Many of us are stuck indoors or minimizing our time outside because of the COVID-19 virus. Attending virtual 12-step meetings, checking in with a therapist, and working on your recovery goals can be a massive help to your attitude. Many people are suffering from anxiety, depressive symptoms, or frustration from the isolation. Instead of sinking into feelings of despondence, it’s time to use your tools to get through these days. Giving your endorphins a boost can help you remain calm and positive. These are the feel-good chemicals your body can create by itself.
Ways to Boost Your Endorphins
Being stuck indoors, whether it’s for 12 hours or 24 hours a day, is no fun. Everyone is missing being out with friends and just living a “normal” life. But you, and everyone else, are, for the most part, powerless over what’s happening right now.
What you can control are your own actions. Choosing to take care of your body and mental health is essential. You can do this in several ways. Endorphins even help to bolster your immune system.
Try these ideas:
- Exercise: Of all the activities that can boost your endorphins, exercise is always at the top of the list. It can help you beat down stress, become more optimistic, and increase your energy levels. At least 15 minutes of exercise a day is needed to get the most benefits.
- Have Some Fun: Laughter is a natural endorphin-booster. Stream a comedy set or a favorite funny movie. You’ll find your mood is uplifted, and you feel less stressed.
- Eat Chocolate: Don’t binge! But adding a small piece of chocolate to your morning coffee or as a dessert can activate the pleasure center of your brain.
- Vibe With Some Music: Everyone has music that inspires them. Listening to music can lift your mood and help you beat stress. Try to remember to do this on your most stressful days.
- Meditate: Meditation helps people handle stress better, partially due to endorphins but also because they release oxytocin, a chemical that quells anxiety.
Consider Sober Living
For many people in recovery, sober living is an important starting step to entering the world after completing a treatment program. Living among peers with similar goals helps you stay focused and you’ll also be part of an intimate, recovery-centered community. Learn more about your options by calling us at 760-216-2077.