If you have ever read any of our ‘benefits of working out’ types of pieces, then it’s fair to assume that you have probably seen the word endorphins a million time before! Endorphins are the feel-good hormones that your body releases which can cause brief but beneficial feelings of euphoria, lightening your stress, and improving your mood in mere minutes. Along with the obvious exercise, though, there are other more random and interesting ways to achieve a release. Here are ten natural ways to promote endorphin release.
Did you know that the scent of vanilla can help to release endorphins and reduce feelings of anxiety? The sweet fragrance has a calming effect on the body, so it can help to fill your home with things like scented candles and air sprays that will encourage the endorphins to come.
Ingest some ginseng. This can be done most pleasantly and easily by infusing it in some kind of tea. Not only does it release endorphins, but it can also help to regulate sugar levels and ward off diabetes.
3. Group Exercise
If you are someone who can’t get motivated to work out on your own, then take the decision to join a group class. The comradery and slight competitiveness that it evokes is a great way to keep you going.
Try to seek out as much fun and laughter in your life as you can every day. Children laugh around 300 times a day and have much more energy and enthusiasm than adults. Try to recapture some of that childish spirit.
Sex is effectively exercise, but it is the kind of exercise that is so fun, you forget you are doing good things for your physical health at the same time!
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains something called theobromine that can trigger your body’s pleasure response and release feel-good hormones as you digest. A square or two of dark chocolate as a treat is a great way to promote endorphins.
Listening to a song that you really love has the power to release heaps of feel-good chemicals in your brain. Music has been shown to be able to reduce the symptoms of anxiety by up to 65 percent.
8. Spicy Food
The body’s reaction to counteracting feelings of extreme heat and spice is to release endorphins to take away the ‘pain’, so when you have eat super hot food, you will get a pleasant rush along with it!
Make yourself feel really good by devoting some of your time to others in need. The feeling of being selfless and helpful can release feel-good hormones.
You have probably heard about the ‘runner’s high’ before, the state of euphoria that joggers feel after they have pushed their body to the limits in terms of speed and distance. Try it out for yourself, it can get really addictive!