Stress Be Gone
Every single individual will be experiencing something different during this lockdown period.
Some people will be juggling a job and kids, work, many will have health and financial worries and be having fears about the future, whilst others will be less stressed and some people will be enjoying this time.
Whatever you’re going through, it’s vital to recognise that your experience during the lockdown may be different to someone else’s. What many of us will have in common, however, is that our stress level ‘button’ is being pushed in more ways than one.
What does stress do to the body?
Cleveland Clinic describes stress as “the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life.”
In 2019, Cool and Zappetti describe how “stress induces a response via the autonomic nervous system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in order to activate various areas of the brain through mediators such as dopamine, serotonin, and many others.”
Each of these mediators can have a positive, neutral or negative impact on the body depending on the situation.
Adapting to change can cause your body to induce these stress responses. So, whether you feel stressed or chilled out, stressors due to the change in your everyday life will be present. Even if you haven’t noticed them.
A great way to combat these stressors is to find things that boost your happy hormones. And we’ve got 3 things for you which will definitely help.
Watch A Comedy
Of course a comedy will most likely make you laugh, but did you know science has proven that the benefits can be vast!
When it comes to oncology patients, Saritas et al’s 2019 study’s results suggested that “watching comedy movie videos has a positive effect on postoperative pain and anxiety in surgical oncology patients.” And on a less serious scale, if you’re looking for a boost during your lockdown days, then watching a comedy film could also benefit you in similar ways.
When you next settle down to watch comedy movie number 3 during the day, feel no guilt and know you’re nourishing your soul instead.
Living Room Laughter Yoga
Laughter yoga is the perfect tool to push your de-stressing button. Robert Rivest says laughter yoga combines “interactive laughter exercises with deep centering breaths and calming movements.” It’s pretty simple.
There have been many studies which show that laughter yoga may improve your mood and happiness levels. One 2019 study by Bressington et al., found that it “may be effective to improve depression and mental health related quality of life immediately post intervention.”
There are some fantastic laughter yoga videos on YouTube which you can dip into.
Don’t Over Connect
There’s a lot of advice out there suggesting the best way to cope with a lockdown is to stay connected. We agree that this can be beneficial for morale and positivity levels, however, you can overdo it.
There are a few apps which allow a whole group of people to connect online via video call. And this can be fun. It can also be draining if you do it each and every night. Even if you’re a socialite. Be sure to mix it up with one-on-one calls so you can focus on an individual and also be wary of getting sucked into a weekly routine of dialling into a call in which you’re not overly keen on being involved.
Instead, opt for specially selected group calls, with people who have positive energy and will make you feel calm and happy.
You’ve got this.