebrating Hump Day, or these funny dog reactions to bath time.

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