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Endorphins – The Body’s Natural Painkiller

‘ENDORPHIN’ — A combination of ‘endo’ and ‘morphine’ – meaning endogenously 
                        produced morphine, or internally produced painkiller

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ENDORPHINS AND EXERCISE

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Have you ever asked yourself why you are generally in a good mood and feel great after exercising?  Well, one answer certainly is an overall feeling of accomplishment, but there is also something to be said about the power of these little, hormone-like substances called ‘endorphins.’  When you exercise, endorphins are being released in your body, giving you a feeling of well-being and a state of euphoria.  These feelings can be so powerful that they actually mask pain (the body’s natural painkiller). 

Maybe you have heard the term ‘Runner’s High’ or have experienced it yourself.  All it takes for most people is moderate-intensity exercise of at least 30 minutes to be in high spirits and feel the elation and joy of a ‘Runner’s High.’  Short, high-intensity workouts have proven to be of little value when it comes to experiencing those benefits.  So the most effective stress relief and improvement to your mood may indeed be exercise–who would have thought!

ENDORPHINS AND LOVE

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With so much power influencing your mood during and after exercise to the point of giving you a ‘Natural High,’ you probably think that endorphins are also responsible for the incredible feelings of infatuation, falling in love, and then being in love with that ‘special person.’  Well, yes and no.  Infatuation or feeling an almost unbearable attraction to someone, when the pure sight of that person can make your heart beat faster and your eyes sparkle, and can make you talk for hours (the same person may seem boring later  🙂  ), is caused by an explosion of neurochemicals similar to adrenaline.  At that point you’re basically in love with the idea of being in love. 

This passion can last between six months and two to three years and is nearly gone after that for most people.  At that stage, if the relationship is not strong enough, it will usually end.  However, if it is strong enough, it will advance and then other chemicals, mainly endorphins, play a key role in long-term relationships.  Endorphins don’t induce the giddy high you feel when you are first infatuated with someone, but give you a sense of well-being, peacefulness, calmness and stability.  They literally are one of the reasons why people stay married because of their addictiveness.  Endorphins are the reason why we like loving someone.

ENDORPHINS AND CHOCOLATE

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Eating a bite of chocolate will trigger an endorphin release and can impact your mood in a positive way.  There’s a reason why I call chocolate my ‘soul food.’  But be sensible; you don’t have to eat a large amount, a little will do.  The darker and more bitter the chocolate, generally speaking, the better for you.

BY THE WAY:  THINK ‘HAPPY HORMONE’

Looking for an easier way than exercise to release endorphins and get in a good mood?  Try a good laugh, think happy and positive thoughts, or make passionate love (or all the above)!   🙂

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Massage Party With A Surprise

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I just love doing massage parties, and over the years, I’ve done quite a few, mostly women getting together to celebrate something, or sometimes for no reason at all.  Well, I was on my way to one of those parties.  A. had called and told me that a friend of hers had referred me to do massages at a little get-together she was having with five other women.

So, as I approached the house, I thought to myself that it looked all too familiar and all of a sudden, it came to me.  A few years ago a guy had called me, also a referral, asking me to give him and his girlfriend massages at this very house.  One thing I remembered specifically was his girlfriend being rather young and a bit silly, constantly babbling, but okay.  Well, the woman at the door, the hostess A., was somebody other than this young girlfriend I remembered.  So, I guess when I went to the house before to give massages, the wife must have been out of town.   🙂   Anyway, as soon as I pulled up, a few women were already eagerly waiting at the door, waving at me, one of them in slippers and robe.  ‘I guess you’re my first victim?’ I yelled, ‘Yes I am!  And I can hardly wait!’

Well, it was a lovely evening, the ladies had a great time, drinking, dancing, playing cards, and getting massages.  A. had told me that she wanted to go last and by the time it was her turn, she was quite tipsy.  As I was working on her tight neck and shoulder muscles, I joked with her ‘I think I can see a name engraved in those tight muscles, causing you to be so tense.’   🙂  ‘Oh, that can be only one person, and that would be my husband.  You want him?’  And we both had a good laugh and I felt how she started to relax.

After finishing A.’s massage, I packed my things and was getting ready to leave when all of a sudden the door opened and A.’s husband came in, obviously a bit early as the party was just about to wrap up.  He took just one look at me, and instantly recognizing me, mumbled ‘Hi, how are you?’ and I saw his face almost turning red.

Luckily, I don’t think anybody noticed the awkwardness of the moment.  It was one of those situations that make you go ‘Huh?’  And it was a little reminder, yet again, how small the world can be sometimes.   🙂

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Tough Guys Don’t See The Doctor

You’ve probably heard the notion that some men literally have to be almost dead before they see the doctor.  There is certainly some truth to men being reluctant to go to the doctor’s office when a problem first arises.  You can speculate about the reasons; some people think it is related to society in general imposing expectations of being tough and ignoring pain, first on boys and then later on men.  It could also be related to men in general maybe being more hesitant speaking freely, even with a physician, about a condition they deem to be embarrassing, not realizing it could be a symptom of a serious health problem.  Even when seeking advice, some men may leave out those important but embarrassing details and therefore delaying diagnosis and treatment.  One perfect example could be a man experiencing the urgency of urination to the point of wetting his pants from time to time.  Being embarrassed about that, he may not mention it to the doctor, possibly delaying a diagnosis that could involve bladder cancer, especially if the person had been a smoker.

