With summer coming to an end and back to school and work routines starting up once again, I thought it might be helpful to offer a few insights as to how to keep dopamine levels (the ‘feel good’ chemical in your brain) high throughout the day.
To Boost Dopamine…
Get Enough Sleep – 8-9hours/night, napping helps too!
Add Protein – have a little with every meal, nuts, meat, eggs, peanut butter, beans
Go Outdoors – the fresh air and natural light helps to reduce cortisol (stress chemical) quickly
Feel The Love – be intentional about giving and receiving hugs, kisses and affirming words
Play Your Favorite Music – soothes the soul and increases dopamine
Exercise – a little everyday, walking, workouts, gardening or even housework
Try Something New – new, weird or exciting things have a way of increasing feelings of happiness
Meditate – proven helpful by thousands of studies
Solve Problems – helps the mind relax
Create Small Wins – like tidying up for 10 minutes, or answering an overdue email
Avoid Dopamine Crashers – like too much sugar or caffeine, alcohol or marijuana
Eat Well – regular nourishment of healthy foods
Make Time for the Unexpected – life happens, being too rushed robs life of joy and meaning
(these thoughts were inspired by The ADHD & Asperger’s Centre)