How to Lighten Up
They tell us to find more reasons to laugh and not to take life, ourselves or this manifesting stuff too seriously.
Sometimes that can seem easier said than done.
For those challenging moments, here’s a short but effective tip list on how to lighten up. Use when you find yourself getting too serious or making life too hard:
1. Take a deep breath.
Teal Scott says when we breathe in, our higher self fills us up with its focused energy. I once heard that it’s through the breath that our angels speak to us. However you think about it, breathing fully reconnects us with the energy that strengthens our alignment and reconnects us with inner/higher wisdom.
2. Remember the big picture.
Sometimes we’re so mired in a red hot moment of contrast that we lose sight of the big picture. Ask whether whatever you’re uptight about will matter 10 years from now. Or simply remind yourself what really matters (whatever your personal answer is). Just redirecting your attention this way can help relieve angst.
3. Hang out with lighthearted folks.
Young children and animals are great mentors for taking things lightly! (It takes a lot of years of training to get as serious as some of us adults are.) Make a point of connecting regularly with someone who’s already dialed in on genuine fun and good times.
4. Let go of what’s not working.
Instead of struggling to make something happen or change the unchangeable, release whatever feels like effort, conflict or an uphill battle. Remember: it doesn’t matter what you do; it matters how you feel. The world is responding to your vibration, not your action. Let go when things aren’t working.
5. Flex your laughter muscle
How often do you laugh? The average adult laughs 20 times a day (compared to 300 times for babies). This laughter scientist found that laughing is truly contagious (it actually shut down a school), so it’s easy to amp up the giggles by pushing play on your favorite laugh-inducing photos and videos.
6. Engage a medical mood lifter.
When I asked Good Vibe U members their tips for how to lighten up, Stephen reminded us of this reliable move: ingest your favorite pleasure cocktail – whether chocolate, chamomile, valerian, a vitamin B shot, a glass of wine or a cold beer – doobies count, too, right? (Are they still called that?) At any rate, chemical elements can help when nothing else does!
7. Prioritize enjoyment.
Work less, enjoy more. It’s hard to lighten up when the majority of your time is invested in joy-killing activities. Instead of glorifying productivity and accomplishment, make a to-do list that’s centered around what you love most in life – then honor it!
Lightening up your physical environment is a sneaky way to improve how you feel emotionally. It’s been said that you can’t change your home without changing your life and vice versa. Coach Jacqui Gates is the literal pro on this one, where she teaches clients to make changes to their home as a way to get happy in life. But whether you work on your closets or your colon, it turns out that lightening up physically can do a lot for you mentally.
I don’t practice this one regularly myself, but from what I understand, meditation helps with virtually anything gone sideways. So it seemed like it should be on the list.
What are your tips for lightening up? We’d love to hear what works for you in the comments …