The number 1 reason I no longer suffer

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jethro
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   Posted 10/15/2006 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Meds and therapy may work, but they can be expensive and time consuming.  Today is the 11th anniversay of my last panic attack and I would like to share my 'secret' for success.  It may seem too simple to be true but believe me, it works!

 

Laughter is the oldest and most effective cure known, and it’s free.  Effective because among other things it reduces stress, relieves pain and boosts the immune system.

 

When you are feeling anxious or panicky laughing is often the last thing you feel like doing. By not doing so you help your anxiety and panic to build.

Turning your anxiety back on itself and having a good laugh will stop it in its tracks and kill the immediate fear that panic relies on.

Anger, stress, nervousness, anxiety, depression etc. can not live in the same mind as happiness, laughter and comedy.

 

So stop watching so much TV violence, drama and news.  Switch on to comedy.

Record some of your favourite sitcoms, rent or buy some fun videos or DVDs.  If you are having trouble sleeping or you are worrying about something give yourself a blast of fun and watch your troubles melt away.

 

Even better is to look for the funny side of life around you.  There are 101 things you can laugh at in your everyday life. 

 

Most of all learn to laugh at yourself.  See the funny side of you.

Do it now, look in a mirror, have a good laugh.  If you did something silly yesterday tell your family and friends, let them laugh with you, and at you.  Whatever made you panic yesterday, look back now and see the funny side of it, you survived so laugh at it.

Life is to enjoy, not to endure.

 

Whether you are a politician, salesman or plumber, humour is the most commonly used and most effective icebreaker known.  Laughter breaks down barriers and relaxes people. Laughter attracts people and it's infectious.  That’s a serious fact.

 

Try it NOW


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Marg57
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   Posted 10/15/2006 3:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a great remedy. I must give it a go. Thanks.

Marg
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/15/2006 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Hun I am forever laughing at myself does that count lol
I can do some pretty silly things
acually I agree I always push humor and believe it is the best medicine you will ever know
Thanks
Lyn
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   Posted 10/15/2006 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks sis you are so right I should have been laughing these last couple of days butttttttt
I am okay now lol
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jethro
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   Posted 10/15/2006 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
You identified the problem Lyn...too many buttts....and too many people sitting on them, thinking, instead of having some fun. lol
 
Do we stop having fun when we get older, or do we get older when we stop having fun?
 
I now feel 10 years younger than I was 5 years ago.


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/15/2006 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
me too I just had a serious meltdown but I knew it was coming I had not allowed myself the time and space to grieve mom and I had it hit me full force last couple of days
believe me I would have rather been laughing

I am 52 but sure enough dont feel it lol and sont wanna neither
Always look for happiness laughter and get off your butts
TY
Lyn
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jethro
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   Posted 10/15/2006 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
At 52 you're a mere youngster Lyn  lol
You had a rational reason, you are excused. We will all have such times in our lives.  I'm so glad you are getting through it now.
 
Its the irrational and unnecessary that is such a waste of valuable life.  Better to be irrationally happy.  They'll still think you're mad but you'll be much better company.
 
 
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shell67
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   Posted 10/15/2006 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
hi jethro, such a great read! Lyn, you are still very young, and no one would have a clue about your age if you wouldnt tell hehe
I have had a thought for years that I would make a tv channel that has nothing but GOOD news, wouldnt that be cool, just find the good things in life that are going on, not all the horrible depressing stuff.
I totally agree that laughter is the best medicine. I wish everyone at least one good laugh each day ;)
shell
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   Posted 10/15/2006 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes you just gotta laugh! There have been many studies done on the value of laughter in support of our emotional health.

I also found that extreme honesty with myself combined with admitting and embracing my fears like a great hug have gone amazing lengths toward no longer feeling afraid of them.
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   Posted 10/15/2006 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Spot on Jethro!

I was once at an interview where I had to give a presentation -- very nervous! -- and I was resting my butt on the table as I spoke ... just about holding it together when ... the table lurched sideways (no it did *not* collapse lol). Anyways, fortunately my gut reaction was laughter (a real belly laugh too -- it just exploded out of me!). It was the *best* thing that could have happened: suddenly all my nerves went and my hands stopped shaking and I was absolutely fine for the rest of the presentation -- and I got the job! So, proof that laughter not only is the best medicine, but is also something that is just waiting to come out when you get all those nerves! That old chemical reaction it triggers is second to none!!

Lyn hun, you are the Peter Pan of HW!! :)

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nervymeg
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   Posted 10/15/2006 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jethro, that's amazing advice....I gave up watching the news years ago and it's helped me too.  I don't stick my head in the sand politically, I just don't need to know about EVERY disaster!!!

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   Posted 10/15/2006 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Laughter does help a bit, but isn't necessarily the cure for everyone. 
 
Good advice though :)
 
 
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jethro
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   Posted 10/16/2006 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Laughter alone is not necessarily the 'cure' for everyone but it will certainly help everyone and be a part of the cure.

Emotionally, laughter reverses the chemical imbalance created by anxiety, and boosts the immune system. 

Physically it provides cardiac exercise and increases oxygen flow.

Developing your sense of humour and learning to see the funny side of life is an aid to everyones wellbeing.  Learning to laugh at yourself and your faults is a major step towards accepting yourself.  Non-acceptance of self in one form or another is most commonly the underlying cause of anxiety and particularly panic attacks.

 
 
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