Laughter therapy is a type of psychotherapeutic technique which improves the physical, psychological and emotional state of people through laughter thanks to its multiple benefits.
Laughter is an innate biological response that we can already feel in babies, spontaneously or by imitation. As a person becomes an adult, their ability to laugh dramatically decreases, due to multiple reasons such as daily demands, worry, stress, etc. We allow ourselves less and less space to play or have fun “for lack of time” or because “you are not old enough for that”.
By the time a person is immersed in this operating system, different pathological symptoms such as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, low self-esteem, among many other factors, often begin to appear. manifest and this is where laughter therapy can be considered. a tool to eradicate / reduce all these symptoms.
Today many people go to therapy with the need to deal with these situations, but in this article we will specifically talk about the female sex and why laughter therapy can benefit women in particular.
Laughter therapy applied to women
Women are more vulnerable to emotional disturbances due to biological or social problems; they go through many hormonal changes, have experiences such as motherhood, work-life balance, menopause, and are generally more prone to worry, stress, etc.
In consultation, we meet many women who feel that they “should” be effective in any way possible.: Be a good mother and come to terms with work, grow professionally, have a good physical appearance, please others and master many worries due to social pressures, insecurities, education received, beliefs that a person has on itself or on life, and soon.
a lot of women they demand more than they can afford, without allowing themselves to make mistakes., Constantly compare themselves, cling to the past or the future, without a space of time for themselves, and therefore neglect something extremely important, to enjoy the present, to live life.
What is a laughter therapy workshop?
The fundamental objective is connect with our inner girl through play, body expression dynamics, and laughter-evoking techniques, To put aside our demanding part, the caring part, the non-fun and repressed part.
A laughter therapy session it is done in groups and usually lasts between one and two hours; Meanwhile, relaxation and stretching techniques are applied at the same time as we exercise many muscles throughout the body.
Some benefits of laughter
Here you will find several examples of how laughter is good for our well-being.
- It helps reduce stress levels by lowering the amount of cortisol in the blood.
- It helps induce a positive mood through the secretion of endorphins (called hormones of happiness).
- Improves blood and arterial circulation, improving the proper functioning of the heart.
- Improves the immune system, prevents disease and helps in healing.
- It generates positive thoughts, due to the incompatibility of laughing and thinking negatively at the same time.
- Improves interpersonal relationships, promoting the creation of bonds and friendships.
- Helps manage hormonal changes, alleviating associated symptoms.
- The exercise is practiced because laughing about 100 times is equivalent to 10 min of aerobic exercise.
Reasons why laughter therapy empowers women
Here are some of the ways that laughter therapy it brings autonomy and empowerment to women.
On the one hand, it allows you to get in touch with your most authentic piece, His inner daughter, to allow him to laugh, play, sing, dance … In this way tensions and worries are released.
Additionally, it helps heal self-esteem by overcoming fears such as fear of meeting new people, making fun of yourself, or being yourself, thereby improving your self-image (the image you you have to yourself). In the process, it improves social and communication skills.
Laugh too helps induce a positive mood, Thus improving the course of emotional disorders, depressive and anxiety. By decreasing the side effects of stress, the creative capacity improves, allowing more effective solutions to everyday conflicts.
On the other hand, thanks to laughter therapy good humor and optimism are formed, And you learn to relativize and take another perspective on life.
finally through the therapeutic group, emotional bonds are generated, Feeling that she is not alone and that many women find themselves in similar situations.
Choosing laughter therapy as a therapeutic tool is giving change a chance, To open the doors to optimism, positivity, pleasure. It is the path to happiness and longevity, without forgetting that happiness is not the absence of problems; we have no control over changing what happens to us but rather over the perspective and attitude we face towards them.
Author: Alba Cabello Rodríguez, psychologist, responsible for the Coaching, NLP and emotional intelligence area of Psicotools.