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  2. 2. Coping With Stress
  4. 4. 40% NEVER HAPPEN <ul><li>30% IN THE PAST CAN’T-BE-HELPED </li></ul><ul><li>12% CONCERNS OTHERS NONE-OF-YOUR-BUSINESS </li></ul><ul><li>10% IS SICKNESS </li></ul><ul><li>REAL- OR- IMAGINARY </li></ul>
  5. 5. 8% ARE <ul><li>THE SITUATIONS FACED IN THE PRESENT </li></ul><ul><li>WHICH MUST NEVER BE IGNORED </li></ul>
  6. 6. PROBLEMS <ul><li>BLESSING </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>CURSE </li></ul>
  9. 9. Manage The Situation <ul><li>And Stress Stands ERADICATED </li></ul>
  10. 10. Learn To Unlearn The Stressful Habits <ul><li>And Learn To Develop On The Relevant Ones </li></ul>
  11. 11. living <ul><li>A STRESS-FREE LIFE </li></ul>
  13. 13. ACCEPT THE PRESENT LEVEL FIRST WITH A <ul><li>THEN DEVELOP RELEVANT UNDERSTANDING </li></ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul><ul><li>PLAN TO MANAGE ACCORDINGLY </li></ul>non judgmental attitude
  14. 14. Remember The Best May Not Be Always Available To You <ul><li>Whatever You Have In The Present </li></ul><ul><li>Put Efforts To Develop That As The Best FOR YOU </li></ul>
  18. 18. WHEN YOU WORRY <ul><li>YOUR ENERGY IS DIVERTED TOWARDS WORRY </li></ul><ul><li>AND IS WASTED </li></ul>
  19. 19. YOUR WISDOM SAYS <ul><li>Do not Waste Your Precious Energy In Worry </li></ul><ul><li>Instead Invest It In Responsibility </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>DOES PRACTICE MAKE A PERSON PERFECT? </li></ul>
  22. 22. USE POSITIVE WORD <ul><li>CONCERN </li></ul><ul><li>INSTEAD OF WORRY </li></ul>
  24. 24. Stress Stress is a feeling that's created when we react to particular events. It's the body's way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. Stress can be good or bad…. Stress adds flavor, challenge and opportunity to life. Stress can pump you up, give you energy, supply that zest for living. Also it can become destructive and can turn into distress. Too much stress on your mind and body can make you feel miserable, worried, sad and ill.
  25. 25. <ul><li>Mental make-up of human beings is prone and vulnerable to stress, therefore it is imperative that we have a clear understanding of its causes, effects and solutions. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Stress Management <ul><li> Stress Management is an important part of daily living for everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>However, when stress becomes excessive it can be very damaging. It can harm: </li></ul><ul><li>health </li></ul><ul><li>happiness </li></ul><ul><li>work performance </li></ul><ul><li>team spirit and co-operation </li></ul><ul><li>relationships </li></ul><ul><li>personal development </li></ul>
  27. 27. How To Manage Stress <ul><li>Mental Techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Techniques. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Mental Techniques <ul><li>Time Management. </li></ul><ul><li>Reorganize. </li></ul><ul><li>Re label. </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solve. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Identify Important Things <ul><li>Identify your values. </li></ul><ul><li>Set goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Priorities. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Diversions <ul><li>Music. </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies. </li></ul><ul><li>Play. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Vacations. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Just Be happy!!! Forget What is stress
  32. 32. <ul><li>VARIOUS TYPES OF </li></ul><ul><li>LEISURE </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Stress management involves, at the simplest level: </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizing the symptoms of stress </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the causes </li></ul><ul><li>Taking action to address the causes and thereby reduce the symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Where necessary, taking interim steps to relieve the symptoms until the underlying causes have been addressed. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Also Leisure can be viewed as a 'coping strategy', it may involve family support, hobbies and other non-work activities. Different types of leisure are identified as: 1.Active challenging leisure 2.Passive recuperative leisure Stress and health have been closely associated for years. Leisure plays an important role in well being and good health.
