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Self-Care Tips

 

Mubeena has some tips on the feel-good benefits of laughter

 

It might sound obvious, but laughter really can make us feel happier! It's been proven that a good laugh stimulates your organs, soothes tension, relieves stress and improves your immune system.

 

Try and find a reason to laugh once a day, or at least once a week:

 

Physical benefits of laughter:

•             Relieves physical tension/stress and leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes!

•             Boosts immunity

•             Triggers the release of endorphins-the body’s feel-good chemicals

•             Lowers stress chemicals

•             Decreases pain

 

Mental health benefits of laughter: 

•             Stops distressing emotions: It is hard to feel angry, anxious, or sad when you’re laughing.

•             Reduces stress and increases energy

•             Adds joy to life

•             Helps to shift perspective by allowing you to see a situation in a humorous/less threatening light.

 

Social benefits of laughter: 

•             Diffuses conflict, as long as you are laughing together and not at the expense of others.

•             Strengthens relationships-shared laughter can keep relationships fun!

•             Helps us bond with others

•             Heals resentments and disagreements

 

Did you know that children naturally smile and laugh at least 100 times a day?! As we grow into adults, our lives become more serious, less playful and we don’t laugh as much. So, how do we get back to laughing more?

 

•             It all starts with a smile! Smile at yourself in the mirror, smile at your friends and co-workers. It is hard to resist a cheerful smile, and others will smile back. Notice the effect on yourself and others.

•             Watch a funny movie or show,

•             Share a good joke or funny story,

•             Play with your pet,

•             Be silly with your children, partner, or friends (or by yourself when no one’s looking!),

•             Write down a funny memory,

•             Keep funny or humorous pictures around the home or on your screensaver,

•             Learn about (and join) laughter yoga classes,

•             Laugh at yourself! Who hasn’t run around looking for keys when they’re in your pocket all along?!,

•             Laugh at least once a day-set aside 5 to 10 minutes every day and find something that amuses you,

•             Watch a short comedy video online,

•             Arrange to meet up with a friend or family member who always has funny stories to make you smile.

 

 

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