Our hormones are responsible for so many of our bodily functions, and play a huge part in regulating our mood. But do you know what you can do to give them a helping hand? Here's 7 ways to promote your 'happy hormones' and boost your mood!
The 4 'happy hormones' that contribute towards our happiness are
-Serotonin - The mood stabilizer. This hormone helps with everything including your sleep, digestion, learning and healing.
-Oxytocin - The love hormone. This hormone is essential for childbirth, but also promotes feelings of trust and security. Levels increase when we feel safe, connected and physical affection.
-Dopamine - The reward chemical. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is linked to our brain's reward system and impacts how we move and feel pleasure.
-Endorphins - The natural pain reliever. Endorphins are produced when we're in discomfort or stressed, but levels also increase with activities such as exercise, laughter and eating.
Here are 7 of our favourite ways to get these feel-good hormones flowing:
Make time to go for a run, hit the gym or play 5 a side - anything that gets your heart rate up and you enjoy. Exercise isn't just important for our physical well-being, it's also crucial for our mental health. Regular exercise boosts our levels of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin making it a great way to lift your mood!
2. Enjoy the great outdoors
Spending time outdoors and getting sun exposure is a great way to boost endorphins and serotonin. Throw in a little exercise by walking or make it sociable with a friend to boost those 'happy hormones' even more!
3. Cook and enjoy a delicious meal
Enjoying a food that you love can trigger the release of dopamine. A shared task (such as cooking) with a loved one can also increase levels of oxytocin. Plus if your meal includes foods that are high in tryptophan, this can boost your levels of serotonin to help improve your mood even further!
When we're busy or have a lot on our mind it can be difficult to get a peaceful night's sleep, but a lack of sleep can have a detrimental impact on both our physical and mental health. Making a concerted effort to get those crucial 7-9 hours sleep per night can go a long way to help rebalance your hormones.
5. Catch up and laugh with friends
Laughter really is the best medicine! Laughter is a great way to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and it boosts endorphins. Seen a funny meme lately? Share it with a friend to give them a boost too.
6. Dog cuddles
Ready for a cuteness overload? Cuddles with your dog can boost both yours and your dogs oxytocin levels, so when you're feeling a bit flat, go and show your furry friend some love.
7. Go for a massage
As if we need another reason to go for a relaxing massage, it can boost all 4 of your happy hormones!
So next time you're feeling a bit flat, cut yourself some slack and do a little something to give your happy hormones a boost!
By Rebecca Tonks
Rebecca is one of the Nourish Bud co-founders, lover of all things sweet... and savory for that matter. Rebecca is soon to be super-mum to her 'bud' in the oven. Running a business with a newborn? Challenge accepted!