Midweek chill out

Dolphins, squirrels, bees and rewilding

Nov 14, 2018

We are life coaches and financial coaches here at Living Money. We want to do what we can to help you (whether you are a client of ours or not) to be happy, wealthy and effective.

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 out loud

Dolphins and squirrels just doing what dolphins and squirrels do when they get together.

Discover more on YouTube

The magic of music

‘Honey’, the latest release from Robyn (and more about bees and honey in the coming weeks)

Discover more at Robyn’s site

Something to think about…

Rewilding, and the impressive work of Charlie and Isabella Tree at Knepp in West Sussex. Think about conservation and environmental renewal by letting go and allowing nature to take the driving seat rather than the conventional approach of targets, control and doing everything humanly possible to preserve the status quo.

Discover more at Knepp and read Wilding by Isabella Tree

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.

Also…

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)

Finally…

 

Click here for previous midweek chill outs

 

Until next week…

 

Midweek chill-out title photo credits Luca Upper Fernando Brasil Lesly Juarez Derek Thomson William Recinos on Unsplash

 

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