Today we would like to talk about a very important topic, depression. Sadly, 1 in 5 people will experience depression at some point in their lives.
Sadness, feeling down, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities - these are symptoms familiar to all of us. But, if they persist and affect our life substantially, it may be depression.
- Depression seems to be more common among women than men.
- Symptoms include lack of joy and reduced interest in things that used to bring a person happiness.
- Life events, such as bereavement, produce mood changes that can usually be distinguished from the features of depression.
- The causes of depression are not fully understood but are likely to be a complex combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychosocial factors.
The awesome thing is our body has multiple ways by which we can fight depression and every-time we work on these ways we help our body release neuro-chemicals in our body that make us happy. I have listed below 4 major chemicals, what can be done and how easy it is to release these chemicals in your body.
#Serotonin ~ A chemical produced naturally in your brain that affects the way you feel, making you feel happier, calmer or less hungry. Part of 4 basic chemicals that cause human happiness. 😊
Serotonin is released when we act in a way that benefits others. When we give beyond ourselves and our own benefit.
Do you remember how you felt, the last time you gave to somebody less fortunate?
This is what our co-founder Avrio does to help release serotonin. (Feed these sweethearts, which have gone from 2 to 3 cuties now)
Serotonin is released majorly in the gut, hence a healthy gut is the key to happiness. Having said that the foods that can also help you release serotonin in your body are:
Foods high in simple carbohydrates, such as pastas, potatoes, bread, pastries, pretzels and popcorn.
The calming effect of serotonin can often be felt in thirty minutes or less by eating these foods. This may be one of the reasons simple carbohydrates are so addictive. They can be used to make you feel happy, but also cause high blood sugar levels (not what we are trying to achieve).
Often times you may find yourself buried in these comfort foods to help you get back up and at it again, during these times we offer you an alternative :-)
We particularly like complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, bananas, apples, blueberries, carrots as a healthier way to boost serotonin, you may also consider chicken, turkey, salmon, eggs, and green peas.
Have you ever felt amazing after a good, hard workout? You may have heard that your “high” is caused by tiny neurochemicals (1 of 4 chemicals that make you happy) released by your body. These neurochemicals are called endorphins. Endorphins are known to reduce pain and boost pleasure.
Endorphins are released when you:
* Eat dark chocolate
* Exercise, especially when in a group.
* Have sex
* Create music or art or dance
* Get a massage
* Take a sauna
* Watch your favorite TV drama
#Dopamine: If you want to get a hit of dopamine... set a goal and ACHIEVE IT!
There is evidence that people with extraverted, or uninhibited personality types tend to have higher levels of dopamine than people with introverted personalities.
To feel more extroverted and uninhibited try to increase your levels of dopamine naturally by being a go-getter in your daily life and flooding your brain with dopamine regularly by setting goals and achieving them.
These goals can range from daily chores or things to do today all the way to long term goals.
The way we see it, you have got daily goals that eventually help you get to your yearly goals.
#Oxytocin: Hugging, kissing, or more physical acts of touch increases oxytocin levels. It is a 'bonding' hormone—there are studies that have shown that a twenty second hug reduces the harmful, physical effects of stress and anxiety, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate.
That's because prolonged hugging releases oxytocin, a powerful hormone in the brain that is only found in mammals...
#FunFact- Over a long distance relationship, oxytocin release in our bodies is very low and responsible for times you may mistrust your partner.
On the other hand, it is the body’s requirement to release oxytocin that drives you to want to meet your significant other as soon as possible. Also responsible for the great sex that follows. 😃