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Laugh Your Way to Effective Work: Tips for Productivity and Stress Reduction



Laugh Your Way to Effective Work: Tips for Productivity and Stress Reduction


Introduction:

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, finding effective ways to work while maintaining our sanity can be a challenge. However, as a Laughter Yoga Master Trainer and laughter ambassador I bring a unique approach to the table —incorporating play, improvisation, mindfulness, psychology, and laughter exercises to boost productivity and reduce stress in the workplace. In this blog post, we'll explore some of my tips and Laughter Yoga exercises that can make your work day more effective and enjoyable.


Laughter Yoga Tips:


We spend the majority of our day at work, yet many people are miserable at work and then they claim, “I didn’t come here to make friends.” I think that’s an excuse we make when we feel excluded from the clique, out of our comfort zone, or when connections seem hard to make. I’m not saying we’re off on holidays together, and naming our children after each other…I am saying that there is power in play and laughter and it promotes a positive work environment. 


The serious-minded will recoil at the idea of play and laughter at work, yet these behaviours lead to improved communication, productivity and performance. When the environment is more friendly, we can more easily make work friends with colleagues (even those from completely different cultural backgrounds to us). Wouldn’t you enjoy working with a team that supports you, helps you to deliver to your customers, management and any other stakeholders? Imagine a team where you don’t have to watch your back. Consider this: you actually did make a mistake but your team rallied round to support you. Forget about the humiliation of blame and shame. These colleagues don’t waste their time in such low-level activities, instead they help you to solve the situation. Ever been thrown under the bus and had the grace and dignity not to immediately retaliate? What if the team never considered throwing you under the bus and instead climbed into it so they could arrive en masse to bring numbers to the problem and get it sorted expeditiously? Would you like a workflow that made sense and when there’s a bottleneck, colleagues worked all angles to get things going again? Since you feel a sense of reciprocity through this kind of give and take, wouldn’t you be willing to help just as you were helped? 


Here are five tips inspired by laughter philosophy:


  1. Morning Laughter Routine:  Start your day with a hearty laugh. Gather your colleagues for a quick laughter session to set a positive tone for the day.

  2. Desk Laughter Breaks:  Incorporate short laughter breaks into your work routine. A few minutes of laughter can refresh your mind and increase focus.

  3. Team Laughter Meetings:  Spice up your team meetings with laughter exercises. It not only fosters a sense of camaraderie but also enhances creativity.

  4. Laughter Affirmations:  Replace traditional affirmations with laughter affirmations. Repeat positive and playful statements to uplift your spirits.

  5. Laughter Meditation:  End your workday with a laughter meditation session. Relax your mind and body through guided laughter exercises.

Effective Work Strategies:

Working effectively doesn't mean burning yourself out. Here are some practical tips to enhance your productivity without compromising your well-being:


  • Organisational Tools: Experiment with various tools such as to-do lists, calendars, and planners to discover what works best for you. Customising your organisational approach ensures sustainable productivity.

  • Short To-Do Lists: Keep your to-do list short and focused on the most critical tasks. This prevents feeling overwhelmed and allows for better concentration.

  • Create a Routine: Establishing a daily routine helps manage time effectively. Identify your most productive hours and allocate them to tasks that require intense focus.

  • Clear Communication: Avoid misunderstandings by communicating clearly with colleagues. Clarity reduces delays and ensures everyone is on the same page.

  • Task Scheduling: Schedule tasks based on your energy levels and focus. Allocate time for challenging tasks during your peak productivity hours.


Additional Laughter Yoga Exercises for Work:

To incorporate laughter into your work routine, here are ten Laughter Yoga exercises:


1. Laughter Clap: 

Combine laughter with rhythmic clapping to energise your body: ho ho, ha ha ha.


2. Silent Laughter: 

Laugh without making any sound, focusing on the act of laughter itself.


3. Laughter Meditation: 

Engage in deep belly laughter, gradually transitioning into a meditative state.


4. Cell Phone Laughter:

 Mimic talking on the phone and burst into laughter, imagining humorous conversations.


5. Laughter Mirror:

Laugh while looking at yourself in the mirror, embracing the joy in your reflection.


6. Laughter Breathing: 

Combine deep breaths with laughter to enhance relaxation.


7. Laughter Walk: 

Laugh while taking a brisk walk, incorporating movement into your laughter routine.


8. Laughter Visualisation:

 Picture a joyous scene and let laughter naturally flow from the imagery.


9. Laughter Counting: 

Laugh while counting, turning a mundane task into a delightful experience.


10. Laughter Affirmations:

Repeat positive statements while laughing, reinforcing a cheerful mindset.


Conclusion:

Working effectively involves finding a balance between productivity and personal well-being. People condemn play as goofing off, yet, if we had more play at work, we’d be more energised, focused and have greater clarity to solve problems. We experience a tremendous amount of stress in our personal lives and at work. Unless we have an effective way to let go of that stress, it gathers in our minds and bodies and can lead to severe illness. My hope is that more workplaces around the world will choose play and laughter not just to boost efficiency but to boost well-being and morale. It’s people who make a company successful. If you want to grow your business, you have to get serious about the play and laughter of teams who will connect and help each other through the shared connection. I hope my Laughter Yoga tips provided a unique perspective on integrating joy into the workplace. Experiment with these laughter exercises and incorporate effective work strategies to enhance your overall work experience. After all, a workplace filled with laughter is a workplace where productivity and positivity go hand in hand. If you want to try this as a team-builder, as part of your corporate well-being programme, I am very happy to come to your team and show you the wonder of play and laughter to boost your way to effective work! Email tove@tovekane.com

  


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