Heard of your happy hormones? Here’s how to Boost Them (with Natural Scents!)
Posted by Samantha Lawson
Our bodies can be pretty complicated things sometimes. Knowing how to combat stress and help ourselves to feel better can be a very tricky business!
But just a little knowledge of how your body works could enable you to unlock your happiness potential. We’re going to go through some of the essential feel-good hormones and recommend tips to boost them in a totally natural way.
Serotonin - The One That Makes You Smile
Serotonin is a hormone that regulates anxiety, happiness and mood. It’s our body’s ‘happy neurotransmitter.’ So how can you boost it? One good tip is to start with your gut.
90-95% of serotonin production happens in our guts, not in our brains. So having a diet that helps to create a balanced and healthy environment in your tummy can work wonders. Try adding fibre into your diet by eating more vegetables, fruit and seeds. And fermented foods such as cheese and yoghurts are not just delicious; they can also help to look after healthy microbes in your stomach.
If you’re still feeling glum, it could be a sign that your serotonin levels are off. When you start your day, use some Great Day Glow Face Oil as part of your morning routine, as the bright and citrusy aroma of Neroli is known to encourage the brain to release serotonin. Also place a Neroli-fragranced Happiness Reed Diffuser near your workspace to keep the happy vibes coming!
Dopamine - The One That Gets Stuff Done!
Dopamine is a hormone that is all about REWARDS. When you achieve a goal, you get a little boost of this stuff. It can be a great motivator and can help you to work that little bit harder to get things done. The tricky thing about dopamine is that, sometimes, you need to work hard to get it.
So, to make things a little bit easier, try lighting one of our Feel Refreshed candles above you for a revitalising experience. The fresh fragrance of grapefruit, lemon and other essential oils will help provide a clear head to clear the day’s task list so that you can clock off happy.
Alternatively, setting out and achieving small but satisfying goals can also help to boost your dopamine levels. For example, instead of trying to finish a 600-page novel, why not read a few interesting articles instead? Celebrating little victories can become a rewarding habit.
Oxytocin - All You Need Is LOVE
Oxytocin is the hormone that’s most associated with the feeling of love. But it’s not just related to romantic love; it can also be produced through bonding with your family and friends. Getting plenty of this stuff is really important. It promotes intimacy, empathy and trust, which are some of the key ingredients for a happy life!
By showing others that we love them, we can receive that same feeling back the other way. A great way to do this is to treat the people that you care about. Your mum, your dad, husband, best friends, it doesn’t matter! Just take them out to dinner, spend time with them or choose an unexpected, lovely gift. Well, we’re not shy: why not pick up NEOM’s The Gift Of Happiness set? It’s the perfect way to brighten up someone’s day.