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There’s no stronger feeling than dopamine.
We seek it, and we love it. And we desire it every second of our lives.
But too much dopamine can become dangerous.
If you engage in activities that release too much dopamine, your brain gets used to it . And soon enough, you enter a vicious cycle that is hard to escape. Your motivation will lower , and your mood will worsen . And then, your productivity will drop as well.
The correlation between dopamine and productivity might be slim. But it exists. And it has a significant impact on your life.
Our brain tries to balance neurotransmitters to function at its best. But when over-stimulated, it will adapt by reducing the dopamine receptors (downregulation). Therefore, next time, it will require more dopamine to feel the same level of satisfaction. And over time, you will rarely feel satisfied anymore.
Besides all the mental health problems , productivity will suffer the most from your dopamine addiction.
So if you want to boost your productivity, here is a complete guide from my successful 30-day dopamine detox challenge.
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A 30-day dopamine detox won’t be easy. I know because I failed many times before my first successful attempt. But the rewards are worth the pain.
My first successful challenge improved my mental health, motivation, social life, and overall well-being. But it also helped my productivity.
In the following months, I experienced at least three other benefits.
Each person receives dopamine refills from different activities.
Some people spend too much time on social media. Others might consume video content on YouTube or Netflix.
Part of the population has an addiction to sugary and fatty meals or video games. And others suffer because of uncontrollable shopping or attention needs.
Everyone is different. So, the best way to make a 30-day dopamine detox challenge is to prepare yourself and learn your triggers.
But how can you optimize preparation?
During my dopamine detox, I only had one goal – writing more. So, I replaced my needs with writing. And every time my body wanted pleasure, I gave it hard work.
My plan was easy but effective. I recharged with dopamine only once I finished the article. But that recharge was healthy because I have worked for it. And it healed me.
So, to make a dopamine detox set a goal for something you want to achieve during the next 30 days. And then stick to it.
My first dopamine detox failed because I didn’t know my addictions. And once I came close to an activity that made me feel good, I stumbled and fell. So, you must identify the tasks and substances that trigger dopamine release in your brain.
So, search for your addictions. But search them consciously because not every activity that triggers dopamine is terrible for your productivity.
Spending time with friends and playing video games both release dopamine. But the first one is healthier than the second. And you still need to keep some dopamine sources in your routine.
Addictions are activities that fill your brain with dopamine. But each has a trigger. And, for me, turning on my home PC in the morning was one of the worst ones.
In a dopamine detox, you must remove triggers that could interfere with your progress.
So, based on your addiction, turn off the notifications, delete social media apps, or avoid places with many sugary or fatty treats. Don’t turn on your TV if you watch too much Netflix. Leave your laptop in another room if you can’t stop playing video games.
My first dopamine detox challenge ended because I couldn’t rely on myself to keep going for at least 30 days.
I didn’t have an accountability system. And for this reason, I failed. So, you must find something that helps you stay on track when you are about to give up.
Usually, the best accountability systems are people who check on your progress and support you when your willpower falters. But, if you don’t have anyone, you can use habit-tracking apps.
A 30-day dopamine detox challenge must have three things:
And since the challenge is personal, you can define these points yourself. You know better what to stop doing and which activities could help you cope with a dopamine shortage.
But you also need a control system to resist the urge of dopamine. And for that, I suggest using mindfulness.
Mindfulness is an incredible relaxation technique. It makes you aware of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. And you can use it to recognize when your need for dopamine becomes unbearable to act preemptively.
If you practice with perseverance, you will learn to identify the triggers that lead to dopamine release in your brain. You will explore your feelings and your coping system. And you will gain a strategic advantage over your addictions.
I suggest starting with apps like Headspace or Petit BamBou.
Tracking progress and celebrating milestones is vital for success. And if you do it properly, you will overcome challenges easier. So, I prepared a 30-day dopamine detox graphic you can print and use for free. [You can find it here.]
For a successful challenge, track your progress every day. Set the alarm in the evening, and take 10 minutes to fill your challenge sheets.
After the challenge, you must find a way to balance your dopamine needs and reintroduce them into your life.
But how can you do that?
A 30-day dopamine detox has many benefits. It helps you achieve better motivation, focus, concentration, creativity, and productivity.
However, preparing and doing a dopamine detox is challenging. But if you do, you can build a healthier dopamine balance that helps you resist short-term relapses for powerful long-term gratification.
You only need four things to prepare at best:
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
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