Boost your work wellbeing - Endorphins

November 11, 2020
Fred Melanson
5 min
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Do you know the amazing feeling that we feel after an intense workout or sex?

Well, this feeling is caused by neurochemicals released by your body called endorphins.

Endorphins are released in response to stress and pain. Since endorphins act on the opiate receptors in our brains, they reduce pain and increase our feelings of pleasure.

And the benefits go beyond pleasure:

This blog series, and pretty much all of Bliinx’s content, is about helping increase people’s wellbeing, happiness and productivity at work.

With the crazy, stressful environment we’re currently in, depression and anxiety rates have skyrocketed.

Thus, here are ways that you can naturally produce endorphins in a work-related setting:  

1. Even remote, make time for social interactions

It might be dull and awkward at first to socialize over Zoom/Teams, but the reason why it’s important to find innovative ways to interact in a meaningful way is because of laughter.

Laughing is one of the easiest ways to produce endorphins!

Hence, book some short meetings to talk about non-work-related topics, send funny images to your colleagues, tell jokes or share funny stories that happened during the day.

It may seem silly, but siloed remote work has depreciated our work lives from laughing moments without our realization, which is affecting our endorphin levels.

2. Vanilla or lavender aromas in your workspace

Again, another subtle but easy way to way to produce endorphins is through aromatherapy.

The Journal of Caring Sciences has recently proven the effect of inhaling lavender aromas as a way to affect anxiety through endorphins!

3. Volunteer to help a colleague

To act of volunteering without expecting anything in return creates endorphins in the body and lifts the spirit’s wellbeing.

A simple gesture to help a colleague will lift your mood but also make you a great teammate!

4. Eat your favourite meals, dark chocolate and spicy food

Your brain releases endorphins when you eat food that you really enjoy.

Depending on your budget constraints dietary restrictions, it would be a good idea to spend a little time preparing good lunches and snacks during your workday.

Not only will it naturally force you to improve your eating habits, but you’re also working from home! Use the time savings from commuting as an excuse to spend more time cooking what you love eating!

If you don’t have time or other restraints, dark chocolate and spicy foods have proven to generate endorphin production.

5. Work with a creative mindset

This one is not fit for all, but definitely more accessible than you would think. The act of creating something is a strong endorphin producer.

It does not necessarily have to be art or music.

If you’re working for a tech Startup, for example: Brainstorming on new features, new ways to help people, innovative ideas, are all forms of creativity.

Make sure to reserve time to brainstorm with others and think deeply about problems worth solving.

6. Exercise, obviously!

Exercise is a one-size-fits-all solution to wellbeing and happiness.

It produces endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and others, all at the same time!

Worth noting in the context of endorphins: exercising in a group is even better.

Can’t argue with that.

Honourable mentions but less related with work:

(If your work has those things, you’re a lucky person)

I hope this was helpful to some of you who, like me, or struggling to prioritize their wellbeing at work.

If you found this useful, please like and share the post for others to benefit from the tips shared today!

Cheers, Fred ✌️