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Oct 7

Laughter An Anxiety Fighter


Edited: Oct 7

Dates At Center:

Aug-Nov 2008

Mar-Apr 2013

Jul-Aug 2014

Sep 2015

Some of my darkest days, when I thought the walls of anxiety were closing in on me, I would pray for Christ to comfort me and then I would do a DBT Crisis Survival Skill- Laughter. In the beginning of my recovery I didn't have any friends to support me, much less help me laugh. I was still in the process of looking for safe new friends at that point. So instead I found 3 comedy sitcoms that no matter what anxiety filled mood I was experiencing, these shows provided a good laugh every time. I was going through grief when I left the Center many years ago and am going through grief and loss again which triggers my anxiety. Today I watched one of my favorite comedy shows that came out with new episodes. I laughed so much. In my grief journey I'll take any laughs I can get. I feel anyone who is returning home with anxiety go have a laugh, any way you positively can. Laughter released happy chemicals in my brain, was a good release of anxiety, and it calmed me. It worked in the begining of my recovery and it still helps now. Thankfully, I have slowly over time met a lot of friends in recovery who can help me laugh, but when they are busy in the exact moment I need to descalate my anxiety or stress, I can take care of myself and I do my DBT. I still watch comedy, read a funny blog, or listen to streaming comedy on Pandora or IHeartRadio. I think my stress/ anxiety levels would still be very elevated 24 hours a day, if I didn't utilize this DBT Crisis Survival skill. So release some stress and try laughter (bonus points because it counts as a dbt self soothing skill, one mindful, and taking a vacation from problems) :)

Thanks Laura, that's great advice. Sometimes it's the simple things that help the most. The free self help tools rather than looking further can be the most empowering. Laughter is always good !!

Why is it we always forget about laughter? So true how important it is but so difficult sometimes. Love the idea of streaming comedy, haven't thought of that. Definitely going to use that and recommend it!!

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