We are in difficult times. With many of us facing lockdown, it is not unusual to have trouble coping with these new post Covid-19 circumstances. If you are feeling isolated, lethargic and unmotivated, you are not alone. Try out the tips in this article to help get you through it.
What is happiness? Many could argue that the feeling is arbitrary. Scientifically however, the feeling we call “happiness” is triggered by 4 main hormones that our bodies release naturally. Let’s go through each one along with tips on how to release them.
Dopamine is the pleasure hormone. It is tied into the reward center of our brain, and is therefore activated when we feel a sense of accomplishment. You can give yourself a quick hit of dopamine by setting yourself a small goal, and achieving it.
Endorphins provide you with a sense of well-being. It reduces pain and helps in dealing with stress. Endorphins are released with laughter. Often associated with runner’s high, endorphins can also be released with being active, especially when you have group interactions.
Often referred to as the “love” hormone. Oxytocin is actually a bonding hormone. Though we may associate oxytocin with physical affection, it is not necessary to have a partner to get our bodies to release it. There are many ways we can express love!
Serotonin is a mood-stabilizer. It reduces our worries and anxiety. We can boost our serotonin levels by staying active and working on our mindsets.
There are many little things you can do, that when doing them consistently, can make a huge impact on your life and how you feel. Remember, everyone is different. Use these tips as a guide and find what works for you! Prioritize your well-being and be consistent– happiness is within reach.