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I wrote an article about a 30-day dopamine detox challenge a few months ago. And it’s going super well. I knew many people had this problem, but I wasn’t expecting so many to know it. So when I saw the numbers, I was surprised.
But even if the article performed well, most people still ignore this problem. So I would like to build something simple to help anyone understand if they crave dopamine too much.
The problem with too much dopamine
Dopamine is the happiness hormone. So, of course, we all crave it because it makes us feel great.
However, feeding your body too much of a specific substance diminishes its receptors as a form of adaptability. And over time, your body will become dopamine-resistant, and you will need a lot more to trigger the same feelings.
You become addicted to dopamine.
Dopamine addiction has become a growing problem over the past few years because the sources that generate it increased.
A few years ago, people had to tell you they loved what you were doing. And it didn’t happen that often.
But today, your smartphone connects you to the world. A new like or share of your post would release dopamine you couldn’t experience before.
And likes are not the only problem. Each notification has the potential to trigger a dopamine peak. And since you have tens of apps installed on your phone, even the most useless mail could make you happy.
Technically, no. You cannot become addicted to dopamine since your body produces it. But you can ruin its balance by giving your body too much of it without any effort to deserve it.
In a past article about delayed gratification , I discussed how struggling to reach a goal is more beneficial because it creates a habit of working towards a purpose. So when you finally achieve it, you also feel a well-deserved satisfaction.
You already have a 30-day challenge if you want to control your dopamine addiction. So this week, focus on identifying the obsessions keeping you from working on your goals .
Build a better work ethic and use rewards to motivate yourself instead of wasting them. Here’s an infographic to help you track your goal.
Passionate about self-improvement, personal growth, finance, and creativity. I love to inspire people to become the better version of themselves. Author @ www.cosmopolitanmindset.com
I am trying to deal with my dopamine addiction everyday. But most people don't know why they procrastinate. I hope you can learn it with this.
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