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Laughing is good for your health.

Do you have enough reasons to laugh?

When did you last have a really good laugh?

You know, one of those outbursts that literally shakes your whole body. When you can hardly breathe and your sides are hurting afterwards. If you can’t remember the last time you really laughed, it may be a sign you need to make room for a little more humour and playfulness in your life.

Laughter is good for you

Humour balances the seriousness of life, and it’s what helps you endure challenges. Laughter is good for you on many levels:

Laughter relaxes your whole body

A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, relaxing your muscles for up to 45 minutes afterwards.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins

The body’s natural feel-good chemicals, endorphins promote an overall sense of wellbeing.

Laughter boosts the immune system

It decreases stress hormones and increases your body’s production of white blood cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter protects the heart

Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Ways to laugh more

You can find more reasons to laugh by:

  • Smiling – this is where laughter begins, so find reasons to smile and let it take over your body.
  • Spending time with fun, playful people – seek out family and friends who make you laugh.
  • Moving towards laughter – when you hear people laughing, join them; laughter is highly contagious.
  • Joining a laughter club – these are groups that get together for the express purpose of laughing.
  • Watching comedy – this can be in any form you like, such as a YouTube clip, live act, TV show or movie.
  • Reading funny books or comics – start each day with a funny quote or cartoon.

What or who makes you laugh? Invest some recovery time in these activities and people.

Professional help is at hand

If you or a loved one simply can’t find a reason to laugh or smile, you might benefit from chatting to one of our friendly doctors. You may be entitled to Medicare-subsidised counselling under the GP Mental Health Care Plan Scheme. Please ask your doctor for details and a referral.

For a private consultation with one of our psychologists, no referral is required – you can simply make a booking with Reception.

 

Source: The Life Plan: Simple Strategies for a Meaningful Life by Shannah Kennedy

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Eat healthy food in 2018.

9 healthy habits for 2018

Now that the new year is well underway, how are you going with your goals and resolutions? If you haven’t already made any, it’s not too late to kick-start 2018.

Here are some ideas to give your year the healthy boost it may need:

1. Cut down on stress

Untreated stress can lead to serious illness. Whether you tackle stress through exercise, meditation, leaving work on time, getting more organised or any other method, everyone can benefit from cutting stress from their lives.

2. Get more sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to serious medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Watch less TV and Netflix and try going to bed on time in 2018.

3. Eat well

No, you don’t need to go vegan or quit sugar (unless you really want to) but eating more vegies and home-cooked meals is simple. Like anything, it comes down to planning and changing your habits. If cooking isn’t your thing, make use of meal subscription services like Marley Spoon or Hello Fresh, or sign up for grocery delivery to make sure you always have fresh, healthy food on hand.

4. Get more exercise

Even little bursts of activity — such as a daily 15-minute power walk — can have big health and mood benefits. Try walking to work or take a couple of laps around the block in your lunch break, or try a fun new activity like indoor rock climbing that will help you get active without seeming like a chore.

5. Read more

Reading has been found to reduce stress and boost memory, focus and concentration, so make a list of books you want to read and stick to it. Consider joining a book club if you think you’ll need more of an incentive to hit your reading target.

6. Travel

You don’t have to travel far to have a good time. Pick a location in Victoria you’ve never been to before, program the GPS and head off for a weekend adventure. If you have the time and money to jet off overseas, make sure you speak to us about travel vaccinations before you go.

7. Log off

Studies show excessive screen time can disrupt sleep and contribute to anxiety and stress, so make yourself a nightly digital curfew and stick to it.

8. Eat breakfast

It’s the most important meal of the day. So do your mind and metabolism a favour and make time for a healthy breakfast each morning.

9. See your doctor

Your relationship with your doctor is one of the most beneficial you will have over your lifetime. Regular health checks with your doctor can give you peace of mind, confirm you are on the road to good health or identify any potential health concerns early.

Make a booking today with one of our friendly doctors. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: News.com.au

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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