I’ve been mostly housebound since early December when I was released from the hospital after a serious-but-not-severe bout of covid. The covid and pneumonia are long gone, but it’s taken quite a while to regain my energy and stamina. Friends asked what was the first thing I was looking forward to doing once I was off the supplemental oxygen. “Walk the dog on the greenbelt!” was my answer. And so I did, and it was glorious. Then I made my first solo foray to the grocery store, the craft store, and the thrift shop. Those were also momentous occasions.
During the whole recuperating process, I’ve focused on paying strict attention to what I pay attention to. That is, what I read, what I listen to, and what I watch. I used to watch a lot of British and Australian cop dramas and murder mysteries – particularly late at night while I was working on art collages. While I will always find those fascinating, I’ve cut back on them considerably, as it seems more positive viewing material was in my best interest. So I switched over to more comedic shows, like stand-up comedy concerts and funny movies. If you want to experience side-splitting laughter, watch Wayne Brady on the contemporary version of Whose Line Is It Anyway, hosted by Drew Carey. And definitely look for Ryan George on YouTube. Every time I laugh, I think to myself, This laughter is healing me!
Laughter is also really useful for diffusing stress. And reducing stress is one of the best ways to increase your energy – so it comes full circle. The more I laugh, the more I increase my energy.
Other ways to increase your energy level include:
- Get out from under the overwhelm, which really comes back to reducing stress. How can you offload some of the many, many things that keep you busy on any given day?
- Get some [more] exercise. (We’ll talk more about this in the next post.)
- Avoid addictive things like smoking and alcohol.
- Eat green leafy veggies every day and avoid refined starches (bread, pasta, cane sugar, etc.).
- Drink enough water (half your weight in ounces).
- Get enough sleep, but not too much.
What’s the common denominator among all these suggestions? All are positive behaviors! And the more positive an outlook you have toward them, the easier they will be to implement.
There are myriad ways to use positivity to increase your energy. If you really want to make positivity a priority, sign up today for the 30-Day Positivity Challenge. This complimentary 30-day series of exercises gives participants a variety of assignments conducive to feeling better, overall. According to inspirational speaker Abraham Hicks, “Few realize that they can control the way they feel and positively affect the things that come into their life experience by deliberately directing their thoughts.” Abraham Hicks says we accomplish this by simply “reach[ing] for a better feeling thought.”
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Laura Orsini is an author, speaker, consultant, publisher, and creator of Fairy Positive, an antidote to the worries of the world. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
4 thoughts on “Laugh Your Way to Feeling Great”
Positivity rules! This is a great post Laura. I’m happy you are recovering from the 21st century scourge. Keep laughing.
Thanks for the kind thoughts, Karen. Appreciate the read and the comment!
What a great post! Just thinking of Wayne Brady makes me smile. I’m so glad you have recovered from both COVID and pneumonia. I’ll remember not to be so rushed when I have to walk my dog and enjoy the outdoors – something I didn’t think I’d miss, but I’m sure I would.
I know, Elisa. He’s hysterical – and so talented. You should look for his performance on the Masked Singer (or whatever that show is called). Glad the post inspired you to enjoy walking with the pup. If you let it, it can be a magical time.