.Increased oxygen decreases stress, improves mood, focus, athletic performance and other positive things. However, the average adult breathes shallowly through their chest rather than using their diaphragm (the muscle responsible for breathing). Shallow chest breathing causes a continual state of low-grade stress since it provides less oxygen, can overburden the heart, and strains the neck and shoulder muscles.. To practice diaphragmatic (aka "belly") breathing, place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest while you breathe. You should feel your belly push your hand away while your chest should not rise. In addition, breathing through your nose rather than your mouth and using good posture-- sitting and and standing-up straight-- are important. Keep practicing techniques, and enjoy the wellness rewards!
Just Getting it Done or Making the Decision Will Make You Happiest
Just getting something done, whether it's making a decision or finishing a project, will leave you more satisfied with your choice than trying to perfect it. Research shows that people who move forward with an outcome they’d be fine with, rather than endlessly searching for “the perfect one”, are happiest. (Remember the term “Analysis Paralysis”?) So, just do it, take a victory lap and move on. It's perfectly fine.
"Laughter is an Instant Vacation"
“Laughter is an Instant Vacation”--- Milton Berle. It’s also great medicine! Laughter decreases stress, boosts immunity, and burns 1.3 calories a minute. So connect with a friend, neighbor or crazy family member today….. and laugh.
Get Outside for a Happiness Boost
Looking for a simple way to reduce stress and feel happier? Get outside! Research has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature (especially the woods) and reduced stress, anxiety, and improved moods. According to Harvard researchers, "When people are depressed or under high levels of stress, they experience a continuous loop of negative thoughts," and the brain finds greenery, natural sounds and even outdoor silence to be soothing. Can't get outside? MRIs show that listening to nature sounds can have a similar effect.
Feeling uncertain, bored or need a break? Try Virtual Volunteering. Organizations need the help, and you'll reap the rewards as well. According to Harvard Health, "doing good" boosts happiness, reduces blood pressure, and releases feel-good brain chemicals., In addition to your favorite charity that could potentially use remote support, here are a few ways to virtually volunteer.
About the Author
While developing and marketing products in the Beauty industry I naturally became interested in things associated with beauty, both inside and out. As I learned about nutrition, exercise, meditation, yoga, toxin-free skincare, mindfulness, clean eating... (and the list goes on) it became clear how important they all are not only to beauty, but to a healthy, balanced, happy life. Volumes of information scattered across so many platforms felt overwhelming, and hard to use. Thus I decided to bring it all together in one place so it could be acted-on collectively. This idea became Collective Wellness. It is both an ever-growing collection of wellness information and a collective of people---a community that is learning, growing and sharing the wellness journey together. I hope you join us. Welcome to Collective Wellness!