Can you imagine being told that it’s good to eat chocolate to produce dopamine, wow. I think we need to be a bit cautious here, as milk chocolate might not agree with your microbiome, so instead go for dark chocolate, and then on the serious side, we need to eat protein. And because our gut and brain are linked, we need to eat probiotics to improve our mood.
The feel good or reward chemical, Dopamine is also released when we exercise. So find what exercise suits you, that you enjoy and activate your dopamine.
Do get a good nights sleep as when it’s time to wake up in the morning, the brain is flooded with dopamine.
Listening to music that you love is another way of releasing dopamine. I like dancing around like an idiot listening to music of my choice.
We also get little dopamine ‘hits’ from checking items off a to-do list, I have to own up to this.
And meditation is another good way of releasing dopamine, research has found a good increase in dopamine after meditation, as opposed to resting quietly.
And lastly get some dopamine boosting sunshine, it will also improve your mood.
And now on to oxytocin. There is an overlap in what these chemicals can do, so forgive me for repeating myself. Oxytocin is the bonding molecule, which is linked to hugs and touch. So here comes the repeat bit:
Hugs, hugs, hugs, long and caring ones
Try yoga… or walking in nature
Listen to music — or make your own like I do when I dance around like an idiot
Get a treatment, Bowen of course
Tell someone how much you care. …this is such a nice thing to do, and I think you should do it as often as you can, it feels good for you and there other person
Spend time with your friends … when we are around other people, especially in close contact, it gives us a feeling of safety, belonging and calmness.
And of course, meditate …
And make your conversations count, thats important, make them deep ones.
And now… Serotonin, it helps us make choices and is helped along by exercise, meditation, putting our bodies in the sunlight, getting a treatment, being with friends and family, and eating unprocessed wholesome food.
I did warn you about the overlap, at least you can trigger more than one of these happy hormones by doing much the same thing – all good news.
And lastly Endorphins, the pain relief hormone that also increases our feelings of wellbeing when exercising, eating chillies and chocolate, meditating, and having a good laugh with friends and family.
So it’s not about a quick fix, but it is about knowing how to find your triggers for motivation, wellbeing, by familiarising yourself with your happy hormones.