These are proven ways to raise dopamine in the brain. Low dopamine levels can lead to lack of motivation, fatigue, addictive behavior, mood swings and memory loss. Instead of running to a doctor for meds or turning to unhealthy ways to raise your dopamine levels, why not first try to increase dopamine naturally? Here a few ways you might want to try. There are many other ways but these could get you started!
Shake it off
Dance, Skip, jump, run, tumble, fly -Exert yourself! Doesn’t need to be a big giant workout everyday, just do something to exert yourself and raise your heartbeat for at least 1 solid minute.
Pray and be quiet
Learn how to take 5 minutes a day to pray and/or meditate. To sit in silence and in gratitude for that time.
Laugh out loud
Use the internet to laugh!!! There are so many funny things on line now! Spend a minute each day watching, reading or listening to something funny!
This may sound strange, but we have actually forgotten how to breathe. When you breathe from your chest and not your diaphragm your body doesn’t operate as well. So take a minute to focus on your breathe and really breathe deeply.
Share your story
Join a support group, connect with others, reach out to friends and family and if your depression is really debilitating seek out professional help. Remember Therapy doesn’t have to suck!
Eat your lima beans
Also, almonds, apples, avocado, bananas, beets, chocolate, coffee, fava beans, green leafy vegetables, green tea, lima beans, oatmeal, sea vegetables, sesame and pumpkin seeds, turmeric, watermelon, wheat germ
Take your vitamins
There are tons of websites and information about different supplements to increase dopamine in the brain. (Always consult a doctor before taking any new supplements!)