Midweek chill out
In loving memory of Emma Chambers
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
In loving memory of wonderful Emma Chambers who died a year ago this week.
Three of her funniest Vicar of Dibley moments.
You made us laugh, Emma. We miss you
Discover more at IMDB
The magic of music
The beautiful piece of music that introduced Dibley…
Something to think about
Emma died at the early age of 53 from a heart attack.
Heart disease kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year in the UK.
According to the British Heart Foundation, ‘There are over 900,000 women in the UK living with coronary heart disease, the main cause of heart attacks. 68,000 women go to hospital following a heart attack each year in the UK – an average of 186 women per day, or 8 per hour.’
Women are less likely to recognise the symptoms and are less likely to seek medical attention and treatment, despite the warning signs.
To read more about the symptoms, treatment and prevention, go to the British Heart Foundation website.
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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