Caregivers are often first in the line of fire and endure a tremendous amount of stress. We can use natural strategies to keep calm and collected. Humour and laughter are two of the best and easiest ways to lkde-stress. Neither of these actions cost anything and comes naturally with little effort. It is much easier to laugh than to cry or get angry.
One of my very favourite things to do is to laugh. Laughter helps me to stay calm and remain grounded. The more I laugh the better I am able to cope with my many challenges. Many years ago, a co worker brought a laughing bag to work. When we were stressed out having to prepare rushed assignments we took time out to play the laughing bag. After a few minutes of continuous, belly laughing it’s amazing how we were able to get the job done on time.
I learned that I could not function and produce great results under stress. I learned to be easier on myself and in doing so I will accomplish better results when in a relaxed state of mind.
What makes laughter so good for us?
Laughter brings many benefits to the body in many different ways. Here are some benefits of laughing.
According to some recent research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, elderly optimistic people, those who expected good things to happen (rather than bad things), were less likely to die than pessimists. In fact, among the 65-85 year-old study participants, those who were most optimistic were 55 percent less likely to die from all causes than the most pessimistic people.
When we laugh with others rather than laugh alone not only do we enjoy the laughter we create an opportunity for others to laugh and immediately we all forget about the stresses and disappointments we are facing. Laughter is therefore positive and powerful in maintaining your health.
Hang out with funny people that make you laugh and whose company you enjoy
Go walking with friends that are light hearted, funny and enjoy a good laugh
Watch a funny movie
Have lunch with a funny friend
When dealing with difficult times no one wants additional stress. Keep your mind and body as relaxed as you possibly can.
Try incorporating more humour and play into your daily life. This can have a positive effect on your love relationships as well as your connections with co-workers, family members and friends. When you incorporate humour and laughter in relationships you will
- Be more spontaneous. Humour gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.
- Let go of defensiveness. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.
- Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
- Express your true feelings. Allow suppressed emotions to rise to the surface.
A good way to bring more humour into your life is to have a pet. Pets bring more laughter and joy to our lives and, in addition having a pet is good for your mental and physical health. Studies show that pets can protect you depression, stress, and even heart disease.
- Count your blessings. Write a list of the good things in your life for which you are grateful. Focus on them.
- Flash a smile to people that cross your path. Smiling is the beginning of laughter and like laughter, it is contagious.
- If you hear laughter move in that direction, seek it out. It might present an opportunity for you to share in a laugh as well
- Spend time with people that laugh on purpose. People that laugh easily both at themselves and at life’s absurdities. People that find humour in everyday events.
- Bring humour into conversations. Ask if anyone has a funny story they wish to share.
For starters you take yourself less seriously; lighten up and choose to laugh rather than to cry and panic. When faced with situations that seem to be so bad at that moment taking a time out to evaluate the problem often times brings a clearer perspective. In the end you realize that the problem was not all that bad. Try to lessen your stress. Do not allow stress to stand in the way of your humour and laughter. Breathe deeply and relax and laugh.