Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Laughing Your Stress Away

I feel like the main challenge of these 3 months is more than to just to lose weight, it's also about being healthier.

A major issue that affects our being healthy, and can sometimes prevent us from working out, is stress.

The following are some of the ways stress affects our bodies

Stress can cause chronic fatigue, digestive upsets, headaches, and back pain.
Stress can affect the blood cells that help you fight off infection, so you are more likely to get colds and other diseases.
Constant stress can increase blood pressure and can increase the risk for stroke.
Stress can increase the danger of heart attacks, particularly if you are often angry and mistrustful.
Stress can make an asthma attack worse.
Stress triggers behaviors that contribute to death and disability, such as smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse, and overeating.
Stress can lead to diminished sexual desire and an inability to feel pleasure.
Stress makes it harder to take other steps to improve health, such as giving up smoking or making changes in diet.
Being stressed can add to weight gain and a hard time losing weight

Here is a very good article that talks about dealing with stress

When we were in church on Sunday we discussed the talk entitled "Come What May, and Love It." from Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin 

It is a fantastic talk! In it, he explained how he and his wife learned to laugh. When things went wrong, or for example, when they got lost, they laughed. And instead of having a bad time, they were able to make a lasting memory.

There are a lot of ways to deal with the stresses of life, but my favorite is to learn to laugh.

There are a lot of health benefits to laughing. Some of them are as follows:

Laughter relaxes the whole body
Laughter boosts the immune system
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins 
Laughter protects the heart
Laughter eases anxiety and fear
Laughter burns calories -not a lot, but the more you laugh, the more you burn
Laughing can get you out of your head, and away from your troubles
Laughing helps you to not feel overwhelmed 

Here is one of the really good articles I read about laughter

It's important to work on not getting stressed...
What is something you do to lessen your stress levels?

Let's all learn to laugh!


sexualhealthindia on September 30, 2010 at 4:05 AM said...

Brilliant thinking.Humour can be a wonderful tension reducer. There is clinical proof that it is an effective remedy to help combat stress. It can be like taking a tranquillizer.


Annie on October 2, 2010 at 6:18 AM said...

You are so informative! Awesome!

Helena on October 4, 2010 at 7:15 AM said...

Wait, does sex increase your sex drive? It should be more clear on important points like this...

sexualhealthindia on October 12, 2010 at 12:31 AM said...

Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.

Helena on October 12, 2010 at 6:21 AM said...

Well, thats good to know. But is that just in India? Maybe things works differently in different countries.


Annie, age 29

About Annie

With everything I am responsible for at home, my ridiculous work schedule and my health problems, it makes it hard to keep working out on the front burner. But when I heard about this blog, I thought 'why not!'. I'm excited to get started and hopefully I won't die of exhaustion when this is all over!

Heléna, age 26

About Helena

I can't fit into my clothes! After getting married and being forced to eat my own cooking, I started gaining weight. The desk job didn't really help. I gained 30 lbs in the past year, and I can really feel it when I try to get dressed in the morning. I am really good at starting diet and exercise programs; but really bad at finishing them. And that's all about to change...

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