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Laugh your way to less stress

de-stress laughter stress Apr 24, 2022

When was the last time you were relaxed enough to laugh at something? Not just any laugh, but one of those deep belly laughs that reduced you to tears!

 

If you are among the many adults who have a hard time relaxing, you’ll be surprised to know that there are real health benefits to laughing, and relieving stress is one of them.

 

What is laughter?

Laughter is the physiological respo­nse to humour. It is triggered when you find something funny. According to researchers, by the time a child reaches nursery school he or she will laugh about 300 times a day. By the time that child becomes an adult they will only laugh approximately 17 times a day. If that sounds high to you, then you may want to consider the recommendation that adults need a minimum of 30 laughs per day to positively impact their wellbeing.

Michael Miller, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, recommends 15 minutes of...

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Reduce stress at work in 9 quick and easy creative ways

In order to prevent unhealthy stress at work you need a toolkit of quick and easy, trusted stress relief activities that you can do on your own to move you along your stress curve.

 

It’s no secret that work related stress contributes to corporate inefficiency, high staff turnover, absenteeism, decreased quality and quantity output and increased health care costs for staff. On a personal level, it impacts all aspects of a person; physical, emotional, Intellectual and behavioral.

 

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-stress. In my corporate career I was fortunate to experience optimum levels of stress at times, where I believe I did my best work. However, I have also had the misfortune to experience sustained high levels of stress, with perceived lack of organisational support, and that was a pretty horrible place to be. Irrespective of where you are on the stress continuum there is always an opportunity to better manage your stress levels, so that you...

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De-stress with mindful colouring

This Sydney lockdown, I have found myself itching to craft and colour. Something I haven’t done in a while. Last week I dusted off my colouring pencils and printed off some mandalas and set about colouring for a couple of hours. It was heavenly!

 

Mindful colouring burst onto the scene almost 20 years ago and has since grown into a whole industry. The research indicates that mindful colouring combined with stress reduction techniques decreases stress by 46%, compared to 28% after a month. Nearly every newsagent I visit has a mindful colouring book of some description. And while the research as to the effectiveness of mindful colouring is mixed, it continues to thrive as a strategy to decrease stress.

 

What is mindful colouring?

Mindful colouring is the very act of colouring pre-drawn illustrations, providing an opportunity to suspend your inner dialogue and engage in an activity that disregards the flow of negative thoughts that can dominate our lives.

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