We could all do with a boost in mood from time to time so, this week I wanted to share with you five ways that you can naturally increase those feel-good endorphins when you are in need of a little ‘pick me up’. Everybody knows that physical touch like hugging releases feel-good endorphins but these feel-good chemicals can also be naturally added to your day in other ways aswell…
- LAUGH OUT LOUD – Everybody loves to have a giggle and a chuckle so it’s no wonder that laughter workshops are becoming increasingly popular as a form of therapy. Laughing can help to release feel-good endorphins and it can also relax the whole of your body whilst reducing any stress and tension too. According to research even the anticipation of a good giggle boosts endorphins! With reduced stress and improved immunity as added perks to having a laugh then I think it’s time to start laughing daily. Why not book to go to a comedy show with a friend, try out a session of laughter yoga or even just switch on your favourite laugh out loud movie!
- MOVE YOUR BODY – We all know the importance of daily exercise but did you know that moderate intensity exercise has actually been shown to be helpful in boosting endorphins. Aim for 45 minutes, three times a week for maximum benefits.
- MEDITATE – Meditating comes with a huge variety of benefits and one of those benefits is that it releases endorphins. I love meditating and since incorporating this practice into my day to day life I have noticed a huge, positive change in me so I highly recommend it. If you’ve not tried meditation then why not give it a go if you’re looking for a way to boost your endorphins. The best part it’s completely free.
- GET CREATIVE – Have you ever got lost in the flow whilst working on a creative project? According to some studies this ‘in the zone’ feeling produces a cascade of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, as our brain waves slow allowing more original thoughts to pop up in our mind. So start getting creative again with your favourite creative hobby.
- PERFORM A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS – It’s always nice to bring some kindness to somebody else’s day as even the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest impact, and it turns out that acts of kindness trigger the body to release endorphins. Although the effects aren’t permanent the positive feelings that come with it will make you want to keep on being generous and kind to others. So get out there and start spreading your kindness.
I really hope you enjoyed reading the ways in which you can naturally increase those much needed feel-good endorphins. I would love to know if you have any other suggestions to add which are relevant to this post, if you do feel free to include them in the comments below. Like always I would love for you to share your thoughts and opinions on this post too as I love hearing from you all!