In conversation raise the subject of screen (texting, computer gaming, social media, and television) addiction. Discuss damage and solutions.
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For you, what kind of rewards could take their place? Is the promise of better health, greater happiness and well-being enough, or do you need something more or different? Share your suggestions in Comments.
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K.I.S.S the DOPAMINE HABIT GOODBYE!
Pull your own strings:
Know: Dopamine is an extremely powerful force in our bodies and minds, essential for survival, and, one to be managed with the care of a Schedule II drug, described by the US Controlled Substances Act as:
• a drug or other substance with a high potential for abuse, and
• a drug or other substance which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence
Identify: Notice thinking, conversations, foods, activities, and circumstances, especially those that are repetitively causing tension, anxiety, fear and disappointment. Until we recognize dopamine’s dominant role in our lives and deliberately put it to good use, our wellbeing and success are compromised.
Learn to recognize extreme, addictive, counter-productive behavior for what it is: dopamine-driven behavior. Clearly identify the individuals, foods, substances, entertainment, devices, and circumstances that predictably produce rushes of dopamine.
Subdue: Given a moment to pause and a few deep breaths, the body reduces dopamine levels, and defogs the brain by making pathways to the Human Brain available. The higher executive functions (page 22) of the brain, analytical thinking, emotional control, and empathy, for example, get the green light, making us instantly smarter, kinder, and more competent! When you find yourself feeling agitated, take a few deep breaths and pause for a moment. Utilize the increased clarity this provides to take a pass on thinking, conversations, activities, and entertainment that optional stress.
Stimulate: Activate healthy helpings of dopamine that are naturally released with physical activities, creativity, music, laughter, achievement, discovery, learning, or problem-solving. With repetition, like any other learned skill – walking, driving, or using a computer – the brain rewires itself to be healthier, more productive, and out from under the tyranny of dopamine.