You know that feeling of when you are first falling in love, those feelings of being so alive, of bliss and pleasure? We all have a memory or two of these experiences. You can thank your endorphins for bonding you to those memories because they have an important role to play in how that experience was stored and recalled. The question is whether it is bliss or a blast from the past?
Endorphins also get stimulated in traumatic and painful experiences because they play an equally important role in creating relief from pain, stress, anxiety and depression. As your body’s natural pain-killer, they are a hundred times more powerful than morphine!
Where there’s repeated stress or violence experiences, endorphin production can become a way to re-experience a pain-relief “high.” For example, children who have seen or experienced violence over time, may become addicted to reactivating violence and pain as a way to get their needs met for pain relief with endorphin’s powerful effect as a pain-killer!
This can manifest as a repetitive cycle in later stages of life showing up in chaotic, overdependence, or abusive relationships, addiction, gambling, violence, overspending and even eating disorders. The power of these biochemicals impact how you perceive your environment, navigate through change and this in turn, controls which endorphins get activated. It’s important to take a look at the ways memories are being activated through self-talk, coping mechanisms, and relationship. Is it bliss or the blast from the past of painful or traumatic experience? Being on the gerbil wheel of overwork, activity, chaotic relationships, or need for exposure to danger or challenge can be a telling sign that you are bonded to stress endorphin experiences. Depression, low self-esteem or the feeling of pessimism can also be a sign of being excessively bonded to pain relief endorphins. The quality of life energy available to meet challenges, handle change and to be able to face and see what is necessary to take action in the present is dependent on how much you can use positive endorphin response.
Activate the bliss experience endorphins and you positively impact the function of your body’s nervous and immune systems in a way that promotes a sense of well-being. Continually activate the stress endorphins and you begin to deplete your body’s nervous and immune systems resulting in a loss of life energy or illness. Unresolved earlier conflict can be resolved through conscious awareness and positive action. The good news is that there are many natural and easy ways to allow positive endorphin response besides love at first sight!
The following natural and easy activities create positive endorphin bonding in the present:
1) Natural Calming endorphin responses can be experienced by spending time in nature, creating beauty, or reading beautiful passages. Nurturing touch such as massage or snuggling creates natural endorphin response, as well as smiling, cooking or eating nourishing whole food, a hot bath with aromatherapy like lavender, rose, sandalwood or Ylang Ylang, relaxation, sleep, gentle music, or finding something that makes you laugh. Give yourself some downtime when you feel you are over your head. A few minutes of inner care and appreciation can make a world of difference in your day.
2) Natural energizing endorphin response can be experienced by running, skiing, surfing, bicycling,fast walking, dancing, deep and relaxed breathing, swimming,spending time with friends, spending quality time with your significant other, volunteering for a cause of your choice, and resonating with a sense of achievement and accomplishment. You can impact how you see the world and how you feel in each moment. When you’re feeling stressed, exhausted, or facing a new challenging situation, take a moment to check in with yourself. Integrate some of the above activities into your schedule daily or weekly. Make them a priority to add to your positive memory bank.
3) You can also use an empowering happy memory when you need support in the moment. The Empowering Memory Modality from Resonance Repatterning® is a wonderful way to create an anchor you can use in times of challenge or stress. Use the following recorded energetic healing modality to create a positive endorphin bonding memory: http://tinyurl.com/empoweringmemory
Kimberly Rex, MS is a Certified Resonance Repatterning and Person-Centered Expressive Therapist who works with people of all ages to release issues and update your memory bank from the past to create new possibilities for the present and future. Empower your life with free pdf download of Eight Natural Modalities to Navigate Change when you sign up for monthly newsletter to continue your journey here: http://tinyurl.com/windows2heartnews