Grin and Bare It

Getting through tough times may feel easier in the buff.  Most of us like to feel like we’re in in control of our lives.  Recently, we’ve been asked to relinquish some of that control for the health of others.  The Shelter in Place order has certainly left people feeling frustrated and uncertain about the future.  You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to get through this?”

One way to perk yourself up during these trying times is by putting on a smile and taking off your clothes!  Facial expressions do, scientifically, have a small effect on feelings.  Smiling can actually trick you into feeling happier.  If you’ve tried Laughter Yoga, you’ve experienced the full effect of this!  Shedding your clothing and exposing your skin, your body’s largest organ, to natural sunlight also has positive effects on your immune system.  When your body synthesizes vitamin D from sun exposure, your immune system gets the boost it needs to keep you healthy.

While its important to talk to people you can trust, get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet, wash your hands and practice social distancing to stay safe and healthy, it couldn’t hurt to grin and bare it a little more.   Gaining a little more control over your mood and your health should make you feel better and help you get through the rest of this uncertain time.

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