Welcome Readers to my second Saturday series. This week has been an interesting one with much studies on Consciousness but last night I found a book on Natural remedies for anxiety so am sharing what I learned and am already practicing. Today’s focus is the mind which also affects our physical and spirit aspects as well. When our mind is at ease we are much more able to exercise, eat right, sleep better to name a few benefits.
Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand and this is the case with me. It can be debilitating as I’m sure many of you know. Or it can be a mild annoyance as it is with me these days.
The first chapter digs right in to the old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine”. I know I need to laugh more but didn’t realize that even forced laughter is beneficial. When we laugh we release endorphins and I know this can be awesome. I laugh almost every day but have a good laugh at least once a month.
Laughter yoga and therapy can be helpful but I don’t have time for all that so I am doing what is recommended and just laughing at everything I can, even myself. I feel more joyful as when I laugh a smile comes upon my face. And with all the projects I have going on am setting a schedule for laughing at least 3 times a day.
Mental illness is serious so something free like this is exciting. I am serious way too much but am finding it more fun to laugh with someone instead of by myself. How do you like to laugh? Funny stories, the comics, movies and just laughing at the oddities of life all help me to laugh more. So I am scheduling it in my day to do list and tonight will be babysitting my granddaughter with my daughter which I always laugh when I am with them.
Laughter can be a great alternative treatment to medicine. Although I will keep taking mine, I know that with the following ways to incorporate laughter into my days will help along with medicine.
Here are some tips~
Start smiling more- this triggers the pleasure response in your brain which can be contagious ha ha. Smile at people or at yourself in the mirror. I know a smile from a stranger can brighten my day so simply returning it or smiling first can help. Notice the influence this simple practice produces in you and others.
Count your blessings to start with that we are alive. This helps to highlight the positive no matter what situation you are inn.
If you see or hear laughter join in. This will help in making connections stronger.
Encourage simulated laughter- non spontaneous but forced. Join in laughter yoga or set a timer for 60 seconds and start laughing bringing about a new perspective.
Watch funny movies or google funny groups. Even karaoke can be fun.
Place reminders of things that bring you humor, joy and smiles in your space with posters, pictures, etc..
Listen to a comedy podcast or youtube video. Check out this laughter explanation here.
“Basically invite laughter into every aspect of your life” from Body, Mind and emotional work for Anxiety by P. Restaino.
From the same book, chapter two, I rediscovered how many essential oils I use to benefit reducing anxiety. I jokingly say I am addicted to lavender. But I use it every night for a soothing sleep. I put oil on my hand to smell the half hour before I go to sleep and put some on my pillow and smooth it out but spray works as well.
“Essential oils and aromatherapy shift our nervous system through the sense of smell” Start simple and the book by Restaino recommends finding an aromatherapist to help you figure out which essential oils may work for you along with concentration and technique. I went to one once and discovered that I like bergamot and lavender together to ease my anxiety. But the book mentions rubbing frankincense into your scalp in the mornings. I might try that!
I highly recommend the book and if you have kindle on your phone you can read it for free.
Let me know what you think about using laughter and aromatherapy to help ease anxiety!