Midweek chill out
Red moons, blue moons, blue Monday
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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 out loud
In praise of Monday’s ‘super-blood-wolf-moon’.
‘The January full moon is known as a wolf moon and February’s as the snow or hunger moon. Other titles include the harvest moon closest to the Autumn Equinox, October’s hunter’s moon, March’s worm moon and the strawberry moon in June.
‘A blue moon is when MPs finally sort out Brexit.’
The magic of music
Billie Holiday singing ‘Blue Moon’ from 1952 – unforgettable
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Something to think about
‘Blue Monday’ started life as a PR stunt initiated by holiday company Sky Travel. The company claimed they had used a complex formula which concluded that the third Monday in January, in the Northern Hemisphere, was the most depressing day of the year.
The formula included such things as the weather, the arrival of the Christmas credit card bill and post new year blues.
Its not universal. It usually coincides with MLK Day in the States, a public holiday and in sunny Sydney Australia Monday 21st January 2019 was clear skies and 25ºC. And most of us understand that we make our own weather in our minds; we prefer not to have it dictated to us by a holiday company marketing department
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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