Laughter During Times of Stress
Is Laughter Yoga Appropriate Right Now?
In our personal lives and in the world, things are quite serious. When laughing with others, we must choose when and how to offer Laughter Yoga in a respectful way. Because this skill does not rely on jokes or humor, it’s much more flexible to be used in a variety of circumstances. During stress, choosing to laugh by yourself can provide valuable stress relief.
From my perspective, laughing every day is a useful form of exercise and mental health care. I have suffered through loss and health problems where depression can sneak in easily. Making the choice to laugh alone daily allows me some influence on my own health. Sometimes laughter flows easily, while other times crying is the result. After surgery, silent laughing or daily smiling is all that is possible, yet continuing the habit maintains my sense of self. Loss of control can add to already stressful events. Regaining some autonomy through smiles and laughs feels empowering!
During tough times, sadness, stress and fear build up in our minds and bodies. Laughter Yoga as a coping skill is a simple and effective release. Our mind can shift into a relaxed or even cheerful state with hearty laughter. Life circumstances may not change, yet how we feel can actually change very quickly.
When I feel awful, the old fashioned advice of my great grandmother still applies: try a drink of water, a solid night sleep and a good hearty laugh! Ha Ha Ha Ho Ho Ho!
CLYT — Eagle Lake, Wisconsin