MORE EMPHASIS ON PREVENTION

See your doctor ….. Not only for treatment when you are sick, but get regular check-ups for prevention, including blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.  The goal is to find out whether something is out of balance before it becomes a serious health problem.  Unfortunately, our entire health care system up to this point is based on treating health problems, rather than trying to prevent them in the first place.  But you can certainly make the individual decision for yourself to put more emphasis on prevention and living a healthy lifestyle.

YOU WANT TO GET A MAN’S ATTENTION?  LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!

Is it just me or have you also noticed lately that commercials for medication treating Erectile Dysfunction start to involve the notion that serious conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease in general could also lead to Erectile Dysfunction?  And you can just picture men all across America staring at the TV in full attention.  Naturally, these are self-serving commercials by the drug companies.  However, studies have shown and experts agree that there can be a connection between Erectile Dysfunction and serious health problems.  A high percentage of men who suffer from diabetes already know that Erectile Dysfunction could be related to that condition.  But it could also be a good indication of heart disease because just like arteries in the penis fail to expand to stimulus, so do certain arteries around the heart.  Because arteries in the penis are smaller, that condition may show up earlier and may make the prevention or treatment of heart disease much more successful for that person.

Bottom line:  If the newly found openness talking about the once taboo subject of impotence leads more men to the doctor’s office and in the process serious health concerns can be discovered and treated, more power to them!

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“Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”

“Realize that true happiness lies within you.  Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.  Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.  Reach out.  Share.  Smile.  Hug.  Happiness is a perfume you cannot put on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”      Og Mandino

  

If you belong to the group of people who tend to worry a lot about anything and everything, stop right now!  You literally can worry yourself sick.

Think about it:  The majority of the things you worry about are never going to materialize, so all the energy you are putting into it is wasted energy.  Find ways to use that energy in a positive way. 

Even if a few of the many things you worry about will actually happen, there are usually circumstances out of your control, especially if they involve other people.  Instead, focus on what you have control over, and that is basically limited to yourself and your behavior.

But what do you do if you find yourself being a constant “worrier?”  Here are two practical tips:

1.  CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK
2.  CHANGE WHAT YOU DO

In order to change the way you think, you have to change your mindset from negative to positive.  Let’s say you are worried that if you can’t meet a deadline or perform a job task, it will have an adverse effect on your performance review or your promotion prospects, or you fear you may even lose your job.  To change this negative into a positive thought, why not tell yourself this:  I have worked for this company very hard for a long time and they appreciate my effort, so things will be okay, no matter what.

If on the other hand you find yourself worrying a lot about, for example, not being able to pass a test and the reason for your worry is that you haven’t prepared yourself enough, change what you do!  Prepare yourself to the point where you can tell yourself that you have done everything in your power to pass it and feel comfortable going into the test, telling yourself that failure therefore is not an option.

Try it, it works!

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Find Your True Calling In Life

As I was reading an article about people who leave their stressful jobs and lives behind and find happiness and joy in more rewarding and less stressful careers, I couldn’t help but thinking back to one of my clients.  I remember exactly the very first massage appointment with Tom.  His neck was such a mess that he almost couldn’t move his head from one side to the other and he told me that he experienced regular horrible headaches.  While working on his tense muscles, I tried to figure out what might have caused his neck being in such bad shape.  And it only took a minute until we figured it out.  As a stock broker, he spent most of his day at the computer and on the phone at the same time.  So naturally, I asked him whether he had a headset which he said he did not.  So, whenever he was on the phone and computer at the same time (which was a lot), he was just basically holding the phone between his chin and neck.  As soon as he told me that, he realized himself that that was most likely the cause for his horrible neck condition.  Well, it only took a few weeks after he started using a headset until his neck was okay and the headache had disappeared.  While we were talking a little about his job, it was also obvious to me that he was under constant stress and didn’t seem to particularly like it.

It was only a few months later when he told me that he had decided to leave behind his stressful job and life and move away with his family to take on a teaching position, something he always wanted to do.  “I finally will be able to enjoy life!”  And I remember his smile and his sparkling eyes when saying that.  It was a big step because it would mean a lot less money, but judging from his new found happiness, that didn’t seem all that important.   🙂

I always thought that people who follow their passion and work in a job, have a business, or are in the creative field, reflecting their passion, are generally happy people.  If you would ask them about their work, they very likely will tell you that they don’t look at it as work because they like what they do and are passionate about it–And very often rewards follow.

Tom found his true calling in life and decided to make that transition.  And I was very happy to hear that he had no regrets and really enjoyed life to the fullest, probably for the first time.

Life Is Too Short–So Kiss Slowly,
Laugh Insanely, Love Truly,
And Live With Passion.

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Do You Want To Date My Corvette?

Is it just me or does every Corvette driver (and yes, some Mercedes and others, too) think they are entitled to your undivided attention and that every woman just has to be in absolute awe when sitting right next to them at a stop light?  Case in point yesterday again:  Yellow Corvette stops next to me and out of the corner of my eyes behind my sunglasses I can see guy in yellow Corvette making all kinds of attempts for attention from Nissan driving disinterested woman (me) to the point of blowing his horn several times when getting frustrated by lack of acknowledgement.  How dare she doesn’t look at me when I’m sitting here in this beautiful Corvette?

Well, I have news for you:  A lot of us stopped a long time ago doing anything but looking straight forward when waiting at a light.  There are just too many yellow Corvettes with attitudes out there.  🙂

No, I don’t want to date your Corvette!

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