Stress management for teens

Thought Catalog

What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down? It gets toad away. (insert laughter here). Ha Ha Ha! If you haven’t figured it out yet…challenge number 2 is Laughter! If you are like me or like a lot of people I know, you might have just rolled your eyes when you read that line. But stick with me here, there’s something to this laughter thing. тм9

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “misery loves company” in my opinion that is an extremely harsh phrase! I’ve had moments of low times, but never felt like I was on a manhunt to find others to join me in my sorrows. However, what I did find was that when I’m in my low moments, I sometimes deliberately keep myself from doing things I enjoy or things I know just might make me feel better. And there I discovered that my misery indeed likes company.

I’d like to share a glimpse of my day with you today. Today was particularly a difficult day…emotionally that is. I felt like no matter what I did in this life I’d get the same result…which was some form of failure. I felt delayed in my endeavors, I felt guilty for the decisions I’ve made in life that brought me to this exact place, and I felt lonely. It seemed to get worse and worse as the day progressed. So I put my challenge to the test! I got dressed, I purchased a movie ticket online (so I couldn’t talk myself out of going later), and I took myself to the movies. I watched a comedy and I laughed so hard I cried. I left the theater feeling lighter, more energized, and just all around better!

My partners at Well-Being Trust say that one study even showed that participants with a strong sense of humor had a lower risk of mortality from heart disease and infection. No Joke!

See! Not only will it make you instantly feel better, it’ll lower your mortality risks! So take yourself to the movies, go to a comedy show, pop in your favorite funny DVD or Netflix movie, or call that one friend of yours who always has something funny to say! Whatever you do…don’t sit and wallow in your struggles and stress. There is hope, and it’s one laugh away.

Constantinos Panagopoulos