Dopamine is an important compound inside of your body. It is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s pleasure centers. It regulates movement and emotional response and enables us not to just enjoy rewards, but to take action go get more rewards.
Dopamine is powerful and is directly responsible for motivation and focus. Who doesn’t want to be more focused and motivated? And yes, you can increase your dopamine! How?
1. Stay clear of addictive things.
Sugar, sex, shopping, drugs, pornography – you can get addicted to all sorts of different things and they often kill dopamine levels in the brain long-term. You can think of it as a “quick hit,” which subsequently depletes your dopamine levels. Addiction is not sustainable.
2. Get organized.
It may seem unlikely, but dopamine actually increases when we are organized and finish tasks, small or large. It feels good to do something you set out to do, like clean your kitchen or run a mile. Make a check list and do all the stuff on it!
Yep. Exercise boosts your dopamine levels. It helps relieve stress and makes us more productive too. Exercise also increases serotonin and endorphins as well. Even just running up some stairs or going for a walk gives you a dopamine bolt.
4. Get on a roll.
So you’ve finished your homework, killed it at work, came home, cleaned the house, wrote a letter to your grandma – you’re on a roll! Keep that roll going. Take on a couple more chores. Read a book. Get some exercise. Keeping up with things in your life increases your dopamine levels. Get on a roll!
5. Listen to bumpin’ music.
That feeling you get, that really happy feeling when your favorite song comes on? The reason you get so happy is because your dopamine levels increase. So when you’re feeling down, throw on some good tunes!
There are tons of benefits to meditation, and you can add this one to the list. Meditation is actually great at breaking out of addictive habits. One way is due to meditation flooding the brain with dopamine, reducing your need for that one awesome reward stimulus you’ve grown accustomed to.
7. Eat foods with Tyrosine.
Tyrosine is important for producing dopamine. It’s one of the compound’s building blocks. It’s just as important as protein to your body. Here’s a brief list of foods high in Tyrosine:
- Green tea