Midweek chill out
Soldiers and pigeons, lest we forget
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This isn't easy if you are stressed, so take a few moments out with our midweek chill out, a short piece of laughter, music and something to help you think, for a while, about something completely different.
(There is an explanation for the science behind the laughs at the end of this post.)
Laugh a little (and cry, too)
In a few days time we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, and remembering all those who have died fighting for our country and our freedom. Can there be a more fitting piece of humour (or indeed a better piece of British comedy) than Captain Blackadder’s last few moments of the First World War?
Discover more at BBC Blackadder
The magic of music
Pigeons played and important role during the First World War. Although not directly connected to the war, this beautiful and inspiring song, The King of Rome, about a racing pigeon still has lessons for us today. ‘A man can crawl round, or he can learn to fly’.
Something to think about…
The respected American author Joseph E Persico has calculated a shocking figure that the final day of WWI would produce nearly 11,000 casualties, more than those killed, wounded or missing on D-Day, when Allied forces landed en masse on the shores of occupied France almost 27 years later. BBC History Magazine
And the answer to last weeks riddle: a box without hinges key or lid…
The science behind the laughs…
There is some good science behind all this. When you are in 'fight or flight' mode your adrenal glands secrete cortisol. This gives you the energy boost, reduced pain threshold and increased blood pressure to help you deal with the immediate situation. However, prolonged periods of high cortisol levels can have a distressing impact on your lifestyle and ability to perceive and understand your environment.
Cortisol release can be triggered by any number of stressful situations, including challenging work conditions, caffeine, a shortage of sleep, even travelling by train.
Researchers have found that laughter and music both help reduce stress hormones, hence our mid-week chill-out.
Seratonin is the neurotransmitter active in regulating your mood, appetite, sleep and memory. If cortisol is the stress hormone, then serotonin is the happy hormone!
Low levels of serotonin can result in feeling low, depression and anxiety. Keep serotonin levels up by eating bananas, dates, yoghurt, milk and seeds. Find the sun. Get a massage. Exercise and water are also important. Let your intuition tell you what your body needs to be happy and effective.
(With thanks to Amy Brann, neuroscientist and author)
Until next week…
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