Life hasn’t been a walk in the park lately. Bad news seems to be coming from all angles, and it’s leaving us feeling down.
We all know that exercise is one of the best ways to release the natural ‘happy’ chemical from our brains. Sometimes we would like to skip the gym and still feel good for the day. Here are some easy alternatives to boost your endorphins.
Skip the gym and eat some chocolate? There’s only one way to respond to this piece of advice; where do we sign up?
Eating chocolate is an excellent way to boost your mood, and we have some scientific facts to prove it. Cocoa contains substances that suppress pain and give your body an endorphin boost. Phenethylamine is the organic compound that makes your body release endorphins, and theobromine is the chemical that suppresses pain.
Put on your favorite comedy, special, or talk to your most hilarious friend. When you have a good laugh, your body releases endorphins and reduces stress hormones. You’re also likely to forget about your problems when you are laughing.
Research has proven that being touched alleviates stress and can be healing to injuries. Sex is also a calorie-burning activity that releases endorphins through a different form of exercise. Most humans are programmed to enjoy sex, so why not amp up the good times to be happy?
Take a whiff of Lavender
There’s an excellent reason spas use aromatherapy in some of their healing treatments. The lavender aroma encourages endorphins in your brain and has proven to help with anxiety and insomnia.
Add extra Hot Sauce
Spicy food may not seem like the go-to solution for an endorphin spike. Most of us feel a slightly painful burning sensation when we eat something spicy.
When our bodies are in pain, our brains react to it by releasing chemicals that reduce negative feelings. This is how our endorphins kick in when we add a little extra hot sauce or chili to our meals.