One of my favorite ways to help trigger happiness hormones in my clients is with food! During the holidays it's no secret that we tend to pack on the pounds. Our bodies are designed to store fat during the colder months when food used to be harder to find. This way our bodies had an emergency supply they could use if food stores ran low. Some of the more common foods that help activate our happiness hormones are: nuts, dark chocolate, citrus foods, sweat potatoes, and dark leafy greens, There is a reason we find the majority of these happiness heavy hitters in our favorite holiday foods. The majority of these foods also help naturally reduce our Cortisol levels.
Stress is one of the most destructive hormones to our bodies. However, before you start banning together to kick all Cortisol to the curb, keep in mind this hormone's job is to keep you alive during stressful or dangerous situations. Without it you would find yourself dealing with a whole other list of problems. That doesn't mean you can't stack the deck in your favor by naturally keeping your Cortisol in check by increasing your happy hormones. If you are looking for more ways to do just that try these: think about something that made you laugh in the past, the smell of citrus, and physical contact. Below are three tips to help you stress less this season. Happy holidays!
Keep moving! Circulation helps get oxygen to our brains and prevents the build up of toxins in our bodies. This also means excess hormones.
Be sure to schedule in 5 minute breaks through out your day and just clear your mind. We have a tendency to over think things under stress.
Make sure to stay hydrated! The cold naturally pulls water from our bodies just as quickly as the heat and can increase your bodies stress levels.
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