Life-changing strategy to become a better you
The desire to be a better version of ourselves is a common thought many people ponder on. People desire various things like more money, women, power, sex, a better career. The pleasure we seek to attain from achieving this desire is influenced by the ‘’feel good’’ chemical — Dopamine found in our brains.
These desires are fueled by a reward system developed over time, which is linked to the pleasure of attainment — the ability to afford the things we love, influence, attention from people we admire, or even pleasure after sex.
What is dopamine?
Dopamine is a chemical that ferries information between neurons found in our brains. This chemical is released when we eat food that we crave or while we have sex, contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction as part of the reward system. But excessive secretion of this chemical can lead to underachievement and not fulfilling your potential.
To become a better version of yourself it is important to carry out a Dopamine Detox.
How to carry out a dopamine detox
Because Dopamine is a feel-good chemical, humans tend to do activities that are less taking and will give them immediate pleasure. For example, you get less of dopamine when you study, clean your home, compared to watching entertaining videos on Youtube, liking pictures on Instagram, binge-watching Netflix shows.
This is because the latter activities require little or no effort and give you more enjoyment, hence you are drawn to doing them rather than the former.
Dopamine detox requires small, gradual implementation, and denial of some pleasures you get from these fun activities.
- The first thing to do is to identify what takes your time — movies, IG, Netflix, endless phone chats?
- What is your morning routine like? the first thing you do when you wake up?- pick up the phone and start texting, meditate, pray, or exercise?
Whatever it is, choose a day of the week where you would totally not perform that activity.
For example, if it’s movies, you pick a day e.g Friday as your ‘’no movie day’’, fill up that hour with something not as entertaining — read a book, work on your side business, take an online course, apply for jobs, etc.
If you start off your day pressing your phone (I’m guilty of this at times 😪), you can avoid that by not charging your phone near your bed or only pressing the phone when you have completed one of your daily tasks e.g sweeping, 10-minute exercise, prayer, etc.
The trick is to deny yourself of that activity which gives you the dopamine you crave and fill it with a less pleasurable activity, which is more rewarding.
How to increase dopamine and boost your productivity
Another trick to dopamine detox is by starting off your day doing tasks that aren’t pleasurable but productive first — e.g reading, exercise, meditating, etc and rewarding yourself with the pleasurable (dopamine inducing) tasks. How do you do that?
Let’s say you spend two hours studying, you can reward yourself with 15 minutes of IG during your study break. You finish a three hours course and you reward yourself with two episodes of your favourite Netflix show.
You spend the best part of your day doing the ‘’boring’’ work and you reward yourself with the dopamine enjoyment later. e.g 5 hours of studying, learning, and two hours of movies at the end of the day as your reward.
Denying your body the activities which increase dopamine levels could be the difference between the current version of you and the one you desire.
As with everything, just start! Your future self will thank you for it.
What strategy have you applied to make improvements in your life? Share in the comments below