Importance of Happy Hormones in Seniors
Hormones play a crucial role in both our physical and mental wellbeing. Hormones are chemicals produced by glands that flow through the blood as messengers to various parts of the body, causing various sensations. They impact physical growth and development, metabolism, and, most crucially, cognitive functioning and moods.
There are hormones that are linked to joyful moods and feelings of pleasure. The term “happy hormones” refers to a group of four hormones. These are:
- Dopamine: feel-good hormone.
- Serotonin: mood enhancer hormone.
- Oxytocin: love hormone
- Endorphins: pain reliever
Secretion of these hormones leads to what is known as the feel-good factor which is important for all and more importantly for elderly people as these act as an antidote to the feeling of anxiety or depression from which they often suffer from. Furthermore, a lack of happy hormones can lead to impatience, aggression, stress, and low energy levels. As a result, understanding the factors that cause these hormones to be produced is crucial for the elderly. We also need to make it possible for them to engage in the activities/jobs that produce these joyful hormones.
The following are some of the most common activities that cause the release of happy hormones:
Exercise on a regular basis
A well-balanced diet
Laughing with a friend
Getting enough sleep
Spending time with friends and remaining connected with family
The major sources of happy hormones are a well-balanced diet, adequate physical movements including exercise, mental workouts like yoga/meditation, adequate sleep, and leading a loving and connected life with near and dear ones. Practicing these activities regularly can lead to a life that elders feel is happy, peaceful, and contended and that is what is expected in the journey of life.
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