What is it about chocolate?
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Nicola Pilgrim MBACP Accred
8th September, 20090 Comments
So why is it that when we are sad, we have a tendency to turn to chocolate?
Eating chocolate increases the levels of endorphins released into the brain, giving credence to the claim that chocolate is a comfort food. The endorphins work to lessen pain and decrease stress. Another common neurotransmitter affected by chocolate is serotonin. Serotonin is known as an anti-depressant. One of the chemicals which cause the release of serotonin is tryptophan found in, among other things, chocolate.
As humans, we seem to instinctively gravitate towards things that help us feel good. Counselling may be something that you could turn to that would also help you. It can help you to look at things in a different perspective and give you ideas on how to change your life for the better.
Just knowing that you are trying to improve your life can help to lift your spirits. And if you think you might have over indulged on the chocolate fix, you could always try exercise! That too increases the release of Serotonin, which can help as a great mood lifter.
So go for it, make an appointment with a counsellor and then reach for that chocolate bar!
Related articles from our experts
Lorraine Green, MBACP (Reg)October 23rd, 2016
Rav Sekhon MA MBACPOctober 18th, 2016
Louise Gulley PGDip, MBACP, Counselling & PsychotherapyOctober 10th, 2016
Andrea Harrn Psychotherapist and Author of The Mood CardsMay 13th, 2011
Imi Lo: Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Supervisor (MMH,UKCP,HCPC,MBPsS)March 29th, 2015
Keeley Townsend BA (Hons), Ad.Dip.CP with Distinction, MNCS (Acc)December 14th, 2009
Counselling Directory is not responsible for the articles published by members. The views expressed are those of the member who wrote the article.