Whilst coronavirus lockdown restrictions are expected to begin lifting soon, there’s still a long way to go before things feel ‘normal’ again.
The pandemic has meant that an increased number of people have been struggling with their mental health. According to a survey by the Office for National statistics, almost 20% of people met the criteria for depression, based on their responses, in June 2020 compared with just under 10% between July 2019 and March 2020.
With this in mind, it’s important to remain optimistic, healthy, and focused as the end of lockdown nears.
Tess Sanderson, owner of In The Laughter Locker – Find Your Happy, holds virtual laughter yoga sessions to spread positivity whilst encouraging activity.
She said: “If you laugh you will trigger the endorphins in your brain, and you will instantly start to feel better.
“Even five minutes of exercise a day will make a difference to your health and wellbeing.”
Tess’ laughter yoga has proved a hit with many of her viewers, one being Tim Atkinson, a Boston-based writer. He said: “I have suffered with chronic psoriatic arthritis for 20 years and I do have pain as a result of that.
“I’d never heard of laughter yoga before, you do feel a tiny bit ridiculous at first, but Tess is so inspirational, and her laugh is so infectious. It really does help with my pain and it improves my mood.”
If laughter yoga is something that you feel like giving a try, check out Tess’ page here where you can access her previous sessions.