fearless 2.0 Posted September 5, 2022 Report Share Posted September 5, 2022 Hi, Im back! ( and sincerely hope to stay longer than last time...) why dopamine, you ask? During summer I have stopped consuming alcohol and will have 100 days as a non drinker this week. While researching on the topic of addictive behavior I got into listening to HubermanLab Podcasts which are introductions into brain science. I realised that through years of taking strong medication and also my mental health history my dopamine houshold it pretty out of whack. ( my original diagnosis as a college student was schizophrenia, ten years ago they changed that into bipolar, this year the diagnosis was changed to having depressive phases .. Im doing so much better!) while trying to quit smoking as well I was prescribed Wellbutrin, an antidepressive drug that lets the brain have more dopamine and helps you with the quitting process. And it felt glorious! I was energized, motivated and everything seemed just a bit lighter. Unfortunately taking this medication long term doesnt help with natural dopamine production at all, and when you stop talking it, you will feel not so great. I have stopped taking Wellbutrin after 10 days because I didnt manage to quit smoking. (I tried 3 times this summer.) the following actions are good for naturally producing a healthy amount of dopamine: PROTOCOL: walking/dogwalks I am injured for the 1284658th time ,but if I walk slow and with short steps Im not in pain. I will do the mini challenge with my pup and although it will be raining constantly for weeks starting Wednesday I will go out there and try to walk as much as I can. I wont count my steps or kilometers, I just want the intrinsic joy of moving outside with my dogs butt in front of me. walk every day. ( already doing 4k a day regularly) If you can, walk twice a day. cold showers in the morning Apparently the shock of cold water gives you a boost of dopamine which is not only short term, but lasts quite a while. I will shower with warm water and before getting out I will use very cold water on my body... shrieking and trembling is what I want. keep eating keto if you cut out sugar its good for your brain and dopamine production. I have eaten keto for years now (with breaks) and will just keep doing so. Also Ive lost 8kg this year and would love to get down some more. intermittent fasting gives your brain a bit of dopamine and is very good in combination with keto. I will not eat before noon and gradually reduce my eating window. enjoy the hard work/process I learned that if you focus on hard tasks like writing, you can learn to enjoy the process more than reaching your goal. It has to be a feeling of intrinsic work. Lets you produce dopamine while doing hard things! what's not to love! Im prepping for NANOWRIMO again and have to write the concept for a training for social workers on mental health, which I am hired to do twice in October. I can sit down on my free days to write. enjoy your coffee Hubermann found, coffee is helping the brain develop more receptors for dopamine, which means: coffee is something I can drink and enjoy, knowing its actually doing my brain a favor. and as I take a break from smoking cessation for now I will have very happy moments with coffee and cigarettes. this protocol will be done daily except for the process of writing, which I can do on my free days ( Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday). If this strategy is too much for me to tackle at once, Im allowed to take it down a notch. Ive been pushing myself hard all summer and feel its completely fine if I only manage to do some of this stuff. But Im definitely will be pushing myself a bit. 5 4 Quote be fearlessly yourself! Link to comment
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