No matter who you are, at some point in your life your sanity will be threatened, either by your past, a person, problems, or even your profession. Your sanity is vital to your thriveability! In order to stay sane in this challenging world, you have to do something different. It’s insane to keep doing the same routine expecting a different outcome so let us help you change your mind’s trajectory and boost your resistance to insanity. Try these 7 Sanity-Boosting Skills.
Trees, grass, flowers, plants, the sky, clouds, mountains, sunrises, and sunsets….it is all here to offer us escapes from our often troubled realities. In the busyness and responsibilities that plague our days and tug at our sanity, grabbing a front row seat to admire nature is a no-brainer. Nature can increase our overall well-being by increasing positive emotions, enhancing senses, inspiring creativity, increasing satisfaction with life, and increasing energy. Nature is accessible to all of us so go outside and admire God’s creation!
Hugging is a kind and almost automatic act that practically everyone engages in. Hugs are often used to express common greetings and to express love. While they are useful for greetings and expressing love, they are proven to be beneficial in a number of other ways. Hugs are believed to increase oxytocin (the love drug) which is essential in calming nerves and boosting positive emotions. Hugs are also known to lower blood pressure, lower cortisol levels or the stress hormone, slow the heart rate, increase dopamine (pleasure hormone), increase serotonin (positive mood), and improve the immune system. Hugs are free so go ahead and indulge!
Smartphones, tablets, TVs, radios, smart watches, electronic games, mp3’s, and other gadgets are all within arm’s reach. To be honest, they are right in our pockets or laps. We live in a technological world that is only growing more tech-driven. While technology and media provide the occasional escape from reality, they can be dangerous if we are not connecting enough to people and real experiences around us that keep us grounded. If you are feeling stressed out and need some relief in life, try to resist the urge to use technology. Instead spend some time doing one of the aforementioned activities or spend time with a loved one. Turn off the electronics and tune in to the other wonderful aspects of the world around you!
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