Your Hormones Want to Make You Happy. Here's How to Let Them Do That
"Our hormones are a powerful gift." - Alisa Vitti
WHAT ARE HAPPY HORMONES:
Our brain constantly receives chemical signals from our hormones that determine our body's mood and energy levels with the release of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin (our happy hormones)!
Dopamine, which is known as the "feel-good" neurotransmitter, is released when we experience pleasurable activities, such as eating delicious food or engaging in enjoyable social interactions. It creates a sense of pleasure and reward, which contributes to our feelings of happiness.
Furthermore, other hormones, such as serotonin and oxytocin, are also associated with happiness.
Serotonin is involved in regulating mood, appetite, and sleep. It helps the body send messages between nerve cells and affects our pleasurable in emotions.
Oxytocin, often called the "love hormone," is released during social bonding and intimate physical contact, such as hugging or cuddling. It can promote feelings of trust, love, and well-being.
In short, hormones can cause happiness by interacting with the brain's reward system and regulating mood, appetite, and healthy social interactions!
As teenage students, maintaining your hormones will immediately boost your focus, motivation, and energy towards all aspects of your life. Once I learned how to balance my hormones, I noticed a significant boost to my work drive and mental health.
HOW TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONES:
Balancing your hormones are one of the most effective things you can do to your body to maximize happiness and high vibrational energy!
Adolescents with imbalanced hormones between ages 12-17 are 6 to 12 times more likely to have anxiety and depression, and 4 to 11 times more likely to have a disruptive behavior. The stereotypical health and wellness memo that hormonal health only impacts fully grown women disregards the significance of balanced emotions for on teenagers of all genders.
When your hormones are imbalanced, your whole system is effected, which means you’re going to feel it manifest both in your body and your mind.
Here are 5 feel good ways to balance your hormones and increase dopamine:
Stick to a diet that nourishes your body: Eating a balanced diet with plenty of nutrient-rich whole foods can support hormone balance. Focus on whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and healthy fats.
Exercise regularly: Exercise can help regulate hormones and promote overall health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
Manage stress: Stress can disrupt hormone balance, so finding healthy ways to manage stress is important. Try activities such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or spending time in nature.
Get enough sleep: Hormone balance is closely tied to sleep, so getting enough high-quality sleep is important. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Avoid environmental toxins: Exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides, plastics, and chemicals in personal care products, can disrupt hormone balance. Try to minimize exposure to these toxins by choosing natural and organic products when possible.
THE IMPACT OF HAPPY HORMONES:
Increasing your dosage of happy hormones are very easy to do and provide your body and mind with amazing benefits!
Dopamine increases attention, improves cognitive function, and stimulates our creativity. It makes us more social and extroverted and helps us form romantic and parental bonds. Again, us teenagers require an extra amount of dopamine because this is the stage in life where we lay the final foundation that builds our brains, personality, and vibe before becoming fully grown adults.
By following the tips above and learning just a little bit more about your hormones and what activities make you feel happy, you will begin to experience the satisfactions of a truly satisfying and balanced life.
Our hormones do so much for us and control our entire mood, so start taking care of your hormones and make sure that they are happy too!