Laugh out lots

Remember when you were a child and you’d giggle and laugh every now and then. Whether it was about watching a baloon flying up in the air or a friend slipping on the floor.

Then why in the world did you forget it all and become so serious?

I am not saying keep laughing all the time. But just once in the 24 hours. It not only elevates your mood but also produces positive hormones.

I want to ask you a couple of questions and see the answers for yourself.

1. Did you ever had a parallel stream of thought when you saw a child having an ice-cream?

2. Have you ever laughed when your partner tried to compete with you in the things you do perfectly?

3. Did you ever hide your favourite sweets and saw one of the family members looking for it?

4. Did you watch a show full of dark humour and related it with yourself?

Yes, that was small. Just four questions.

Were they relatable?

I will be a little optimistic here and say that, you must have related to it. All I want to tell you is that find things within yourself and on the outside that brings a good laugh to your face. Send those vibrations to your beautiful heart and soul.

Coping mechanisms are everywhere, we just need to find one that suits us better.

And, a little bit of humour does zero harm.

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Some Mental Health Tips

You have the power to enact real change in the way you think, behave, and cope on a daily basis. But you need to put in the work.

It’s an established fact that nothing beats practice and determination. A therapist can teach you tools and help you with your concerns. But what happens outside of an hour long therapy if you don’t bring into practice.

Also, therapy is not accessible to everyone. For those who are not able to take therapy, it is okay. I understand that it is an investment that for the time being you need to put in somewhere else.

Here are some things you can do.

1. Try writing your thoughts down. Venting is a good way to relieve Just take five minutes, write down your thoughts, ideas. A good way to go about it is through making bullet points. You can maintain one through apps on your phone or just use your notes app on phone.

2. Put a positive spin. It’s easy, when you observe yourself in stress, worked up or sad. Get up, shake yourself off that. Jump sometime or just a little bit of wiggle-wiggle. Look outside at the sun/moon/stars. Sing your favourite song, read something that you like. Choose your favourite spin.

3. Talk to your inner voice. Not that tough. It might need a bit of practice. Remember when you answered something in class and you on the inside are guessing if it is correct or wrong, or even when you on the inside are giving yourself a crappy feedback. All of that counts. Try shifting that, help that part of you to nourish. Tell yourself what that you are worthy. That it is okay to learn things while making mistakes.

4. Some stretching takes a long way. It releases happy hormones. Take out 30 minutes and go for a walk in a garden nearby. Look at the trees and flowers. If you like doing yoga, you can do some of it. There are ton loads of material on asanas available online. Check it out.

5. Have healthy meals. Cook meals or make some salads. The act of preparing it in itself makes one feel better. Add nuts, fruits and ample amount of water to your routine.

6. And lastly, add a bedtime routine. Brush your teeth, read something light. Turn your lights dim that helps you induce sleep. Or just have a light conversation with your partner.

End note – There are a number of small but impactful ways to improve your mental health every day.

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Emotions And The Chemistry Behind

Every time you feel something your body initiates a physiological change, a chemical release and a behavioural response. This process involves multiple processes working together, including your major organs, neurotransmitters and the limbic system. Your limbic system is the most primordial part of your brain. It’s filled with ancient neural pathways that activate our emotions in response to stimuli and controls our fight-or-flight response through the autonomic nervous system.

This response evolved from a need to make decisions based on our emotions. The biological sensations in our bodies in response to emotions can feel very similar to one another. Imagine your palms sweating, feeling your cheek warm as they flush red, and your heart pounding jn your chest. You could feel this because you are sitting nervously in the dentist’s waiting room, or you could be excited as you wait to see your loved ones after they return from a holiday- the physiological reaction is the same.

Now that you have understood about the physiological part of it. Let me tell you that your emotions depend upon fluctuations in the neurotransmitters. It further activates the different parts in your brain responsible for different moods.

Adrenaline
Released by the adrenaline glands that sit on the top of the kidney, adrenaline increases the blood flow in muscles, raises heart rate & dilates pupils. It has a crucial role to play in the flight-fight survival response.

Dopamine
This one is an addictive reward chemical in your brain. Gives you the motivation to seek out things that you need for your survival.

Oxytocin
Aka “cuddle hormone” , often released when you are close to another person. Essential in developing social bonds, & a key part in why we want to trust people.

GABA
Regulates muscle tone. Regulates communication between brain cells. Can bring calming effects by slowing down neurons firing.

Glutamate
Most abundant neurotransmitter in the vertebral nervous system. Glutamate is used by nerve cells. But excess of it can cause cognitive impairments.

Serotonin
It is linked to our wellbeing and happiness. Our levels of it is affected by exercise and exposure to sunlight. It helps to regulate our mood balance , sleep cycle and digestion.

Endorphins
Triggered by the sensation of pain. It works on inhibiting the transmission of the pain signals. It is capable of producing euphoria. Some studies suggest that it may be stimulated by laughter.

Now, when you feel a certain way. You will know what inside mechanism working.

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The Gestalt Prayer – Fritz Perls

I do my thing
and you do your thing.
I am not in this world
to live up to your expectations
And you are not in this world
to live up to mine.
You are you and I am I.
And if by chance
we find each other,it’s beautiful,
If not, it can’t be helped.I do my thing
and you do your thing.
I am not in this world
to live up to your expectations
And you are not in this world
to live up to mine.
You are you and I am I.
And if by chance
we find each other,it’s beautiful,
If not, it can’t be helped.
Fritz Perls (1893-1970)
Gestalt Therapy pioneer

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For The New Decade

I take my learnings from the past,

And pack my bags to move ahead,

I allow myself to discover the new,

And rediscover the old.

I stand.

I breathe.

I move ahead.

This new decade is mine and so is yours.

As I am me and you are you.

I begin at my own pace and you begin at yours.

Let’s believe that under the same sky we can be who we want to be.

Let’s hope that we can fall in love again with different things at a different time.

Let’s not look down upon but appreciate the individual differences.

While I like the stars and you like the moon.

With all the affection, I welcome 2020.

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