Giggle The Stress Away #MHAW18


It's that time of year again! Mental Health Awareness Week starts today with the theme Stress: Are you coping?

Each year we're delighted to see more people get involved in raising awareness, spreading the message and opening up about their mental illness. As always we're joining the celebration of raising awareness of mental health by looking at the impact of comedy, humour and laughter on our wellbeing.

So, we probably all know what stress is.....it can look a little something like this.

Stress is the way our body reacts to difficult situations or life events. The ways in which stress can affect people varies given their circumstances and personal resilience.

Stress can be useful at times as it triggers our 'fight or flight' response, it can help us meet a deadline or respond quickly to dangerous situation. But...yes and there always a but...if stress becomes excessive, overwhelming or a constant within a persons life it can negatively impact their mental health, instead of giving us the get up and go to push through it can make us feel overwhelmed and unable to handle the situations we're faced.

How do I know I'm stressed? - www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress

So with that in mind, as you've probably noticed we chirp on a lot about the benefits of laughter, humour and comedy on our well being and this includes using a good old chuckle as a stress reliever. That's why we've put a list together of our top comedy related stress relievers that you can do from the comfort of your home or by venturing out into new surroundings.

[ x ] KEEP A LAUGHTER LOCKER

Put together your own hilarious hoardings, your favourite book, set of jokes, pictures, videos, items that trigger funny memories ready for a rainy day. There'll be a smile and snicker at the ready as you go through your funny findings.

[ x ] MAD ABOUT MEDIA

Hilarity is all around us. Not feeling up to heading out, or your just too busy too? The TV and wonderful world of social media and online communities are filled with hilarious videos, podcasts, blogs, articles and stories. Whether that's meme central or a continuous stream of cat and dog videos, whatever makes you giggle, take some time out of your everyday life to watch, read and / or listen to the funny side of the world and world wide web.

[ x ] FINDING THE FUNNY