Oxytocin is the cuddle hormone which is secreted by your body when doing something you love. It helps reduce anxiety, improves social bonding and increases attachment and feelings of love. It helps you feel pleasure and happiness, and is one of the 4 feel-good chemicals secreted by the body. Oxytocin gives you that warm fuzzy feeling when you’re doing something you love, thereby making you feel better.
How oxytocin helps reduce anxiety
Oxytocin boosts your mood, makes you feel good and promotes feelings of trust and security. These help reduce anxiety and all the uncertainty that comes with it! In fact, self love and joy are excellent ways to beat anxiety! When you’re feeling anxious, receiving comfort from a loved one is a simple way to feel better. Well, oxytocin is also known as the cuddle hormone as it gets secreted when you give someone a hug or cuddle! Even gratitude helps!
Oxytocin controls a positive feedback mechanism in our brain. When oxytocin is released, it causes an action which makes us feel-good, thereby secreting more oxytocin! If you’re happy, you’ll stay happy! Moreover, it’ll push you to feel-good and overcome difficulties as well. This holds true for many things, such as gratitude and even contractions during a pregnancy.
To sum up
Oxytocin builds a sense of attachment, security and increases feelings of love. More the oxytocin, more the happiness and less sadness. Since the amygdala is what controls emotions and regulates anxiety, when there’s more happiness there’s less anxiety. Give a listen to Evolve’s guided audios and make your day a joyful one with more oxytocin. You should know of simple ways to increase oxytocin levels in your body as well.
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