  35. 35. <ul><li>Active Challenging Leisure                                                         </li></ul><ul><li>To do something challenging </li></ul><ul><li>To work towards a goal </li></ul><ul><li>To use my skills and talents </li></ul><ul><li>To achieve recognition and status </li></ul><ul><li>To compete with others for excitement and stimulation </li></ul><ul><li>To learn new things </li></ul><ul><li>To do something risky </li></ul><ul><li>To keep busy </li></ul><ul><li>To be totally focussed </li></ul><ul><li>To meet new people </li></ul><ul><li>To meet people of the opposite sex </li></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>Passive Recuperative Leisure </li></ul><ul><li>To relax </li></ul><ul><li>To do something different from work </li></ul><ul><li>To do something quiet and peaceful </li></ul><ul><li>To be free to do what I like </li></ul><ul><li>To reduce stress </li></ul><ul><li>To feel better mentally </li></ul><ul><li>To do something that is important to me </li></ul><ul><li>To get pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>To do something absorbing </li></ul><ul><li>To do something for its own sake </li></ul><ul><li>To have fun </li></ul><ul><li>To enjoy nature </li></ul>
  37. 37. Physical Techniques <ul><li>Deep Breathing. </li></ul><ul><li>Exercising. </li></ul><ul><li>Body Scan “relax-let go”. </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagery. </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>Rest. </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Physical Stress Reduction PMR and Deep Breathing <ul><li>Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR) Progressive Muscular Relaxation is a purely physical technique for relaxing your body when muscles are tense. </li></ul><ul><li>The idea is behind PMR is that you tense up a group of muscles so that they are as tightly contracted as possible. Hold them in a state of extreme tension for a few seconds. Then relax the muscles to their previous state. Finally you consciously relax them again as much as you can. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Breathing Control <ul><li>Deep breathing is a very effective method of relaxation. It is a core component of everything from the 'take ten deep breaths' approach to calming someone down, right through to yoga relaxation and Zen meditation. It works well in conjunction with other relaxation techniques such as Progressive Muscular Relaxation, relaxation imagery and meditation to reduce stress. </li></ul>Physical Stress Reduction
  40. 40. Taking Exercise <ul><li>Taking frequent effective exercise is probably one of the best physical stress-reduction techniques available. Exercise not only improves your health and reduces stress caused by unfitness, it also relaxes tense muscles and helps you to sleep. </li></ul>Physical Stress Reduction
  41. 41. Exercises for relieving stress <ul><li>Ergotrophic (work) - metabolises stress hormones </li></ul><ul><li>Vigorous motion breaks up bracing patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Mood-enhancing effect (anti-depressant) </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiolytic effect </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep and ability to cope with stress </li></ul><ul><li>Necessary recovery from effort stress / strain </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep - not restful amidst stress (nightmares) </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss your experience with stressful sleep </li></ul>
  42. 42. Improving Attitudes <ul><li>Attitude is fundamental to long term stress management. Where your attitude is negative or hostile, you will create problems out of opportunities and cause stress by alienating and irritating other people. Where you have a positive attitude, you can maintain a sense of perspective and draw the positive elements out of each situation. You will find that people will be more helpful and cooperative as they find you a pleasure to work with. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Workplace Skills <ul><li>Delegate. </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipate problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Be assertive. </li></ul><ul><li>Be decisive. </li></ul><ul><li>Organize. </li></ul><ul><li>Balance work and personal time. </li></ul>
  44. 44. How Can I Manage Stress Better? <ul><li>Identifying unrelieved stress and being aware of its effect on our lives is not sufficient for reducing its harmful effects. Just as there are many sources of stress, there are many possibilities for its management. </li></ul><ul><li>All require work toward change: changing the source of stress and/or changing your reaction to it. </li></ul>How do you proceed ?
