What is it? Enjoyment, amusement or light-hearted pleasure.
Benefits: Relieves stress, improves brain function, boosts creativity, increases energy & improves connection with others.
Interesting fact: Laughter is contagious thanks to mirror neurons which cause us to mimic other people when smiling or laughing.
How to: Create art, play ball or frisbee in the park, make music, play your favourite board game, get out with your children or pet, or host a dinner with light-hearted friends.
What is it? The energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give & receive without judgement – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent & Lead.
Benefits: Greater love, joy, compassion, physical health & longevity, along with decreased anxiety & depression.
Interesting fact: A sense of social connectedness is a fundamental human need and our level of connectedness is actually internal (rather than, for example, our number of Facebook friends).
How to: Enjoy a quality catch up with a friend that isn’t time bound, call someone close to you, write to tell someone how special they are, ground & rebalance yourself in nature or take time to sit in your own headspace.
How many times a day do you check your email? Refresh facebook, instagram, twitter or pinterest? Click your phone to check if you have any messages or missed calls? What are you distracting yourself from?
I’ve just spent three days down at the beach trying (and I mean making a concerted effort) to relax. I left my phone on my bedside table while I went for runs & walks along the beach, cooked delicious fresh food, went to the supermarket & spent time with friends. I certainly didn’t go cold turkey but I spent about a 30 minute time slot a day on my phone rather than checking it every 30 minutes. It was refreshing to go into a supermarket without my phone or walk along the beach just enjoying it instead of taking photos. And it’s possible to do this in our daily routine. Read on…