I’m going to talk about the why laughter is so important to me and to everyone! Quite literally why is “laughter is the best medicine”.
I developed alopecia following the birth of my daughter, Aoife. I spiralled into a dark place of self pity and mourning for my old self. I can whole heartedly say if it wasn’t for my beautiful daughter I would of struggled to find a reason to smile or even laugh. I admit though, I have a habit of using humour as a mask for how I feel, for example bald jokes and jokes about “if I had hair, I’d be pulling it out”. It’s just one of those things. We all have our coping mechanisms and humour is one of mine for sure.
The thing with alopecia is that it is such an unanswered and emotive condition. It can take a massive hit to self-esteem and in a society so focussed on the way we look, yeah that’s tough.
Fortunately for me the two doofus’ above keep the laughter in my heart! And after not recieving much support from HCP’s I’ve learnt to soothe myself.
Laughter decreases stress hormones. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
There you have it! Tell those jokes and keep on laughing!