  45. 45. 1. Become aware of your stressors and your emotional and physical reactions. <ul><li>Notice your distress. Don't ignore it. Don't gloss over your problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine what events distress you. What are you telling yourself about meaning of these events? </li></ul><ul><li>Determine how your body responds to the stress. Do you become nervous or physically upset? If so, in what specific ways? </li></ul>
  46. 46. 2. Recognize what you can change. <ul><li>Can you change your stressors by avoiding or eliminating them completely? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you reduce their intensity (manage them over a period of time instead of on a daily or weekly basis)? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you shorten your exposure to stress (take a break, leave the physical premises)? Can you devote the time and energy necessary to making a change (goal setting, time management techniques, and delayed gratification strategies may be helpful here)? </li></ul>
  47. 47. 3. Reduce the intensity of your emotional reactions to stress. <ul><li>The stress reaction is triggered by your perception of danger...physical danger and/or emotional danger. Are you expecting to please everyone? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you overreacting and viewing things as absolutely critical and urgent? Do you feel you must always prevail in every situation? </li></ul><ul><li>Work at adopting more moderate views; try to see the stress as something you can cope with rather than something that overpowers you. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to temper your excess emotions. Put the situation in perspective. Do not labor on the negative aspects and the &quot;what if's.&quot; </li></ul>
  48. 48. 4. Learn to moderate your physical reactions to stress. <ul><li>Slow, deep breathing will bring your heart rate and respiration back to normal. </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation techniques can reduce muscle tension. </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic biofeedback can help you gain voluntary control over such things as muscle tension, heart rate, and blood pressure. </li></ul>
  49. 49. 5. Build your physical reserves. <ul><li>Exercise for cardiovascular fitness three to four times a week (moderate, prolonged rhythmic exercise is best, such as walking, swimming, cycling, or jogging). Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain your ideal weight. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid nicotine, excessive caffeine, and other stimulants. </li></ul><ul><li>Mix leisure with work. Take breaks and get away when you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Get enough sleep. Be as consistent with your sleep schedule as possible. </li></ul>
  50. 50. 6. Maintain your emotional reserves. <ul><li>Develop some mutually supportive friendships/relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Pursue realistic goals which are meaningful to you, rather than goals others have for you that you do not share. Expect some frustrations, failures, and sorrows. Always be kind and gentle with yourself -- be a friend to yourself </li></ul>
  51. 51. Tips For Reducing Stress
  52. 52. Tips For Reducing Stress <ul><li>Simple, commonsensical strategies for transforming mental, physical and emotional tension into energy are: </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to be alone on a regular basis. Listen to your heart, check your intentions, reevaluate your goals and activities. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Positive thinking <ul><li>Watch for negative thoughts while you observe your 'stream of consciousness'. Normally these appear and disappear being barely noticed. Normally you will not know that they exist. Examples of common negative thoughts are: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>worries about how you appear to other people </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a preoccupation with the symptoms of stress </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>dwelling on consequences of poor performance </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>self criticism </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>feelings of inadequacy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  54. 54. Positive Thinking and Affirmation <ul><li>You may find it useful to counter negative thoughts with positive affirmations. You can use affirmations to build confidence and change negative behavior patterns into positive ones. You can base affirmations on clear, rational assessments of fact, and use them to undo the damage that negative thinking may have done to your self-confidence. </li></ul>Positive thinking
  55. 55. Examples of Affirmation <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I can do this. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I can achieve my goals. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I am completely in control of my life. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I learn from my mistakes. They increase the basis of experience on which I can draw. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I am a good valued person in my own right. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Positive thinking
  56. 56. Unplug Your Negative Thoughts <ul><li>One of the keys to overcoming depression is learning how to control your low moods and reversing them. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Replace negative feelings with Positive Feelings <ul><li>First the bad news. </li></ul><ul><li>None of us can avoid having negative feelings about our jobs sometimes </li></ul><ul><li>Now the good news. </li></ul><ul><li>You have the power to do </li></ul><ul><li>something about it. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Here Is One Example: <ul><li>Place your finger tips on your jaw points just in front of your ears. </li></ul><ul><li>As you inhale, tense your jaw muscles, bringing the upper and lower jaw together. You will feel as if you are clenching your teeth - for 5 seconds. </li></ul><ul><li>Then as you exhale, loosen the jaw muscles, release all tension. Let the lower jaw drop and relax your tongue. </li></ul>
