Release Endorphins and Relieve
Anxiety With 6 Easy Activities
Staying calm and collected has obvious health
benefits both physically and emotionally, in your relationships
with others and with yourself. The release of endorphins
does just that -- soothes physical and emotional pain. The
risk of stress related illnesses and complications diminish
significantly when one is not bound by an anxious
mind. High stress disrupts our hormonal balance
Endorphins are our body's internally produced means of
sedation and euphoria. The science behind them
has been presented to the public from an exercise
science perspective and not so much in regards to mental
health. A sense of Zen and control for
one's emotions is not necessarily in the
hands of a personal trainer or psychiatrist.
There are around 20 different types of endorphins
and according to an ongoing clinical study, the
soothing aid of endorphin release can be accessed in many
more ways than going to the gym or running down the block.
These 6 simple options
release the feel good effects of endorphins and are accessible
to all of us in Toronto!
- Pet your Pet- it has been scientifically
proven that feeling the warmth and trust of animals
increased activity in the pleasure centre of the brain.
There is also concrete evidence that endorphin production sky
rocketed with this form of pet therapy.
- Practice Yoga & Cardio- Yoga
focuses on slower breathing to decrease rapid heart
rates due to anxiety and soothe tense muscles while
freeing negative energy from the body and mind. Ironically,
increased heart rate caused by cardio exercises instead
of stress releases the most intense endorphin response!
- Meditation- does not have to be a
complex or corny form of relaxation; meditation exists
in many forms unique to every individual. If you cannot
achieve the physiological response of controlled endorphin
release, soothe your mind by thinking of all that makes
you smile- take yourself away to an individually defined
happy place and nurture your soul.
- Eat Spicy foods- Strangely, spicy
foods such as hot chili peppers and wasabi release endorphins from
the brain for the body processes these spicy sensations
as pain! Sudden pain and shock is numbed by the release
of endorphins. Some of you may know the sedated state
of extreme endorphin release when the body responds
to a broken digit or deep cut. Eating a dollop of wasabi
can in fact switch the gears of your building anxiety
to neutral in a heated arguement or state of rage.
- Make love- A healthy sex life which
involves physical and emotional release between you
and your partner keeps steady endorphin levels flowing
through your body and keeps the pleasure centre of the
brain from accumulating cobwebs!
- Be a thrill seeker- Adrenaline releases
endorphins and a sudden fright such as that of a scary
movie enables people to forget any other lurking anxieties
and troubles of the mind. Thus adrenaline junkies always
crave the thrill factor because emotional well being
is a healthy addiction- just remember to balance safety