I am writing this blog the day after Thanksgiving, and one of the things I am always most thankful for is to spend time relaxing and laughing with family and friends. Just yesterday my daughter Emily had me laughing so hard I thought I was going to pass out, and it got me thinking how important it is to spend time with your family and friends, and how important it is to take the time to relax and just laugh.
Turns out that sharing a good laugh can actually improve your health. The act of laughing actually triggers healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, strengthen your immune system, and diminish pain. Children laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults we tend to be more serious and laugh much more infrequently, but we can laugh more… we just need to seek out more opportunities for humor and laughter.
Watch a funny movie, TV show, or YouTube video. Invite friends or co-workers to go to a comedy club. Read the funny pages. Seek out funny people. Share a good joke or a funny story. Regular laughter can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness and even add years to your life.
Spending time laughing with others on a regular basis is a great way to combat stress, anxiety, pain, and conflict. Humor connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving.
Here are some of the benefits I was just reading about and wanted to share:
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. (Read More)
Ouch! Yes It Is Your Phone!
Text Neck and other synonyms used to explain the neck pain and headaches you are experiencing are real and directly related to how you are using your smart phone. In fact anytime your crank your neck forward, whether on your phone, using your laptop, or any other time you neck is forward of your shoulders there is extreme stress on your neck.
Your head weighs about 10-12 pounds. A new study, from spinal surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, quantifies the actual pressure on your neck from bending your neck forwards. When your ears are directly over your shoulder the apparent pressure on your neck is 0 pounds. As you neck flexes forward the stress on your neck increased. With your neck flexed forward 15 degrees your head feels like 27 pounds on your neck, at 30 degrees it is 40 pounds. From 40 degrees upward it is almost 1 pound per angle degree.
Why should this matter? Well there are reasons- one short term and the other long term.
Short term is pain and headaches. The long term is that the more forward you shoulders are to your sacrum, (or butt), the greater the chance of you ending up in a nursing home….really! (Read More)
Gearing Up For The Holidays…
As I sit hear typing this and feeling a little under the weather while doing so, I started thinking…tis the season where everyone starts to get “run down”. There can be so much stress and pressure around the holidays, and it is easy to let things get away from ourselves. Then add in all the sick bodies and germs we encounter day to day, plus being run down, and it’s no wonder people end up in a pile on the couch ill.
A few days ago I was re-writing my December 2016 goals on my blackboard in my room, and realized that I have gotten away from many of the little daily things that I need to be doing to take care of myself properly. I have also been SO beyond busy the past couple of months (as I am sure everyone else is), that my own priorities have been set aside. Maybe it is because it is approaching “that time of year”, maybe it is because of my grandfather not being well, maybe it is because I am married and a Mom now, and can’t seem to juggle a schedule, not sure here. But, I am guessing as I read this last sentence, that it is a combination of all these things.
I will share a few of my goals with all of you this month, and it doesn’t need to be January 1st to set goals people (we will save some of that for one of the next news letters)! First, well, there are kind of two here…don’t ignore the importance of sleep and no phone or electronics before bed! It is so important that our bodies get adequate sleep. This is the time for our bodies to rest, repair and heal (probably why I am not feeling so hot right now). As for the electronics before bed, this should be a given people. I know I don’t sleep well with the stimulation of my eyes staring at a screen before bed. I should know, I did it just the other night (after writing out my 12/16 goals), as I lay awake trying to fall asleep after. I should know better, we all should know better! Our bodies just feel better in general when we focus on getting enough good quality sleep.(Read More)
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