  59. 59. <ul><li>Now, take a deep breath as you press your fingertips on the jaw. While exhaling, relax the jaw muscles almost like saying “Ah-h-h-h. </li></ul><ul><li>let your tongue relax and settle down into the base of the mouth touching your lower front teeth. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine yourself breathing out all your tensions and emotional burdens. </li></ul>
  60. 60. CONCEPTS OF MANAGING STRESS AT PERSONAL LEVEL <ul><li>1. Learn Time Management Skills, Like Prioritising, Scheduleing, Daily Planning </li></ul><ul><li>2.Physical Exercies, Which Are Non Competitve In Nature Like Swimming, Walking , Jogging, Cycling Etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation Techniques Like Musice, Meditation, Hypnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding The Social Base And Support </li></ul>
  62. 62. Relaxation <ul><li>Relaxation means a state of restful alertness, when you can distance yourself from life`s tensions and distractions and cultivate a clearer mind at your own will. </li></ul>
  63. 63. Breath And Relax! <ul><li>As soon as you feel getting uptight, say to yourself ‘Stop’ and breathe, gently and not too deeply. Let your shoulders drop. Relax your hands. Repeat this technique once or twice more. </li></ul>
  64. 64. Deep Breathing <ul><li>Anger and irritability are best handled by simply drawing a couple of breaths. </li></ul>
  65. 65. Cognitive and Behavioural strategies for relaxation and sleep patterns <ul><li>Regular patterns of sleep onset and awakening </li></ul><ul><li>Minimise disturbances (telephone) during sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘cognitive set’ to aid relaxation and sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Thought stopping techniques and reminder list </li></ul>Sex and intimacy to reduce stress <ul><li>Security, comfort, social support and commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with impotency & difficulty in achieving </li></ul><ul><li>pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Alleviating stress reactions may resolve the sexual </li></ul><ul><li>dysfunction issues </li></ul><ul><li>Stress inhibits satisfactory sexual response </li></ul>
  66. 66. <ul><li>The events and problems will seem more manageable when you are feeling relaxed, strong and vigorous. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of us waste enormous amounts of energy by strongly reacting to even the most minor delays. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Some Ways to Help You Keep Cool <ul><li>Meditate </li></ul><ul><li>By meditating, you focus on breathing and saying a relaxation evoking word with each exhalation, thereby driving cynical thoughts from your mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation greatly decreases physiological tension and stress. </li></ul>
  68. 68. Care For A Pet <ul><li>Pets provide unquestioning devotion. </li></ul><ul><li>Because pets are of simpler intelligence and emotional constitution than us, the rational part of our brain finds it easier to know that they do not act out of the ulterior, selfish motives we so often see behind the behavior of humans. </li></ul>
  69. 69. Increase Your Empathy <ul><li>By being able to see a situation through another person`s eyes, you will often find yourself capable of short-circuiting cynical beliefs before they generate the anger that is harmful to your health. </li></ul>
  70. 70. Be Tolerant <ul><li>All you have to do to practice tolerance is accept other people as they are, not as you would like them to be. </li></ul><ul><li>By doing so, colleagues or loved ones will be more likely to listen and hear you out rather than start another argument. </li></ul>
  71. 71. Forgive <ul><li>A close family member hurts you in a very wrongful manner. </li></ul><ul><li>The event is in the past, yet you relive it in your thoughts, still feel the hurt, the heartache. </li></ul><ul><li>At such times you can release your anger by making the choice of forgiving the person who wronged you. </li></ul>
  72. 72. Have Confidence <ul><li>A confidant can give you practical support. </li></ul><ul><li>A confidant has substantial benefits as well. </li></ul><ul><li>High self-esteem is health enhancing, and intimate friendship help us feel good about ourselves, hence decreasing the average level of hostility and anger in our daily lives. </li></ul>
  73. 73. FEAR AND AWE <ul><li>This is seen typically in relationships with an unequal distribution of power. </li></ul><ul><li>Two kinds of situations can develop: </li></ul><ul><li>Mum Effect </li></ul><ul><li>Rude speech </li></ul>
  74. 74. <ul><li>Fear and awe can be tackled by asking- </li></ul><ul><li>“what is the worst that can happen to me, if I speak out?” </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li></ul><ul><li>“What do I stand to gain by being frank?” </li></ul>
  75. 75. Take a Brisk Walk <ul><li>Exercise will burn off the excess adrenaline that fuels your feelings of anxiety. </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise releases endorphins, a potent group of natural chemicals in the body that may block anxiety and depression. </li></ul>
  76. 76. Imagine yourself coping <ul><li>Close your eyes and visualise yourself in an uncomfortable situation </li></ul>
  77. 77. Listen to the Wind Chime <ul><li>There is nothing quite like the sound of wind on chimes when stress gets to a high pitch </li></ul>
