Would it be an understatement to say this is a stressful time? Probably the biggest understatement of the year, right? Perhaps the past decade, even?
If you are like me, you spend much of the day in self-isolation, planted in front of your computer mostly working and having video calls, which alone causes stress. You do your best to limit news consumption to twice a day so that you don’t collapse in anxiety as COVID-19 cases (re)swell across the country or as your news feeds continue to report a spate of hate crimes.
Amidst it all, or maybe because of it, we must remember to laugh. Not just because our friends and family are hilarious counterpoints, and we need them now more than ever. Laugh because it is good for you! Good for your mind, and good for your body.
Laughter relieves stress, according to the Mayo Clinic. Having a good guffaw stimulates your brain and increases your endorphins. In the long run, it is known to improve your immune system and relieve physical pain. C’mon, laugh a little. It will do you some good!
Try Laughing Yoga with Bianca Spears. It will feel straight-up weird at first, but, five minutes in, you’ll find your groove. Put twenty minutes on your calendar. Warning: there’s also some clapping involved, so it could get a bit noisy – even better, I think!
Although I haven’t tried the next suggestion, it is on my calendar. It takes place in an online classroom setting with guided instruction. Online – The Joy Vibration: A Laughter Experience.
Let me know how it goes. Maybe I’ll see you there.