9 Ways of Increasing Endorphins In Your Brain
Endorphins are classified as brain cells that can boost our overall mood. They may also produce a feeling of euphoria and are similar to some powerful drugs. Here are some good ways to trigger endorphins which help us feel happy and content.
1. LAUGHING IS A FREE MEDICINE
The best way to release endorphins is to laugh. It has been proven that laughter boosts your immune system, reduces stress and the most important part, releases endorphins. As we get older we tend to laugh much less which is a problem these days, work ethics and daily obligations tend to make us forget to have a good laugh and relax. It’s time that us adults help in making that statistic better.
2. HAVE INTIMATE RELATIONS
Intimacy such as touching, massaging or intercourse help us in stress release and releasing endorphins. Such intimate moments are not only essential to close and loving relationships, but to our general health and wellbeing. Not to mention that those kinds of moments stimulate the biggest amount of “feel good” endorphins in the brain.
3. HAVE GROUP WORKOUTS
Exercising solo is totally fine but recent studies have shown that those ones who exercise in groups have a little extra endorphin boosts. Regardless of your performance having people around you is something that is always pleasing. The release of endorphins happens with or without a group but if you’re still indecisive about group jogging, aerobics or cycling, think again and try it!
4. EAT SOMETHING SPICY
The hot, spicy taste of foods is not, in fact, a taste sensation but a feeling of pain. It is due to the release of endorphins and the pain produced by spicy food is something that assists in the killing bacteria while giving our immune system a boost. Don’t overdo on the spicy food, it may release endorphins but you don’t wanna have watering eyes and a runny nose.
5. LISTEN TO MUSIC
Music has a special way of improving our mood. Playing our favorite music always relaxes us and helps us feel better because of the instant release of endorphins. We connect with the music that matches our preferences so it has a better impact on our life. Those feel-good brain chemicals can be addictive.
6. SWALLOW SOME GINSENG
Recently, ginseng has been a part of many medical and scientific studies. People who don’t have much energy or are under constant stress have only good words for ginseng. It has been shown that ginseng increases endurance and supports various organs. Some studies say that ginseng also helps in cognitive performance and in the stimulation of the cardiovascular system.
7. SNIFF SOME LAVENDER OR VANILLA
Aromatherapy also has it’s advantages. Some aromas have been proven of helping people get in a better mood by releasing endorphins. In one particular study, patients who had to undergo MRI’s inhaled vanilla and the results showed their reduction in anxiety by 65%.
8. EAT SOME CHOCOLATE
The best way to have an excuse for eating chocolate is that chocolate is actually health beneficial. By lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and promoting heart health chocolate also has a part in the release of endorphins. The amount of chocolate doesn’t need to be big, about one or two small squares a day.
Meditation triggers the hypothalamus; stimulating the pituitary gland to release endorphins, promoting relaxation, self-healing and overall wellbeing. Meditation brings peace and harmony to your spirit and has a positive interaction with your brain.