  78. 78. Mum Effect <ul><li>The junior may fear a negative response to frank feedback. This will lead to inhibited communication. </li></ul>
  79. 79. Jealousy and Envy <ul><li>These tendencies emerge almost spontaneously when one`s hidden insecurities are challenged. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, a friendly chat involving praise of someone`s achievements may draw forth barbs of resentment from the insecure person. </li></ul><ul><li>Other such traits include impatience and a low threshold of tolerance. </li></ul>
  80. 80. Rude Speech <ul><li>The person vested with greater power may grant herself greater latitude in frankness, sometimes leading to rude or tactless speech. </li></ul>
  81. 81. <ul><li>Learn to de-link personal emotions from the demand of the situation </li></ul>Tackling the Run-Away Feelings
  82. 82. Visualizing <ul><li>Visualizing a favorite symbol of stability, such as a mountain, the see or a giant tree also helps. </li></ul>
  83. 83. If you cannot say it, write it. <ul><li>If you are so upset that you might not be able to speak coherently, write a letter to the person who has angered you. You may wisely decide not to mail the letter, but you will have emptied your anger. </li></ul>
  84. 84. Arrest Anxiety <ul><li>Another emotion, one usually generated by inner rather than outer demons is anxiety. </li></ul><ul><li>You may be experiencing performance anxiety. </li></ul><ul><li>Others include social anxiety (shyness), information anxiety (the fear of looking dumb), and panic, which have come of anxiety’s most intense symptoms. </li></ul>
  85. 85. Religious And Spiritual <ul><li>Becoming an active participant in a religious or spiritual community can be a very effective means of helping yourself to achieve a more philosophical outlook. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that you have 90% control over the kind of life you lead. </li></ul><ul><li>Don`t let your initial anger or cynical reactions prevent you from moving on to a more positive focus. </li></ul>
  86. 86. Other things that help are <ul><li>Maintaining a journal </li></ul><ul><li>Healing and energizing practices </li></ul><ul><li>A strong desire to maintain mastery over one`s emotions and feelings </li></ul>
  87. 87. <ul><li>HUMOR AND LAUGHTER </li></ul>
  88. 88. Humour At Workplace <ul><li>Mixing business and pleasure has always been regarded unproductive and unprofessional. </li></ul><ul><li>Humour at workplace enhances </li></ul><ul><li>- Positive Communication </li></ul><ul><li>- Interpersonal Relations </li></ul><ul><li>- Stress Reduction </li></ul><ul><li>- Work Satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>- Team Building and Effective Leadership </li></ul>
  89. 89. <ul><li>Lot of employees complain about their workplace atmosphere as being impersonal, insensitive and too serious creating stress, work dissatisfaction and negative attitude. </li></ul><ul><li>Many workplaces are not health conscious for both the physical and the mental well-being of their employees causing extreme work stress and poor morale, internal disharmony and poor productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a need to transform workplaces into fun, stimulating and satisfactory places for all employees. This will make employees happier, improve their performance and attitude beyond expectations. </li></ul>
  90. 90. <ul><li>Humour or Laughter, is the best medicine, proven by both the medical and the psychological professions in helping and healing the body and the mind. </li></ul><ul><li>The major healing power comes in the changes of the person’s biochemistry in the brain. </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter activates endorphins which de-stress and heal the body and mind. </li></ul><ul><li>If laughter heals the unhealthy individuals, it also does the same for the unwell organisation </li></ul>
  91. 91. <ul><li>If I had no sense of humour, I should long ago have committed suicide </li></ul><ul><li>- M K Gandhi </li></ul><ul><li>It is my belief, you can’t deal with the most serious things in the world unless you understand the most amusing </li></ul><ul><li>- Sir Winston Churchill </li></ul><ul><li>There are three things which are real : God, Human Folly, and Laughter. </li></ul><ul><li>- John F Kennedy </li></ul><ul><li>Humour is the shortest distance between two people. </li></ul><ul><li>- Victor Borg </li></ul>
  92. 92. Value of Humour <ul><li>Organisations must be willing to make a shift and transform the organisation culture into a lighter and brighter one. Both the organisation and employees will benefit in the following ways. </li></ul><ul><li>A lighter work atmosphere - the sound of laughter helps to diffuse a heavily stressful environment, while enhancing a relaxed mood. </li></ul><ul><li>Friendly atmosphere - social bonding at the workplace increases team spirit and brings people together in trust and respect. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive work attitude - humour generates fun and happy work energy to overcome fatigue and stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased work energy - laughter helps to make working fun and satisfying. </li></ul>
  93. 93. <ul><li>Fewer work errors and higher quality control - humour motivates work performance and product quality control. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced staff turnover and medical leave - high staff turnover and sick leave are related to work distress and personal dissatisfaction. Humour heals workplace tensions of all kinds. </li></ul><ul><li>Easier work relations - laughing it off is a good strategy for dealing with difficult people. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced communication at all levels - people become more approachable, personable, communicable and loveable. </li></ul>
