The Euphoria of Stress

During my 10 km Mt Coot-tha walk in Brisbane this morning I was in a semi-meditative state for a period of time, after my climb was complete and I was walking on a relatively flat section before my decent.

My mind was having one of those 12,000 internal conversations a normal brain has on an average day as Susan Pearce tells us in her book, Wired For Life…Retrain Your Brain and Thrive’

My body, mind and spirit were experiencing feelings of happiness, confidence and well-being as I walked and took in the sight of the lush bush after all the rain of late. Also, my nose was working well as it was taking in some delightful forest smells and some good bacteria.

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When I sat down at my computer to write this blog the first thing I did was to check out the definition of euphoria. Guess what? … it is defined:a feeling of happiness ,confidence, or well-being.

Then I asked myself, “Why do you do this walk three times a week John?”

My answer was … for the Eustress that it creates in my life.

What’s Eustress?…you may be thinking. It means beneficial stress—either psychological, physical, or biochemical benefits. The term was coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye, consisting of the Greek prefix eu- meaning‘good’, and stress, literally meaning‘good stress’.

Taking part in physical activity such as walking, swimming, running, cycling etc. puts the muscles, heart and lungs through the required amount of stress to strengthen them and create a state of physical well being.

Eustress is also associated with the release of ‘happy hormones’. These hormones are…

  • Oxytocin – bonding, with a child, your partner, with your dog or cat, hugging
  • Serotonin – feel good, from deep slow breathing, smiling, kissing
  • Dopamine – motivation, from such things as Facebook ‘Likes’, food, sex
  • Endorphins – euphoria,from laughing,exercise, singing, dancing
  • Endocannabinoids – runner’s high

The outcome from the release of happy hormones in your body is…

  • Reduces‘bad stress’
  • Increases the release of additional happy hormones
  • Decreases cortisol production
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Decreases heart rate

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