Midweek chill out
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
Grateful to Alex for his occasional stories of strange folk at the pub, including this
A couple come in and sit down at a table next to each other. When Alex asks for their food order the lady said her husband will have chicken and leak pie (without the pastry). She goes on to say her husband is highly allergic to fish and can Alex please make sure there is no contact in the kitchen with fish and that her husband’s food is uncontaminated by fish of any kind. Alex assures her he will do, writing it boldly on the order. Alex then asks her what she will have. Without faltering she answers ‘fish and chips’.
The magic of music
Talking ion fish, remember this?
Discover more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Mouth_Billy_Bass
Something to think about
George Orwell in The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) put fish and chips first among the home comforts that helped keep the masses happy and “averted revolution”.
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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