Today I Learned...

Key Takeaways:
  • Laughter is one of the best medicines as a caregiver
  • Laughing can help us better cope with the stresses of caregiving
  • Find the joy and funny moments in each day!

As a caregiver, you're constantly dealing with stress. From making sure your loved one is getting the best care possible to making sure they're comfortable, being a caregiver is a tough job.

And sometimes, it can be hard to remember that laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter boosts endorphins, improves immune function, and even helps us cope with stress better.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, try these tips to add more laughter to your life as a caregiver:

Spend some time with someone who makes you laugh

People who make you laugh give you the gift of laughter and help teach you to enjoy life more.

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.

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!

Laughter is the best medicine.

Go to a comedy show

Going to a comedy show is one way you can add more laughter to your life as a caregiver. 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%.

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