Key Takeaways:

  • Laughter is one of the best medicines as a caregiver.
  • Laughing boosts endorphins, improves immune function, and even helps us cope with stress better
  • Try one of these strategies next time you are feeling overwhelmed.

aughter is often said to be the best medicine, and this holds true even when you're in the role of a caregiver. The job can sometimes be demanding and stressful, but incorporating laughter and humor into your life can make it more joyful and help you maintain your well-being.

Laughter boosts endorphins, improves immune function, and even helps us cope with stress better. So, if you're feeling overwhelmed, try these tips to add more laughter to your life as a caregiver:

1. Spend some time with someone who makes you laugh

Firstly, seek out those individuals in your life who light up your world with laughter. These could be friends, family members, or even colleagues who have a knack for bringing humor into everyday situations. Spending time with them can be a refreshing change from your caregiver duties. They can help you see the lighter side of life, providing a much-needed break from the intensity caregiving can sometimes bring.

2. Put on a funny movie

Keep a few funny movies on hand to watch when stress gets you down. Think of these as part of your emergency humor kit.

If you can’t think of your favorites offhand, check out the American Film Institute’s list of 500 funniest movies of all time.

3. Get online

On a day when you need to laugh, use a search engine to find a funny video! 

There are endless funny videos on YouTube or check out social media platforms like TikTok or Instagram. Simply navigate to the search bar and search for funny videos on whatever you're interested in. Be careful - you may spend too much time laughing at these videos!

Online communities can also serve as platforms for sharing humorous stories or jokes. It can connect you with other caregivers who understand your experiences and can provide a hearty laugh when you need one. Try joining a Caregiving Facebook group.

4. Go to a comedy show!

Whether it's stand-up, a sitcom, or a humorous play, comedy shows provide an escape from everyday stress and transport us to a world where laughter reigns. These shows are crafted by skilled professionals who understand the art of humor and know just how to tickle our funny bones.

In fact, a study conducted by researchers at Loma Linda University School of Medicine found that watching standup comedians can lower stress hormones in the blood by as much as 50%!

5. Make time for fun

Sometimes when we're busy being caregivers it's hard to remember that we need to take care of ourselves, too - especially when it's time for fun. The next time your schedule feels overwhelming, try adding some laughter instead of more tasks or chores.

I know this can be a challenge, but laughter is an essential part of our lives. It not only makes us feel good, but it helps us stay healthy. And that’s something everyone can benefit from!  

So don’t forget to take some time out for fun every now and then. You might even laugh more often than before without even realizing it—and who doesn’t want that?

Making time for laughter is a form of self-care. And self-care is a necessity when you are a caregiver! Check out our other articles on self-care:

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Oct 14, 2022