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Stress Management: Release Stress & Improve
The word 'stress' is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "a state of affair involving demand
on physical or mental energy". A condition or circumstance (not always adverse), which can
disturb the normal physical and mental health of an individual.
At one point or the other everybody suffers from stress. Relationship demands, physical as
well as mental health problems, pressure at workplaces, traffic snarls, meeting deadlines,
growing-up tensions—all of these conditions and situations are valid causes of stress. People
have their own methods of stress management. In some people, stress-induced adverse
feelings and anxieties tend to persist and intensify.
Every one of us needs to master the art of fighting stress, and what could be best possible
medicine than ‘Laughter’. Humans were designed to laugh. Laughter is nature's
stressbuster. It lifts our spirits with a happy high that makes us feel good and improves our
behavior towards others. Just a few generations ago happy healthy humans spent 20
minutes a day or more in laughter. Now adult daily laughtime is down to 5 minutes or less
in many countries. This is one of the worst aspects of 'modern life'.
We all know that laughter makes us feel good. A regular 20 minute laughter session can
have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. Laughter therapy is gentle exercise.
It fills your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises
your lungs. This is really important for people who don't get regular aerobic exercise.
When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones & chemicals that have startling
positive effects on our system. Stress is reduced, blood pressure drops, depression is lifted,
your immune system is boosted & more. Western science is just starting to discover the
great effects of laughter. Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing
to give you the health benefits of hearty laughter. Laughter exercises almost always lead to
real laughter, especially when practiced in a group. Laughter yoga is one of the best stress
management known so far.
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