Our mood drastically shifts based on our circumstances. But what is beneath the surface? Get to know some basics how to regulate them.
Here it is the stress reliever. My blog. Its true self-expression helps to manage stress.
Other than that, let’s take a more in-depth look.
The foundation is that both good and bad stress exists.
What does that mean?
Do you remember when you ate so many sweet things (cakes, candies, donuts ….) that your stomach hurts? Well, I have done that several times when I was a toddler. Point being is that too much of everything is bad for your health. Too much sweet, too much salt, too much rest, too much pleasure, too much pain. There is that sweet spot however that it makes it manageable. And that is where you find yourself benefiting too from stress and your mood rises. Why? Because you are happy that you are doing things you usually do not want to.
Here is a little bit science, Kelly McGonigal, talks for accepting stress as a something good.
Believing that stress is making you ready to encounter your life challenges better is a life changer. Stress makes your body more prepared. That heartbeat pounding, your palms sweating your breath increasing and so on. It will open your heart and vessels and you won’t and your oxygenation will be more effective. You decrease the risk of dying from heart attack, just because you believe that stress helps you.
Talking about science lets see how our nervous system works. There are a few hormones involved with stress. These are adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol, considered as the stress hormones.
- We all know what adrenaline does, making us hyper-alert and prepared to fight or flee. It is produced in the kidneys. When our brain detects danger it is being emitted. But it is released from your adrenal glands. That’s when you start sweating, breathing heavily because your heartbeat is increased dramatically.
- Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline, it is also released from your adrenal glands. It is also called Noradrenaline. The main function is to make you sharper and ready for action. Your muscles get tenser and your pupils in your eyes get wider. Just like you are going to fight after a few drinks in the bar.
- And cortisol is a hormone that is responsible for our stress crisis. It can regulate your diet, by increasing or decreasing our digest. Also, it influences your blood pressure, libido, and the immune system. managing our cortisol levels is essential for our body to function correctly. Optimal levels of cortisol are very subjective to say how much is enough. To make sure, however, we are not running crazy it’s helpful to add a few antioxidants to our diet.
- Also, oxytocin is a hormone that is involved with stress. It is stimulating our stress reduction. It is a considered built-in mechanism to the body regulating our stress levels and making us more resilient. It is released when we interact with other human beings. and that’s why it’s also called “social hormone”. Whenever we hug people, share our stories and problems or listening and helping others we release more oxytocin. And as a result, it makes us more happy and empathetic.
Our mood is being affected by hormones, which are first causing us to feel certain emotions. Neuroscience is a vast topic, but as far as my knowledge goes at the moment the limbic system controls a big part of it. This is our amygdala generating signals that provoke is to feel or do certain things in registered danger, with other words “stress”.
We can manage our emotions, but we can’t control our hormonal effects.
Of course, there are some exceptions here. Hormones are made from cholesterol and we manage our cholesterol levels in that case by modifying our diet. Otherwise, we can not influence hormones internally. And it is also true that some bodybuilder takes hormones as an external chemical form.
Take These for Immediate Relief
The infamous antioxidants that help us maintain our good mood.
As far as antioxidants are being famous with their power to reduce stress I will give you some examples.
- Blueberries and other berries, like cranberries and blackberries
- Alcohol in small quantities – beer and red wine
- Green Tea
- Herbs like ginger, basil, clove
I hope this post was helpful. Let me know what you think down in the comment section.