Dopamine is essential to making us feel good. It is a chemical that gets released in the brain actually known as the “feel good chemical.”
When we don’t have enough dopamine, we can feel like we are in a funk or even depressed for no reason. It also plays a critical role in the way our brain controls our movements, but we won’t get into the science of that here in this article.
If you are feeling down or depressed, we have listed some natural ways to boost your dopamine and feel better almost instantly. Yes, zero medications!
Exercise can boost your levels of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, which will not only strengthen your muscles but will help reduce your stress. The best bit? It works with any exercise – just as long as you get moving!
2. Avoid Addictions.
While addictions may provide an instant boost of pleasure, it isn’t long-lasting. What eventually happens is that your base levels of dopamine will actually decrease and you will need your addiction more often. Therefore, it can be beneficial to avoid addictions and focus on things that give you calm and peace.
Toxins and unhealthy bacteria can halt your body producing dopamine, so make sure to consistently detoxify your body.
4. Increase Tyrosine.
This amino acid is one of the most important for the production of dopamine. Make sure to consume almonds, bananas, dark chocolate and green tea.
Music increases your feel good chemicals, so make sure to regularly listen to music you enjoy.
6. Organize your life.
When you complete a goal, dopamine levels are increased. Therefore, write down your tasks, even small ones, and tick them off once you complete them. Every time you finish a task, you’ll experience a little rush of dopamine for completing your goal.
Being creative releases dopamine. The great thing is creativity can be found in a whole range of tasks from writing to singing to dancing.
8. Get a streak going.
This is a visual display of the number of times you achieve something. Again, by displaying things you achieve, your brain will recognize that you’re completing goals which will increase dopamine.
These are the supplements that can boost dopamine levels:
- Ginkgo Biloba
Meditation actually physically rewires your brain in positive ways when done consistently over time. Here’s a great article and video on how to start a meditation practice.