Today, I wanted to share some important information about what I call the good soldiers. These chemicals or neurotransmitters are fired from signals in your brain. They release throughout your body which produces certain physically reactions. When I explain this to the kiddos I work with, I like to call these our “good soldiers.” So here’s how they work:
Serotonin is released when you feel significant and important. Ever have those days when you feel down and depressed. Like you or what you contribute doesn’t not matter? That’s because not enough Serotonin is being release into your blood stream. One natural remedy to help boost Serotonin is sunlight. If you live in a state like mine that barely gets sun 3 months out of the year, you should invest in a sunlight box. (Here’s the one I recommend Happy Light through Amazon). Only use it up to 10 minutes max per day.
This lovely neurotransmitter builds and strengthens relationships. It creates intimacy and trust. It is often referred to as the “cuddle hormone.” Want more oxytocin, give someone a hug. Yep, it’s that simple. Not a touchy feely person? You can also boost levels by giving someone a gift.
Dopamine helps you reach your goals and dreams by giving you that push and drive. I love Dopamine! Want to know why? See when you actually reach those goals, it surges in your system to reinforce all that hard work paid off. Do you consider yourself a procrastinator? Have self doubt or lack of motivation? Well, you probably are low on Dopamine. The best way to boost dopamine in your system is create mini goals instead of large one. Also, create new goals while completing other ones. That way there is a constant stream of Dopamine in your system.
I absolute love Endorphins. Which is why I saved the best for last. Endorphins are release when there are signs of acute pain, anxiety, or depression. It’s what I call “The Feel Good Hormone.” Want to know the easiest way to release Endorphins? Smile. See these neurotransmitters are found in the muscles surrounding your mouth. Every time you smile, they release. Now, don’t run off and get plastic surgery. That “frozen face syndrome” will wear off the release and Endorphins will slow stop producing. Take a look at my other blog What Is Exposure Therapy to see how Exposure can help reduce anxiety and increase Endorphins.
My Take Away…
I thought today would be a great day to share some science behind mental health. If you think mental health only occurs in the brain, hopefully this article shared just how closely tied our brains and body are connected.
Let’s keep the conversation going. How do you boost these neurotransmitters? What have you found to work?
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