  94. 94. Appropriate Humour <ul><li>Laughter in the workplace should be sensitively and appropriately enjoyed. Inappropriate humour may do more harm than good. </li></ul><ul><li>Humour Should Be </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate to the situation and people - who, where and what you laugh about should be relevant and entertaining. </li></ul><ul><li>Tastefully and sensitively done - avoid sexual, racial and cultural remarks </li></ul><ul><li>Timely for the appropriate occasion - it must be relevant and applicable to the situation. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, humour is a natural emotional expression in life. It is healthy for the physical, emotional and spiritual enjoyment. </li></ul>
  95. 95. <ul><li>The Humour caused at the proper time can help break the ‘Panic Cycle’ that so often accelerates the patient’s illness or state of mind. Laughter can broaden the focus and diffuse the intensity of negative thoughts, thereby aiding the patient’s ability to gain controls. </li></ul>
  96. 96. <ul><li>‘ Work smart and have fun’ </li></ul><ul><li>now replaces the traditional </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Work hard’ </li></ul><ul><li>paradigm with good reason. </li></ul>
  97. 97. Let Them Laugh <ul><li>If your employees don’t have mirth on their minds, it’s time to send in the clowns. </li></ul>
  98. 98. Laugh <ul><li>Anger and humor cannot be in the same mind at the same time. </li></ul><ul><li>By actually seeing the humor in a bad situation and laughing at yourself, you will force anger and the physiological effects that go with it, away from your brain and body. </li></ul>
  99. 99. <ul><li>Benefits of Laughter </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter is a medicine and one way of meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter can be as an individual or in group </li></ul><ul><li>It is today’s mantra for better health </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter is a universal language that knows no boundaries, has no gender bias, does not recognise caste, creed and or colour. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a common link between people </li></ul><ul><li>It has the potential to unite all human beings </li></ul>
  100. 100. <ul><li>Laughing helps to control many diseases viz.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blood pressure / Heart ailments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peptic ulcers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allergic disorders / Asthma and Bronchitis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insomnia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nervous breakdown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cancer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent Bacterial infections in the respiratory tract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps in maintaining mental health. It cools down the mind and brings mental stability </li></ul></ul>
  101. 101. <ul><ul><li>- Exercise the facial muscles, the tongue and throat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Helps in healthy functioning of thyroid gland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- It reduces the frequency or coughs, colds, throat and chest infections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- It controls migraine, headaches, and pains associated with arthritis and backache </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It is the easiest type of meditation which brings instant relaxation </li></ul><ul><li>it helps reduce inhibitions, increases, self confidence and develops leadership qualities </li></ul><ul><li>It improve inter-personal relationships and hence performance. </li></ul><ul><li>It increases body resistance by stimulating body’s immune system. </li></ul>
  102. 102. Laughter Clubs <ul><li>The ever growing popularity of the laughter club movement is an indication of the importance of laughter in today’s stress-ridden world. The members of various laughter clubs have become close-knit ‘Laughing Family’. </li></ul>
  103. 103. Laughter Therapy <ul><li>Each laughter therapy session starts with deep breathing and ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’ exercise followed by a variety of stimulated laughter like - hearty laughter, silent laughter, cocktail laughter, arm swinging laughter, one meter laughter and many others much as Lion laughter, Dancing laughter </li></ul><ul><li>Laugh in a group everyday for 15 - 20 minutes without the help of jokes in a perfect combination of deep breathing, stretching and stimulating laughter. </li></ul><ul><li>Lion Laughter, derived from a yogic posture, (Lion Posture). In the lion posture, the tongue is fully extruded by opening the mouth wide open and the hands posed like the paws of a lion. The person then roars like a lion. In Dancing Laughter, people dance in the funniest ways and laugh. This is intended to remove inhibitions. </li></ul>
  104. 104. You’ve Got to Laugh <ul><li>It’s no joke: Humour in the workplace boosts teamwork, morale, and productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>Tenet of workplace humour is to take your responsibilities seriously, but yourself lightly. </li></ul>
  105. 105. Laughter at the Corporate Level……. <ul><li>Kodak created a humour room at its US facilities. The room contains : </li></ul><ul><li>- A library of joke books, cartoons, videotapes, </li></ul><ul><li>and audio tapes. </li></ul><ul><li>- A toy store which stocks stress reducing gadgets </li></ul><ul><li>such as a Saddam Hussein punching bag. </li></ul><ul><li>At Sun Microsystems, people are proud to be part of a company that encourages them to have a sense of humour. They work hard but they also play hard. </li></ul>