7 Ways to Increase Endorphin Release
By Samantha Boyle
Smell something that has a vanilla or lavender scent like a candle, air freshener, or perfume. These scents can trigger endorphin release which helps relieve anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Incorporate ginseng into your diet by adding it to your tea or by taking supplements. Besides the numerous amount of health benefits you get from taking ginseng, it also helps with the production of endorphins which reduces fatigue and stress.
Exercising is a big help when releasing those “feel-good” chemicals in your brain. Whether it’s alone or in a group, people who exercise on a regular basis have a better overall mood!
Laughter is the best medicine! While lowering blood pressure, reducing stress hormones, and boosting immune function, laughing also helps release tons of endorphins and makes you happy!
Eat some chocolate – preferably dark due to less food processing in it – to help release those pain-relieving, pleasure-inducing chemicals, as well as provide heart benefits!
6. Listening to music
Put on your favorite track to jam out to, and get up and dance! It will put you in a great mood and you’ll be exercising without even realizing it.
7. Hot peppers
Can you say Jalapeño? Eat something spicy! While capsaicin, the chemical compound that makes chili peppers hot, causes a feeling of pain, it is offset by the body’s reaction to release endorphins which causes a feeling of wellbeing. This could possibly explain the popularity of hot and spicy food.