Are you a Halloween fan? Well, it seems like your body might be thanking you for that extra adrenaline dose.
According to different studies, Halloween and spook-filled activities can actually be beneficial for your health!
Although it sounds hard to believe, scary moments can lead to body relaxation. The reason behind this is the fact that fear produces adrenaline but since your brain knows that danger is not real the stress lasts for a short time. Thus, your body relaxes by releasing a flood of oxygen-rich blood cells through your body and signaling your brain to start releasing endorphins – neurotransmitters that make you feel good and relaxed.
It’s well–known that chronic stress affects your immune system. Nonetheless, a short dosage of it can strengthen it. A little dose of stress ( in this case fear) tells your body that it needs to turn up the volume of some of its antioxidant mechanisms and be more efficient in its defense against free-radicals. Thus leading to improved immunity and a stronger defense.
When you are afraid, norepinephrine is released from your adrenal glands (along with adrenaline and cortisol). These hormones are responsible for increasing your alertness and awareness, making you sharper during specific periods.
This is the reason why some people find themselves working better under pressure.
If you happen to watch a scary movie along with a group of friends or a loved one, the chances are higher for you to strengthen your bond. The reason for this lies in the fact that when we are afraid, we release oxytocin, also known as the love hormone.
Oxytocin is associated with empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship-building. So if you are considering doing some spooky activity, make sure to bring your closest one to strengthen your relationship!
Although it’s all for fun, allow yourself to recuperate. Give your body time to calm down and return to regularity before diving into the next scare. Remember, fear can be positive only when done in small doses.
Disclaimer: If you’ve got a history of heart problems or a predisposition towards anxiety, pick a calmer form of fun!
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