Laughter and mental health

 

Laughter and mental health

 

Research has shown that Laughter Yoga is a great exercise for both body and mind. It reduces mental tension and increases energy, enabling us to stay focused. Both sides of the brain are stimulated during laughing, which helps to increase clarity, creativity and problem solving ability.

Laughter Yoga has been recommended for people experiencing depression and other mental health disorders because of the mood lifting effect of laughter due to the release of endorphins. “I feel better.” This is the most common answer we get when we ask how people feel when they laugh. The reason is because there’s magic in laughter. Psychologically, it builds our resilience and helps us deal better with life’s challenges. It improves mental health and gives a more positive and optimistic outlook.

Another major cause for mental ill-health is loneliness. Laughter Yoga is a great way to connect. It fosters feelings of sharing and caring and establishes lifelong relationships. Group activities in a Laughter Yoga club not only keep us energised and playful; they also keep the mind away from negative thoughts, thereby promoting our mental wellbeing.

 

 

What price peace of mind

What price peace of mind

 

What price peace of mind

Are You Looking for Peace of Mind?

Do you want to know how to Calm Your Mind and Feel Happy?
Are you feeling so busy you can’t stop and take a full breath?
Is your intuition telling you to slow down and learn to meditate?

If you are interested in developing Peace of Mind, and you know that meditation is the way to go… why not enrol in my 4-week Developing Intuition Meditation classes here in Albury-Wodonga, starting on 20 March. Read more…

 

 

more relaxation

More Relaxation

 

Relaxation Techniques

more relaxation techniques

 

One technique is to repeat words or suggestions in your mind to relax and reduce muscle tension. For example, you may imagine a peaceful setting and then focus on controlled, relaxing breathing, slowing your heart rate, or feeling different physical sensations, such as relaxing each arm or leg one by one.

Another technique is to focus on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group. This helps you focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You become more aware of physical sensations.

One method of progressive muscle relaxation is to start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck and head. You can also start with your head and neck and work down to your toes. Tense your muscles for at least five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.

Visualisation is another relaxation technique. You form mental images to take a journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation.

During visualisation, try to use as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the ocean, for instance, think about the smell of salt water, the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on your body. You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet spot and loosen any tight clothing.

 

 

Death touches us all at times

 

Death Touches Us All At Times

My mother is dying.

She had a fall 6 weeks ago and her hip has been repaired. She is in a rehabilitation hospital and moves to a nursing home today.

The doctors and nurses seem to believe that it is only a matter of time and her weak heart will give way. She is 93.

So I have been in a process of grieving. Grief is one of the harder emotions and it comes and goes in waves. Sometimes swamping us with sadness.

I have been fortunate to have my BodyTalkTM therapist help me through some tough times and this has helped me to stay more balanced mentally.
This I believe is the key to living a happy life – the understanding and experience of what mental balance actually is and being able to bring the thoughts back into balance, whilst the deep sadness and grief are still present. It is very important to actually feel the feelings and to understand what they represent for you.

Learning about the mind and mental balance is a lifelong process. Understanding our emotions is too. There is no shortcut.

Observation is a key. Notice what your thoughts are and if they are truly correct. Pay attention to how you feel. What is this emotion telling you? Notice how you cope with overwhelming emotion. Food, alcohol, coffee, sex, activity, … Addictions can develop when we are unable to process and release emotions.

My three top activities to bring about greater mental balance and inner peace and harmony are:

Observation
Journaling and
Meditation

 

 

Meditate, laugh, relax

 

Meditation Tip

 

Meditate. Laugh. Relax.

It almost sounds like a recipe. And I guess in many ways it is.

When we know what we want to prepare we find the recipe that will help us to do so.

A recipe lists the ingredients we need to create the dish we want. It also gives us instructions on how to combine and to cook these ingredients.

We all want to be happy. We all want to be healthy. We all want to have warm, loving relationships.

So what are the ‘ingredients’ that we need to prepare these ‘dishes’?

Meditate. Laugh. Relax.

These are all important ingredients and over the next few posts we’ll look at why they are important and how we can use them to ‘cook up’ the life we want.

 

10 tips for holiday health

Where did the year go?

 

where did the year go?

 

Suddenly it is nearly Christmas, and the end of the year is here. So we thought we’d share our Holiday Tips with you.

 

10 Tips for Holiday Health

Tip 1: Drink plenty of water

Water is essential to the health of our cells. Get into a good routine during the holidays so that this can be continued once work resumes.


Tip 2: Do the Brain Tapping (Cortices technique) twice daily

You want to be just as fresh on your holidays as you are at work. So don’t let this simple routine disappear once the holidays start. See our Brain Tapping instructions.


Tip 3: Get plenty of rest

Allow a few days at the start of the holiday to go at a slower pace. Holidays are a great time to catch up on some extra sleep.


Tip 4: Eat plenty of salads and fruit

The warmer weather makes it so easy to eat healthily. And this will encourage losing any of the weight you may have gained over the colder months.


Tip 5: Do more exercise than you normally do

Daily exercise of 30 minutes will slow down your rate of aging, according to new research. Extra fitness is good insurance for your return to work.


Tip 6: Cut down the alcohol

Ensure you have two alcohol-free days (AFDs). Remember that alcohol is very dehydrating and hence tends to age us more quickly. Too much is also disastrous for our brain.


Tip 7: Spend quality time with friends and family

Depending on how busy you’ve been you may have neglected some important relationships. Now is the time to reconnect. If the relationship is challenging, spend some time thinking about the best approach.

Meeting our emotional needs is the key to good health. Another key is accepting the choices other people make.


Tip 8: Listen to your body

Remember that as we are self-healing whatever is happening right now in your physical body is your body’s attempt to keep you healthy. While it can be a nuisance to be having symptoms of pain, etc, listen to what your body is telling you.

Is there something that you haven’t dealt with?
What can you do right now to improve this condition?

Click here to find out how the BodyTalkTM System of Healthcare can help you to clear past trauma and emotional baggage.


Tip 9: Do something to exercise the mind

Crosswords, Sudoku, brain teasers etc are great for the mind. What activities do you enjoy that keep you mentally alert? Make time for them.


Tip 10: Connect to Spirit/God/Universe

Spend time thinking about your life in relation to the bigger picture. Are you clear about your life’s purpose? What could you be doing in the next 12 months to feel more connected to something greater than yourself?

Click here for more about our Life Purpose Readings.

 

Enjoy the holiday period!

Make the most of the time so that you return to work 
fit and re-energised.
And finally, HAVE LOTS OF FUN.
After all, you are on holidays!

 

Wishing you a peaceful and loving Christmas and holiday period.

Much love,
Kathleen and Ian