Here you go… these activities are so easy to do, and the side effect is de-stress as you engage in pleasurable things, have fun and enjoy yourself.
Enhancing your emotional resilience can be life changing. It changes your body chemistry, so you reduce the production of excess toxic cortisol and replace this hormone with a flow of happy hormones which are life enhancing, instead of being life depleting.
- Sniff your coffee… the aroma can lower stress hormones. The smell of coffee can also lead to a calming effect, according to researchers at The University of California.
- Watching cat videos… can have several benefits such as reducing your stress and enhancing your energy and joy.A study by Assistant Professor Jessica Gall Myrick of Indiana University’s MediaSchool explored the emotional impact of cat videos. She said her research continually came up with the conclusion that people love watching cats doing crazy things because it gives them joy.
Other research suggests that viewing cute animals can increase cognitive, emotional and behavioural resources and produce the flow of ‘happy hormones’.
Cats make people happy, and happy people like sharing videos. More than 2 million cat clips were posted to YouTube in 2014 according to the professor’s research, amounting to almost 26 billion views — more views per video than any other YouTube category.
This Weeks Video…
Visualisation for Anxiety – The Worry Beads – Dr Judy Hinwood
- The impact of nature’s aesthetics… is surprisingly powerful in reducing stress. In the 1980s, architects found that patients recovered more quickly from surgery when given hospital rooms with windows looking out on nature. Other studies since then have demonstrated that just looking at pictures of natural scenes can change the way a person’s autonomic nervous system responds to stressThe buffering effect of nature could have relevance for the workplace where it may be beneficial to utilize nature during the lunch break, prior to a stressful afternoon, to help enhance recovery of autonomic function thus enhancing emotional resilience.
- Popping Bubble Wrap… invokes the calming powers of touch according to Kathleen M. Dillon Psychology Professor Emerita at Western New England College.Dillon’s research found that undergraduates who got to pop two sheets of Bubble Wrap felt at once calmer and more awake after they were done than before they’d started; they also reported higher levels of calmness and alertness than a group that was not granted popping privileges.
Dillion says… “when people are nervous or stressed it could be that little nervous motions like finger tapping or foot jiggling — or Bubble Wrap popping! — are ways of releasing that muscle tension, which helps reduce the feeling of stress.”
- Blow up a Balloon… to blow away your stress. You may have noticed that most stressed-out people also engage in very shallow breathing at least at the time they are displaying their stress. Their shoulders tend to be drawn in over their chests, not allowing any expansion.If this is you or someone you know who wants some help to break their ‘stress habit’, start blowing up balloons.
The deep breathing involved with blowing up a balloon can bring in a moment of peaceful relief.In those minutes when a person is concentrating on filling a balloon with air there is hardly any room left in the mind to think or worry with yesterday, today or tomorrow.
When we engage in ‘deep belly breathing’ as we do in blowing up a balloon, our diaphragm muscle pushes downwards so the lungs can expand and take in as much air as possible.
This action means the diaphragm muscle puts pressure on the parasympathetic (calm me down) Vagus Nerve, which in turn sends a message from deep down in the abdomen to the brain to release the calming hormone serotonin.
In turn we feel relaxed, calm and energised.
And, deep belly breathing does all of that and more.
We invite you to immerse yourself in two days of building emotional resilience and join us in Brisbane on November 3rd& 4thfor the Build Emotional Resilience Training. We have a fantastic team of qualified Stress Management and Emotional Resilience Advocate Practitioners & Facilitators who will guide and mentor you through the processes. Plus, you’ll have lots of fun and go home relaxed and de-stressed and armed with your own personal destress toolkit and your stress management strategy plan. We pre and post stress test participants at this program and on average at the end of the two-day training they measure between 75% reduction in their stress level.
We guarantee it will provide you with the building blocks to create ENORMOUS levels of naturally derived energy as well as techniques, tools and strategies that will help you and your family on the path to high quality living! Bring your family and friends.
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