Hacking into Your Happy Chemicals: Endorphins, Explained
For years, we’ve heard about the body releasing endorphins and we know it’s a good thing, but do we know how it works and better yet, how to maximize it? The truth is, endorphins are actually one of the many wonders of the human body that we should tap into much more frequently to achieve a better well-being. I mean, why not take advantage of that?
What Are Endorphins?
Endorphins are a group of compounds known as neurotransmitters. Basically, they are chemical messengers that send signals throughout the body along the central nervous system.
When activated, these neurotransmitters tell your body to reduce the feeling of pain and help increase good, happy feelings. Have you ever experienced a runner’s high? That euphoric feeling you get after a run? Well, those are your endorphins at work, your bodies’ own natural narcotic.
So, let’s dive in and see the different ways we can tap into our endorphins!
Have you ever woken up tired, stressed, or even just flat out in a bad mood? Take a moment to stretch it out…it really works!
As you stretch, your body naturally releases endorphins that can quickly increase your mood. Stretching is the ideal exercise; you don’t need any equipment and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. When you stretch, these feel-good neurotransmitters act as sedatives, and reduce the perception of pain.
During a massage, large amounts of endorphins are released into our bloodstream. This is when the feeling of relaxation and well-being sets in. For those of us who suffer from conditions such as pain, anxiety, or depression, receiving massage therapy on a consistent basis inhibits the release of endorphins and enhances your physical and mental health.
Other Ways to Trigger Endorphins
There are plenty of other ways to get your body to produce endorphins, most of which can become extremely enjoyable additions to your everyday routine. Here are some additional endorphin-releasing activities to support your physical, mental, and emotional health:
-Laugh a little—take some time to watch funny videos or hang with your most entertaining friends
-Eat some dark chocolate, it’s loaded with antioxidants
-Listen to some of your favorite music (trust us, it helps!)
– Team REME