Laughter is good for destressing as it clears the mind and calms a person, says trainer.
Every time Mr Van Ram, a gelotologist and founder of Maximum Wellness Singapore, holds a laughter yoga session for his clients, he never fails to feel positive and relaxed. The same applies to the participants.
His sessions combine laughter with yoga exercise and breathing techniques. Laughing calms a person, clears his mind and helps him feel less stressed, he said.
This is why stressed-out folks should practise laughing at home to destress, he added. (Also read: Here’s Exactly How Stress Can Affect Your Heart)
“Start by looking at your family and friends or use a mirror if you are alone, and play upbeat music,” Mr Ram advised.
“Get one person to lead the group. You can start with the shy or nervous laughter to get everyone in the mood for laughing, before proceeding to do hearty laughs.”
As the body cannot tell the difference between real and voluntary laughter, we get the same health benefits, psychological and physiological, from both types of laughter, he said.
Alternatively, practising simple relaxation techniques can help take away some of the festive stress.