The Science of Feeling Good

Feeling good is important in order to sustain a productive and healthy lifestyle.

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It is made up of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual processes of living that must be in harmony for a happy life. We’ll start off with the biological part because you could not feel good if you are not in a healthy state.

Before anything else, we need a baseline. Know your medical values. Your current blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate, so you would know the extent of the interventions you will make. Measure your body baseline through medical equipment and supplies right at your doorstep (cash on delivery is available too!).

After gathering your baseline data, it’s time to take a break. The following are brief steps and systematic suggestions:

1. Get to homeostasis.
Homeostasis is the property of a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant. It is a process that maintains the stability of the human body’s internal environment in response to changes in external conditions.

This will serve as our baseline. Whenever we feel bad, we should go back to our balanced state before we can proceed with approaches to feel good.

2. Neutralize the bad stress. Control stress hormones.
Whenever there is imbalance, there is stress. Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. A little bit of stress, known as “acute stress or good stress,” can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or “chronic stress or bad stress,” can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.

To neutralize bad stress, try the following:

  1. Pray. Have someone with greater capacity handle your problems without neglecting your own responsibilities. This should make you feel some sort of relief.
  2. Rationalize and understand. Emotions tend to cloud our minds. Therefore, think logically.
  3. Initially step back. Get off the stressful situation for a bit in order to stabilize your mind. Sometimes, getting out of the situation and moving on is the best solution. Instead of thinking “why,” think of other things that are more important.
  4. Breathe. Take a breather, either literally as in inhale and exhale, or divert thoughts to something more positive.
  5. Think happy thoughts. Part of diverting thoughts is not battle it with positivity. Think of something that makes you happy.
  6. Think of a reasonable solution and act on it right away. Do not linger on the negative feeling. Just move on if you cannot change it. Focus on what you can do and what you can change.

3. Increase the happy hormones. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. This works opposite with cortisol which is otherwise called “stress hormone” because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, and is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body. Too much cortisol lowers our mood.

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Here are some suggestions:

  1. Exercise
  2. Get the groove on: listen to music
  3. Eat healthy – keep off the artificials
  4. Sleep – optimum hours of sleep, deep enough to rest and allow your body to regenerate.

 

Sources:
http://psychobiology.wustl.edu/science-well-being
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeostasis
https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/stress
http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression
http://joshdavies.co.uk/feelgoodnutrition/
http://galleryhip.com/looking-good-feeling-good.html
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