Stress – people often ask, what works to de-stress and what doesn’t? We can give people a toolkit to help them deal with stress, including positive imaging, meditations, breathing exercises, specific tools and strategies to meet their personal needs,laughter therapy and many others. These tools and strategies can have a beneficial effect of de-stressing you personally, supporting your immune system and raising levels of ‘happy hormones’ in your body.
The emotional and physical side of personal stress management is a key in supporting you to feel that you can take control of stressful situations and you can use the tools you’ll find on many pages of this website as a preventive measure to create a state of wellness.
If you believe your boss thinks you are useless at your job, or you think you are useless at your job, then the consequences will be difficult. But if you can change your negative belief to a positive one, you change the consequence, even though the situation may still be the same.
This Weeks Video…
By not ignoring the fact that your work situation may be bad, however, if you can see that there are positives as well, this can normalise the situation to some degree.
A very simple and easy tool to put into place when you are stressed, is ‘Laughter Therapy’.This fun process can support you in 15 seconds to get into balance and it is an empowering experience.
Laughter provides an energetic workout for your muscles and unleashes a rush of the ’happy hormone’,endorphin. Asthebody cannot distinguish between real and pretend laughter, anything that makes you embrace a giggle to full blown roaring laughter will have a positive impact on your physical, mental and emotional being. You do not need to be happy or have a sense of humour to benefit from a good laugh.
In 1979 the celebrated US political writer Norman Cousins published his book,Anatomy of an Illness in which he described a potentially fatal cancer he contracted in 1964 and his discovery of the benefits of humour and other positive emotions in battling the disease. Cousins found that ten minutes of mirthful laughter gave him two hours of pain-free sleep. His story proved intriguing to certain members of the scientific community and it inspired research projects.
Stanford University psychiatrist, Dr Willian Fry began to examine the physiological effects of laughter in the late 1960s and is considered the father of ‘gelotology’ (the science of laughter). Fry proved that laughter provides good physical exercise and can decrease your chances of respiratory infections. He showed that laughter causes our body to produce endorphins (natural painkillers).
Inspired by Norman Cousins, Dr Lee Berk and his team of researchers from Loma Linda University engaged psycho-neuro-immunology to study the physical impact of mirthful laughter.
In one study heart attack patients were divided into two groups: one half was placed under standard medical care while the other half watched humorous videos for thirty minutes each day. After one year the ‘humour’ group had fewer arrhythmias, lower blood pressure, lower levels of stress hormones, and required lower doses of medication. The non-humour group had two and a half times more recurrent heart attacks than the humour group (50% vs. 20%).
Other notable clinicians such as Dr Hunter (Patch) Adams and Dr Annette Good heart used laughter to treat cancer, AIDS, depression and other aspects of mental illness.
In March 1995 Dr Madan Kataria, creator of Laughter Yogafrom Mumbai, India was writing an article Laughter – The Best Medicine for a health journal. He was impressed by Norman Cousins’ book Anatomy of an Illness and the research work by Dr Lee Berk. Dr Kataria discovered that the body cannot differentiate between acted and genuine laughter.
He then created a range of laughter exercises including elements of role-play and other techniques from his days as an amateur dramatic actor. Realizing the importance of child-like playfulness, he developed further techniques to stimulate this within a group. Laughter Yoga was born and is now accepted all over the world.
If you are stressed, you need to be responsive to change now.
If you would like to immerse yourself in two days of creating your own unique Stress Management Toolkit with tools and strategies that build your resilience and teach you how to convert ‘bad stress’ into ‘good stress’, then join us in Brisbane on March 5 & 6 2017 for the Stress to Strength Experience Workshop. We have a fantastic team of qualified Stress Management Practitioners who will guide and mentor you through the processes. Plus, you’ll have lots of fun and go home relaxed and de-stressed.
Take advantage of the Early Bird and save, register at www.stresstostrength.com/experience/