How to Lighten Up

how to lighten upAbraham’s consistent advice to us is to relax, chill out, and get happy.

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!

8. Simplify.
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. That also applies to your physical being, as well. Whether you work on your closets or your colon, it turns out that lightening up physically can do a lot for you mentally.

9. Meditate.
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 …

  • March 15, 2013
  • dianadi says:

    movement! it is not only blood / oxygen that boosts brain, it is the spinal fluid – so more you move and keep spine flexible, the better your brain!!!!

  • Stacy says:

    I love Suzie’s additions to the list! For me it is sometimes exercise, sometimes listening to funky music – those are two things that make me feel good and shift my focus away from the more serious stuff.
    My favourite on this list in No. 3. I hang out with 6 and Unders a LOT, they are so interesting and so much fun! We also recently took over a dog and she has been an awesome place to increase the flow of love and fun vibes.
    And I love hanging out with old people. LOL. Like 70s and overs, they have so many interesting stories and just need someone to tell them to 🙂
    Thanks for a great reminder to stop taking life so seriously, Jeannette. I very easily get caught up in the “busyness” of life – I definitely need to practice being more light-hearted in all that I do, and especially around No. 7: work less, enjoy more!

  • Suzie Cheel says:

    Great 9 points, I would add go for a walk in nature, have a bubble bath, call a friend, share joy. Meditation is so important for me

  • Peter says:

    I’m only just getting to grips with the importance of laughter and lightening up and mostly use thought to shake the blues.
    I tell myself it’s all a game, dude, for my benefit and then I can start to see the things around me to lighten up over, like primary school kids hurtling down flights of concrete steps when the school bell goes.
    I feel lighter already!

  • Get a massage. Or even just rub in some pretty smelling hand cream.
    Also put on loud music and dance around the room pretending to be a rock star!

  • You know what I wondered about, Nicole – the laughter scientist said laughter can’t be forced, but it made me wonder about all the laughter yoga circles who do exactly that.
    Anyone here have experience they can share one way or another?
    (Thanks for posting, Nicole!) 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    What a fabulous list! I would have to say flexing the laughter muscle is one of my favs. Laughing helps letting go and reminds you not to not take everything so seriously.
    Much love Jeanette for another awesome post!

  • Brenda, you crack me UP! Thanks for bringing the laughs, and for reminding the power of IMAGINATION to help us lighten up. So true!!

  • Brenda says:

    I’ll add that:
    * going to see a 3D movie on the big screen – especially one in which the main setting is jungle or mysterious places of nature – makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a wild adventure (I just returned home from one, so it’s fresh on my mind). 😉
    * listening to Beethoven’s symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’ in its entirety takes me away, making me feel like a child frolicking through open, sunny fields of daffodils and long grasses after a storm blows over.
    * although it’s been 25 years since my last one, just ‘thinking’ about finding myself a doobie gets me high. With the promise of silliness that only a doobie can deliver, in addition to the fact that just planning this makes me feel…just a little bit naughty…well, it all just appeals to the rebel in me. 🙂 Okay, so I keep forgetting to follow through with this plan…but it’s on my to-do list, for sure. (p.s. To assist any law-enforcement who may be reading this, I look exactly like my photo here.)

  • Janette says:

    Um… typo… no ability to edit… of course I meant ‘let’s not FORGET that breath….’
    Thanks Sophie, I love those too – especially games. Fun!

  • Sophie, I LOVE that question for helping us lighten up! That is super powerful – thanks for posting it here!

  • Sophie says:

    I would like to add:
    Play a game
    Tell a joke
    Do a silly dance
    and of course, ask:
    How does it get any better than this?

  • Janette – you’re so right about the power of breath & oxygen!
    I also love seeing you post on this subject since you know all about inducing Relief – thank you!

  • Janette says:

    LOLOL!!!! I got some of 5. from reading 6. – are they still called that? I love it!!!!!!
    And re 1. – let’s also not that breath = flood of oxygen to the brain = massive boost to creativity, release of all kinds of good brain juices, and a much happier brain = completely different experience of reality = different reality.

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