Serotonin has a major role to play within our minds and bodies. It is the most widely talked about neurotransmitter within us and interestingly is mostly stored in the gut (linked to our desire to comfort eat when we’re feeling low). When we are producing a steady flow of Serotonin then we are calm, happy and brave. We feel more confident in situations at work and socially and therefore feel more motivated to challenge ourselves. There are many links between low levels of Serotonin and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and when we are not producing enough Serotonin it can also make us feel hungrier and therefore gain weight.

But the great news is that we can all take action to increase our levels of Serotonin in a natural way, with just small adaptations to our current life in most cases.

So how can we do this? Well Serotonin is a reward chemical and we are rewarded when we do many activities such as interacting in a positive way, feeling a sense of purpose, gaining respect and feeling that we have achieved something. I have listed a few different ways to increase your Serotonin levels below to give you some guidance.

  • Completing a task (big or small) that you have been putting off doing
  • Ringing a friend
  • Joining a group
  • Reflecting on a time of success
  • Looking back on some happy photo’s
  • Getting some extra daylight into your day
  • Gratitude – making a note of the things that you feel good about every night
  • Challenging yourself to achieve something new

These are just a few examples but there are many more. The challenge is to add something into your everyday life to increase your natural flow of Serotonin and increase that feeling of inner balance. I’m running the challenge over on my Facebook page (@haworthhypnotherapy in July 2019)

Sharon Thompson

Virtual Mindset Coach and Clinical HypnotherapistSerotonin chemistry image