Those Crazy Online Memes Keep Us Sane
Good news! All the hours you've wasted mindlessly scrolling Instagram laughing at cute, silly and chaotic memes over the past 20 months have actually benefited your wellbeing.
A recent study published by the American Psychological Association has found that memes have helped Americans cope with stress during the pandemic, noting that respondents who looked at memes felt "calmer" and more "content." Interestingly, those who viewed memes about the epidemic, in particular, were more confident in their ability to deal with the global health crisis.
The study surveyed 748 people who were shown popular memes from sites like Imgur and IMGflip that featured animals and humans, while a control group was shown other media. Some individuals in the meme-viewing group were given images with COVID-19-related captions instead of that same image's original caption. Participants were then asked to rate how cute and funny they found the meme and to report their anxiety levels and any positive feelings, like calmness or cheerfulness. They were also asked questions related to the pandemic, i.e. how stressed they were about the virus, how confident they felt in their ability to cope with the pandemic and how the memes caused them to think about other information they knew about COVID-19. The study found those who viewed the memes reported more positive emotions.
Lead author Jessica Gall Myrick, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, told The Washington Post that people have been using memes as a gateway to talk about the pandemic and connect with people they've not been able to see in person.
"Because we're isolated, when you see a meme about COVID and it reflects something about our experience, it's really powerful because you don't get to have as much interpersonal interaction with people. There's something about it that helps us relate to other people."
While the study's sample size is small, and Myrick even admitted additional research is needed to more clearly understand how media use may lower stress levels, as The Washington Post notes, the new study is a "notable bright spot" amidst all of the constant bad news we're used to hearing about the internet and social media. Doomscrolling is rotting our brains and Facebook is giving our children destructively low self-esteem, but at least the memes are keeping us sane.
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Reset Your Energy with the Breath
Fortunately, you have a powerful reset button right within your own bio-physiology: your breath. This is your prana, or life-force energy. And you can access it 24/7.
This energy clearing meditation doesn't require you to sit in the lotus position, use a mudra (hand posture), or even close your eyes, although, all of these elements will facilitate flow and clearing. Good posture or a straight spine is, nonetheless, recommended.
All that's required is to breathe rhythmically, with comfortable, long, and deep breaths. Four to six seconds for each inhale and exhale is a good target to aim for. Try to equalize the inhales and exhales, but most importantly, maintain a breathing pattern that's comfortable for you. Simultaneously, allow your mind's eye or simply your intention to gently direct the exhalation internally to various parts of your body that need attention.
Recently, research reveals that biological systems within the body employ the breath (its pattern, composition, and other qualities) as a barometer and a rebalancing agent. For example, short shallow breathing can initiate an autonomic nervous system (ANS) stress response while a different pattern of breathing can tone the vagus nerve, shift the ANS, and encourage re-balance.
With this breathing technique, your right hemisphere becomes more dominant, allowing you to access greater creativity, intuition, and original thinking.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Use the Chakra Cleansing and Protection Crystal during any type of meditation to harmonize body energies, and to help bring a sense of peace and stability.
Enhancing Serotonin--The "Feel Good" Hormone
Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers in our body that regulate our nervous system. The neurotransmitter is famously known as one of the "happy hormones." Serotonin carries signals between different parts of the brain, which affects many functions including emotions, digestion, and appetite. To promote serotonin naturally, here are some psychologist-recommended, science-backed tips:
1. Get plenty of sunlight and vitamin D - "It is believed that sunlight and subsequently vitamin D can influence our experience of positive emotions, protect from depressed mood and anxiety, as well as promote our energy and alertness," says psychologist Sheva Assar, Ph.D.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Use the E1 Stress Relief Formula, which adjusts and balances hormonal activity in the body--a perfect companion to the above tips.
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A standard practice in Jin Shin Jiyutsu, involves simply holding one finger with the other hand. Each finger is an energetic equivalent to the major organ systems. The key is to hold each finger until a pulse is felt both in the finger and the hand holding it. Sometimes, this may be immediate, and at other times it may take upwards of 20 minutes to detect a pulse. The pulse response verifies that the energy meridians are connected and energy is flowing. You can also hold the fingernail of each finger under the pad of the thumb. A pulse will be detected in that way as well. This hack is an easy and effective way to stabilize energy flows throughout the body. -- From 25 No Cost Health & Healing Hacks by Boyd Martin)
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