Only a few more days till the stress season starts.
Some people call it the holiday season but they are the ones who have servants to shop, clean, shop, cook, shop, bake, and have children who never ask about Santa Claus. Each year there are articles written in magazines and newspapers about how to relieve the stress such as: plan ahead, shop in July, don’t go overboard and many other unrealistic suggestions.
Well here is a new way to deal with stress…
It has been clinical proven that humor is a wonderful stress-reducer.
Experts say that a good laugh relaxes tense muscles, speeds more oxygen into your body, will lower your blood pressure, increases the quality of sleep, may decrease aches and pains, humor gives us a different perspective on our problems. Humor is good but a good “belly” laugh is the best.
If we laugh more it may improve our morale (and those around us)…
1. Be happy
Go to the library and borrow every funny movie or humorous TV show you can find. I have already gone through “Frasier” and am working my way through “Cheers” and its only the beginning of November. I believe in starting early.
2. Do something crazy
Plan an upside down meal day. Serve breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast. Your family will recognize the fact that you need help.
3. Invite a friend over
Put on a zumba DVD and get busy exercising. I guarantee, especially if you have a full length mirror to look at, you will be laughing at how much improvement is needed.
4. Get nostaligic
Put a baby picture on the refrigerator door of the family member most annoying that particular moment to remind you that you do love him or her. It is especially helpful when your teenager tries to demonstrate how he or she knows better than you. This also works with your spouse’s picture.
5. Walk the dog
Take the dog for a long walk until you are exhausted and then you can take the nap without feeling guilty.
6. Try the comics
Read only the comic pages in the newspapers. Skip the front pages and obituaries. Your name is not there.
Granted it is sometimes difficult to force a laugh at some situations but that is when you do need to laugh. One trick is to blow things out of proportion until it reaches the point of absurdity and even you have to laugh. The situation will be put in perspective and let you laugh (hopefully).
Laughter shared with others increase feelings of acceptance, helps to make and keep friends.
Ten years from now you will look back and say “good grief, that was nothing.”
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