When humans enter a relationship, an interesting series of chemical reactions start to happen throughout the nervous system and hormones. Keep reading to find out some of what happens to your body when you fall in love.
As teenagers, having a crush left you with butterflies in your stomach and a pounding heart. This keeps up even into adulthood but it is nothing to be worried about. They are just the body’s subtle warnings that mean you are falling in love… or lust, as the case may be. Below are some of the signs,
In a 2010 study conducted at Rutgers University, researchers concluded that the feeling of falling in love is similar to the sensation of feeling addicted to drugs because it also triggers the release of euphoria, including brain chemicals like dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline, and vasopressin.
According to Kat Van Kirk, PhD, a clinical sexologist and licensed marriage and family therapist, these chemicals get released at various points of attraction and are there to aid the bonding process. As with drugs, the more time you spend with this person, the more addicted you will get.
Having several glasses of wine can leave you feeling less inhibited and more boastful, just like oxytocin. According to a study conducted in Birmingham, oxytocin and alcohol impact different areas of the brain however they have similar results.
Just before a date, your heart rate might pick up and your palms may get sweaty. This is due to the stimulation of adrenaline and norepinephrine. This can trigger a desire to focus your attention on that one person.
When in love with someone and they are around your personal space, there is a stimulation in your nervous system that causes your eyes to dilate.
It is possible to lose your appetite or feel queasy when you start seeing a new person. It’s your body trying to tell you that you truly like the person. Dr Kirk said:
“Lovesickness may actually be the stress hormone cortisol contracting the blood vessels in your stomach, making you feel sick.” Fortunately, this fades over time as you get used to being with the person.
There are stories of scared moms lifting cars off their trapped kids. It may seem impossible however there is anecdotal evidence that suggests it happens. Sadly it is impossible to make scientific probes about this because it is hard to replicate the circumstances that trigger the phenomenon.
Which one of these have you observed?