The Rise and Fall of ... Serotonin

Do you know about the wonders of your bodies natural "good mood fluid" serotonin? During my workshops, I explain how important serotonin is and provide information on how to boost your levels and your mood.

Here's how this wondrous little substance effects you....Ever go to bed with an issue...no not your spouse, an issue issue. You toss and turn processing things. 10:34 turns into 11:02, then 11:37 and you finally drift-off to sleep.

You wake up in the middle of the night, you're laying there, semi-conscious, and it hits you....you start thinking about it again...only this time, in the dark of night, your problem seems way worse than before. A wave of stress moves through your body, your face feels flush...you're totally awake.

You think to yourself "this isn't good, this is terrible, there's no good way to deal with this, what am I going to do." As you toss and turn and stress, the clock crawls along 3:26...3:57...4:06 and you finally drift-off again.

Morning comes, you get ready for work, maybe grab a coffee and head out the door. The sun is just coming up and as you are driving to work the problem hits you again. Only this time, in the light of day, things don't seem so bad. You start to see options that were no where in sight last night. You think, "this isn't so bad, what was I so bent out of shape over last night?"

What changed? Your Serotonin levels changed. The levels of this "good mood fluid" in your body rise and fall with the sun. Meaning as the sun goes down at night, so do your serotonin levels and your mood.

These days, the problem a lot of us are facing is that stress, diet and lifestyle are depleting our levels and effecting our mood even during the day. So what can you do about it?

 

 

Quote to Ponder:

"One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is devastating." - Charles Horton Cooley

 

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