Laughter as a Stress Relief Strategy

Caitlyn Knuth
November 26, 2022

Far too often, there’s a tendency to look outside of ourselves for solutions when it comes to improving our health and overall wellness. This is particularly true when stress builds in life. When things get stressful and heavy, we often head to spas, treatment centers, or certified professionals to find routes to the relaxation and relief we’re longing for.

While these are all viable and effective options out there, the reality is that the solutions we’re seeking might just be as readily available without going anywhere at all! In fact, one of the most powerful antidotes to stress happens to be laughter.

This incredible tool for unwinding the nervous system and boosting mood is something that everyone can access without any price tag associated. It’s an enjoyable route to relishing in relaxation that can be customized to fit your lifestyle or style with ease. A little laughter can go a long way towards helping you feel healthier-so why not give it a try? Here are a few reasons why it’s worth your time to laugh at stress in life.

Laughter Might Decrease Your Blood Pressure Over Time

Heightened stress levels are typically accompanied by higher blood pressure readings, too. Unfortunately, prolonged high blood pressure can lead to unwanted and detrimental effects on the body such as heart disease or stroke.

The good news is, helping to bring those levels down to a healthy place simultaneously might mean doing something as simple as spending some quality time laughing! Whether you spend some well-deserved downtime watching a funny sitcom, reminiscing with a friend over funny moments, or reading a book that makes you chuckle, you’ll be doing something positive for your blood pressure. Studies have shown that regular laughter has been directly linked to decreasing blood pressure significantly over time.

It’s a Soothing Balm for Tension That Won’t Cost You a Dime

It’s no secret that when life gets stressful, we tend to feel the effects on our physical bodies. Chronic stress is especially harmful and can lead to significant muscle tension. Muscle tension is often linked to further effects like neck pain and migraines.

All these unpleasant effects could potentially be reduced with some mindful laughter built into your day! No, it might not be a cure-all, but it’s been shown time and again to make a positive difference.

Carving time out of a busy day to spend a little time laughing can help tension dissolve naturally. Laughter promotes healthy blood circulation throughout the body which in-turn encourages muscles to begin to relax. The result? A better feeling, and a more refreshed version of yourself.

Laughing Lets Your Body Function in a Heath-Positive Way

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference in our overall health. Laughter proves time again to be one of those simple things. When we laugh, muscles and organs throughout our body are stimulated to move, including our lungs and heart. Oxygen is also pulled into the body at higher levels, refreshing the internal organs.

This type of healthy influx is directly linked to a response in the brain. Laughter triggers a release of endorphins that are not only great for your body but provide a feel-good effect that’s great for your mental health.

Connect to Your Health and Others Through Laughter

Laughter is a healthy solution in life that comes with a refreshing and complete lack of negative side effects included. No matter where you find funny inspiration to get you giggling, it’s a great way to destress that can also connect you with others in the right setting. If something this simple can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and leave you feeling revitalized, it’s worth integrating into your day.

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