Laughter keeps us in good health and good relationships. It reduces stress and tension

Oh, the laughter of children! It bubbles up from their bellies and exits from their rosy lips like no other sound on this earth. It is a delight, refreshing to hear. It makes us envious that we no longer view our adult world with the same innocence. We try to remember when we were so easily filled with mirth and the joy of living.

Laughter in our adult world has become reserved for the occasional funny joke told by a stand-up comedian. Even some of the funniest of them sometimes bounce off our responses as trite, or too commonplace, for our sophisticated sense of humor. Somewhere along the path to adulthood we even forgot how to laugh.

Did you know laughter can be a healer of bodily ills? It can cement better relatioinShips with friends, spouses, and children. It brings people together, especially those who like to laugh. They share happiness, relaxation. Laughter can even strengthen our immune systems and lessen the pain we are feeling from physical ills. It definitely reduces stress and tension. That fact alone should make us want to include laughter as a daily goal.

Having fun things round you will help remind you to lighten the load you are carrying, to even laugh at yourself. It can be a simple as a silly toy or a poster or a coffee mug with a humorous inscription.

A Norway survey found that people actually live longer who laugh. Make you want to change your lifestyle? It makes me glad I have always enjoyed laughter.

Hobbies vs. Stress

Hobbies can be stress relievers. Enjoy your life.


Hobbies vs Stress

Do you have a hobby? Does it help you reduce your stress?

Over the years I have unwittingly, for the most part, been introduced to ‘hobbies, that have not been my desire to have one. Knitting and needlework came with me at an early age. When I was married, my mother-in-law taught me how to quilt and those lessons have stayed with me many years and have been a friend. I never lost my fascination for quilting and have even added paper piecing to it.

Then there was leather tooling, and since my husband was a carver, I learned marquetry and intarsia, and enjoyed the time we spent together in his workshop. Finally, I came to try my hand at water color painting, which I’ m still doing. How all these wonderful hobbies have helped me develop as a person I can only guess but they have helped me through many stressful times. There was illness, the day to day struggle of meeting bills, raising children, long periods of layoffs and strikes, death and despair.

Then came my husband’s dementia. There is little that helps you through the ordeal of being a caregiver. Nothing prepares you for that task except to give thanks for the care you are able to give.

When you finally pick up the pieces of your life, you, too, will realize you have a reason to go on. Painting is still there for me. Give yourself the hobbies or the reasons to enjoy whatever part of your life you can.


More benefits from Zentangle

Just when you think you’ve accomplished something, there’s always more challenges to come. I began to realize there were other pluses to my Zentangle experience.

More benefits from Zentangle

Just when you think you’ve accomplished something, there’s always more challenges to come. I began to realize there were other pluses to my Zentangle experience.  In the months since I had finally begun to fall asleep before the wee hours of the morning, I filled a notebook with3 inch Zentangle tiles. In that time I found myself improving in my handwriting. MY family no longer accused me of being impossible to read. What a relief!. I also began seeing that I was no longer simply following the repetitive lines but I began to be more creative. It led me back to drawing and putting actual pictures on larger tiles. You will find other possibilities from that one attempt at reaching out to get help. There are endless possibilities in everything we pick up, every thought that passes our minds, Try not to discount those lightening strikes They may be solutions to todays problems…

Reducing Stress

This blog will give you useful information about reducing stress and promoting sleep.

Did you ever have a sleepless night when you worried about being too tired the next day to fulfill your duties? You punched the pillow and looked at the clock over and over and over…

It is mostly created by the stress in our lives STRESS can drive you to not thinking too clearly, to making the wrong decisions, and just feel miserable about a condition you cannot give reason to or to change at      all. As a care giver to my husband in the assaults of dementia, I ran the gamut of that stress, about not being patient enough, not understanding enough, or not being physically able to cope with the demands I had most willingly assumed. My stress induced the sleepless nights that ill prepared me for facing the next predictable day.

Family always rose to help me. My daughter had been reading about the benefits of Zentangle in reducing stress and she produced a starter kit for me to try. The basic theory is that the repetitive drawing on three inch paper tiles could help eliminate and channel your inner stress through  relaxation. What did I have to lose, except frustrated pillow time?

The first night I tried to be creative but found that simpler was better. I did several of the tiles and spent another sleepless night. The second night I concentrated on the repetition rather than how nice it looked. It was as though I had a magical transformation. Instead of getting to sleep in the wee hours of the morning, I was able to fall asleep in just an hour. For the first time in ages I felt refreshed when I awoke, ready to face the challenges of a new day. I don’t suggest it will be the answer to your prayers, You have only a few dollars to invest, and a half hour or more to spend trying something that may help reduce your stress.

This is a picture of my zentangle tile.
This one of my first attempts.