As such, people who are suffering from unusually high levels of stress, anxiety or depression, are more likely than not, unconsciously seeking ways to up that dopamine level in order to feel good. It’s possibly why so many self-medicate with alcohol/drugs in order compensate for those underlying issues.
Of course when you come down, the dopamine levels and your mood come down right with it. So begins the process of chasing the dragon where you use again to reach if not comfortable levels and harmony, then
to at least get to a bearable state where you can function. It’s easy to see how this is a losing battle.
So ultimately, we have to overcome those underlying causes in order to not have to artificially manipulate those dopamine levels.
But while we’re trying to figure out those issues, isn’t there anything else we can do to sort of jump start those dopamine levels so we don’t feel so damn lousy when we decide to fact those issues?
Well, yes there is. As I said, you need to overcome those issues for lasting peace but while you’re doing that, a little dopamine boost isn’t such a bad idea, as long as you get them from someplace other than drugs or alcohol.
So where can we get that little natural and not necessarily unhealthy boost?
From our friends, the Endorphins!
Endorphins are neurotransmitters that “open up” your dopamine pathways letting more of those guys loose in your system, thus giving you the same kind of temporary relief or happiness if you will, that you get from getting high. Again being that it is only temporary, it’s not a permanent solution but you can certainly incorporate a healthy endorphin flow to your daily lifestyle. That should help when you’re trying to face those tough issues initially and then make living a little happier even if you’ve overcome them and are now OK.
So you may ask, where can I get me some of those cool happy endorphins?
There are several “sources” and you don’t have to go into back alleys to find them! That’s going to be the topic of the next few blog entries.
The first one coming up is ……………yes it can be a pain to get it going…………but the benefits are many with increased endorphin activity being just one of them…….
Yup, you guessed it- Exercise! So put on your sneakers and next time we’ll talk about how chasing little
balls around or just taking a nice long strenuous walk is beneficial.
Peace out Rolf,
PS: Enjoy the weekend folks. I myself will be exploring some of those fun endorphin outlets. While I have for the most part overcome my past issues with social anxiety, depression and stress, those things were ever present in my world for a long, long time. So I have no problem with maintaining a healthy and balanced relationship with our little endorphin friends :-)