Endorphins are hormones that are secreted by your body to mask pain and increase happiness. Part of the feel-good hormones that are also called the “pain killers” as they reduce stress, emotional pain and boosts your mood. In fact, they are one of the 4 feel-good chemicals secreted by the body when you are happy. It gives you a high after you do something physically and mentally joyful. Whenever you are tense and do something you enjoy, endorphins are released into your body to mask your discomfort and reduce stress. This is why you feel great after stretching or why exercise can help reduce stress and avoid burnout.
How to increase endorphins in your body?
In everyday activities
Endorphin levels in your body can be increased with a variety of simple activities. Watching a funny movie or video when you’re sad, meditation, exercise, sex, spending time with a loved one, all of it can help. These activities help you feel good, bring a lot of joy and happiness. As a result, you reduce pain, reduce stress and feel positivity! Anything relaxing and enjoyable to you will make you feel happy and balanced.
Endorphins help your brain balance, reduce stress, boost your mood and self-esteem! It helps you be productive and with an increase in dopamine levels, endorphins increase too!
Endorphins and food
Another simple way to increase endorphins in your body is the food you eat! When you eat comfort food or rich food, you derive pleasure and happiness from it. Indulging in food when you’re sad is a way of showing yourself some love and a direct impact of stress too! The relief or high you get when you eat chocolate or spicy food, comes from endorphins. You get a sugar high or a rush of blood due to these endorphins and enjoy less stress. By incorporating small amounts of dark chocolates, chilies, fried food, cheese, nuts and fruits, you can boost endorphins levels and reduce stress!
Endorphins, just like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, improve your mood, make you feel happy and can reduce stress and unhappiness. By doing things that are good for your body and mind, and bring you joy, your endorphin levels will increase. Just ensure they are healthy! Use the Evolve app and listen to our joyful guided audios, such as mindful walking!
Evolve helps you balance and grow in a joyful manner with a variety of guided audios and journeys designed to keep you grounded and become a better version of yourself. The app is now live globally on Android & Apple, click here to download.