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10 Reasons Why Endorphins are So Important

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We all know that Endorphins make us happy but they are also important in many other ways! Endorphins are a naturally occurring chemical neurotransmitter produced in the human brain.

The name is derived from two words: endogenous (from within) and morphine (a pain-killer).

Naturally, since endorphins block the pain receptors, they are also called as “happy chemicals” of the human body. When endorphins are released in the body of a person, he or she confronts a feeling of bliss, flow or euphoria. They are often produced and released when a person eats certain foods such as chocolate or spicy peppers, exercises strenuously, listens to music, and is in love.

This is one of the main reasons why people are addicted to the things they enjoy, as the release of endorphins makes them feel joyous.

The human body makes around 20 different types of Endorphins. Though research is still underway to determine what each one of them accomplishes, they are all very important for the functioning of the body. Here are 10 reasons why endorphins are so important:

 

The benefits of releasing Endorphins

 

1. They help in reducing pain

Endorphins block the pain receptors in the brain, and thus are a great help in reducing the feeling of pain in the body.

It doesn’t matter where the pain originates in the body; endorphins have an equal effect in combating all kinds of pain: leg, arms, stomach, head, tooth, etc.

 

2. Wards off anxiety and depression

While depression depends on the nature of the patient, it is also affected by improper functioning of neurotransmitters in the brain. Endorphins have a great impact on a person’s personality, intelligence, and moods. Hence, they play a great role in warding off anxiety and depression.

You could say that Endorphins are the best natural anti-depressants we have at hand.

 

3. Improves sleep

The word Endorphins is derived from two words, endogenous and morphine. Morphine is in turn derived from the word Morpheus, who in Greek mythology is the ‘god of sleep.’

Working as a natural relaxant, endorphins helps one to sleep better.

 

4. Boosts self-esteem

Self-esteem is a measure of worth of a person’s overall emotional evaluation of himself or herself. A lot of factors contribute to one’s self-esteem; a few of them are pride, shame, despair and triumph. By reducing and pain and fear, endorphins boost the confidence of a person immensely. Thus, they also help in boosting one’s self-esteem.

 

5. Increases and encourages physical activeness

When a body is stressed beyond its physical limit, endorphins are released in the body, which creates a sense of feeling “high.” Serious runners and weightlifters regularly experience this phenomenon. Hence, by creating a delightful feedback mechanism, endorphins increase and encourage one to be physically active.

“Now,I’m no scientist,but I know what endorphins are. They’re tiny little magical elves that swim through your blood stream and tell funny jokes to each other. When they reach your brain,you hear what they’re saying and that boosts your health and happiness.” – Ellen DeGeneres

 

6. Make activities more pleasurable

Research has shown that people who listen to music, eat spicy foods, watch movies, or perform a certain activity, are bound to repeat them when they’re enjoying. The sense of feeling joy is due to the release of endorphins; thus, they also make activities more pleasurable to do. Moreover, the release of endorphins makes us feel better and improves our mood.

 

7. They help in treating trauma and surgery

Trauma patients experience serious pain that is very hard to withstand. The same applies to patients who are undergoing surgery. Endorphins help with addressing the symptoms of trauma by reducing the pain in moments of great stress. Acupuncture, massage therapy, exercise, and many other activities increase the production of endorphins, which in turn helps in treating trauma patients.

 

8. It stabilizes blood pressure

Blood pressure is controlled by various nervous and endocrine systems in the human body. Since endorphins also affect the functioning of these systems, they help in normalizing the blood pressure. Moreover, blood pressure is also affected by stress, which endorphins reduce considerably.

 

9. Enhances the functioning of immune system

Endorphins stimulate the immune system by activating the natural killer cells. As a result, they help immensely in combating various infections and diseases. They even help in killing cancerous cells and postpone ageing. Hence, endorphin secretion is also linked to immune system functions.

 

10. Makes you look fit and healthy

Since, endorphins promote physical activeness and encourage many healthy habits such as exercising and eating healthy foods, they also play a great role in making you look fit and healthy. While this might not be a direct result of endorphin secretion, it is a very beneficial result nonetheless.

 

You can see from the above how this naturally produces, wonder chemical works in numerous ways in our body to help improve its functioning.

Less Stress, Happier, Less and managed pain, Immunity booster, Stable blood pressure, More pleasure in every day activities, Better sleep and self esteem…Who wouldn’t want to boost their Endorphin level to feel all of the above!

It is extremely vital that one pays attention to their endorphin secretion levels, as it can affect a multitude of other systems in their body and it makes you feel Great!

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Charlene Barry is the fun loving founder of This Is Project Me, a wellness, spiritual and inspirational channel on YouTube that inspires others to live the life of their dreams with passion, love and joy.Charlene believes in serendipity, wellness and spirituality and is an Ayurvedic and Lifestyle coach; helping people live their ideal life through Ayurvedic medicine, Meditation, Yoga and Balance.

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

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There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

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3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

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