26 Jul How To Boost Your ‘Feel Good’ Brain Chemistry Naturally
Our brains are constantly producing chemicals that boost positive feelings. It may surprise you to find that it’s not actually the substance that we’re consuming or the activity that we’re doing that is addictive, but the affect that they’re having on the chemicals being produced and released by our brains. You may have heard of the main chemicals (neurotransmitters) involved; dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and probably the most prominently promoted – endorphins. When these are lacking, we will tend to seek them out, often from negative sources and in large doses.
What if we could boost these ‘feel good’ chemicals naturally?
Well, we can! The following are a sample of the methods you can use today.
- Exercise – helps to boost all four chemicals. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling, similar to that of morphine. It is responsible for the “high” felt after a workout. Serotonin tends to be produced during long-term strenuous cardio exercise. Dopamine peaks during exercise but drops off afterwards. The effects of oxytocin are experienced when you take a walk outdoors.
- Sunlight – exposure to sunlight helps with the release of serotonin and oxytocin.
- Diet – eating a wide variety of fresh, unprocessed will give you a dose of mood, energy and general health boosting vitamins and minerals! Dark chocolate is notable for oxytocin, while any food that you find enjoyable will boost your endorphins.
- The great outdoors – nature has an amazing ability to heal, restore and bring a sense of calm. In particular it has a boosting effect on your oxytocin and serotonin levels. Also, breathing fresh air helps to promote happiness and well-being.
- Sleep – it is so important for numerous processes of the body, all of which have an effect on your general well-being. It is well-known that a lack of sleep results in a poor mood. To improve your quality of sleep and serotonin levels (needed for quality sleep), you need to develop a sleep routine. Turn off devices at least an hour before bed and find a way to relax and unwind – meditate, read a book.
- Meditate – slow, deep breathing stimulates oxytocin, while focusing on breathing has a positive impact on serotonin production. Meditation practice has also been shown to release the same amount of endorphins as a post running session.
- Music – listening to music that you enjoy not only helps to raise your vibration, but also stimulates the release of oxytocin and dopamine.
- Physical contact – a simple hug (or even imagining that someone you love is hugging you) releases oxytocin. Try to hold the (consensual) hug for at least 30 seconds.
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