The Stress is Killing You
So how does one manage stress? A healthy diet to fight inflammation and keep our cells healthy is the start. We then go to work on reducing stress through exercise, meditation, prayer, mindfulness, and taking time off. We don’t allow ourselves to run by our emotions and our circumstances. We worry less, play more.
But I can’t control everything in life, you say. This is true. Bad things happen, demands are made, time is short, and the work must get done. We can’t control that which is outside of us, but we can control how we respond. We must take what life throws at us and do the best we can with what we have and not worry about the rest. We must learn to improvise.
Taking workshops on improvisation is one of the best ways to deal with stress. In the first place it’s a time to relax, play, and have fun. Play releases endorphins, creates new neural bridges, and activates multiple sections of the brain. Play energizes us and makes us more resilient in body and mind. Play helps the body heal and is a direct antidote to stress.
Aside from the direct physical benefits of playing at improvisation, is the mental ability to stop worry about failure, focusing on the past, and fretting about the future. Improv is a form of mindfulness that keeps one grounded in the moment, which is a proven remedy for stress.
Stress is killing us. We can fight the stress monster in many ways, but one way that ticks all boxes in Improv. It’s play, it’s about relationships, it strengthens our bodies and our minds, and prepares us for what ever the world throws at us. Play Improv – Live Longer!
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