So many people are under tremendous amounts of stress these days. Long work hours combined with balancing home and family life are causing hectic lifestyles. Unfortunately many are turning to chemical substances like alcohol, caffeine, and even recreational drugs to help ease the numbing stress and pressures of modern life. But these substances can be destructive. For instance, too much caffeine can cause insomnia, robbing your body of much needed rest. And alcohol is a depressant, but many people turn to it during periods of stress. Fortunately, a healthy body can make it’s own “feel good” substances called endorphins, that are both protective and health-promoting.
Endorphins are natural hormones released in the body that can promote healing, strengthen the immune system and produce wonderful feelings of well-being. So how can we encourage the production of these special hormones? It is a fact that the good feelings that come from exercise have to do with an increase in endorphins. Exercise is one of the most effective cures for the blues.
Besides working out other ways to raise endorphins include:
- Getting enough sleep
- Being loving and kind to others
- Learning to say “no”
- Seeking some solitude every day
- Avoid procrastinating, planning your days
You may be surprised by this list. But it’s true, endorphin production is affected by all of these things. Happiness and feeling good is an inside job. Having a positive mental attitude will help boost the production of endorphins in the brain even more. The stresses of everyday life can be challenging. It’s important to take time to count your blessings. It may not always seem like it, but we all have much to be thankful for. Give your life an emotional boost by starting to pay attention to what is good in your life rather than being overwhelmed by troubles.
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Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?