Midweek chill out
Sweets, teardrops and trees
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
The Two Ronnies Sweet Shop sketch.
The customer is always right – up to a point
The magic of music
Van Morrison taking us back in time with Teardrops
Something to think about
Trees are some of nature’s most amazing miracles.
Take a bit of time to identify the following three trees:
(Answers next week)
A well groomed tree
Jigsaw for primates
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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