Burnout is an issue that our culture has dealt with for some time. Laughter is a powerful tool and humor is stress relief for burned out people!
There are many varying strategies on how to deal with burnout. In fact, the bible even gives some insight into how burnout has been around for a while.The Old Testament gives some great advice on how to battle burnout through humor and laughter.
Job 8:21 – He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
Proverbs 14:13 – Laughter can conceal a heavy heart; when the laughter ends, the grief remains.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 – There is a time to weep and a time to laugh…
Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful disposition is good for your health…
What Does Laughter Do For Burned Out People?
Humor is a great way to relieve stress. Mark Twain once said, “The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that’s laughter. The moment it arises….. all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.”
Here is another great quote about humor and laughter.
“Laughter is like an exercise; that is why your stomach sometimes feels sore after a good belly laugh. Just as in exercise, there are two stages to laughter: the arousal phase–when the heart rate increases–and the resolution phase–when the heart rests. A person’s heart can reach up to 120 beats per minute (bpm) when laughing. Laughing can lower your blood pressure, increase vascular flow, and boost the immune system. It gives the diaphragm, abdominal….. and facial muscles a complete workout. Some people, depending on how they laugh, may even use their arm, leg, and back muscles when laughing. Laughter also releases endorphins in the brain; these are our bodies’ natural pain killers” (Wooten, Patty, RN BSN CCRN. 1995. “Laughter as Therapy for Patient and Caregiver.”)
When humor exists at work, church and school it
- Reduces Stress
- Boosts Morale
- Facilitates Change
- Improves Communication
- Relieves Boredom
- Builds Confidence
Always remember to take time to break from your work and studies to relax and recharge with fun, smiles and laughter. Here are some tips to help you along:
- LIGHTEN UP. Things can only be as serious as you want to make them.
- LET GO OF YOUR NEED FOR CONTROL. You can’t be on top of everything at all times.
- EMBRACE CHANGE. It is a constant. Work with it.
- BE SPONTANEOUS. Be willing to break from your routine.
- SMILE. It is the curve that sets everything straight.
- MAKE A FRIEND. Even the Lone Ranger had a friend.
- TAKE A NAP. It is not against the law.
- BUILD A STRONG SOCIAL NETWORK. Support from other people can produce stress relief.
Burnout does not have to take control. Laughter is a great medicine. This is a fact, humor helps burned out people! Try it out.