This Weird Concept Helps to Get You “High” On Life

How “Dopamine Fasting” Can Reset Your Brain & Make Everything More Enjoyable

I must admit I was skeptical of this concept when I was first introduced to it. But after 30 days of trying it myself, I’m convinced that this can have powerful implications for most people. Really. Sh*t was badass.

So let’s first discuss what dopamine is. It’s a neurotransmitter in the brain which creates motivation for a variety of activities including exercise, socializing, etc. and it rewards us for behaviors that we find enjoyable and tells us that we should continue to engage in them.

Now before the rapid advancement of technology, dopamine was incredibly helpful for us. Wanting to exercise, socialize, read, etc. is a fantastic thing. But the modern tech industry, specifically cellphone app developers, have deliberately created software that that give us huge hits of dopamine. And this has made us addicted to our phones, rewiring our brains to ignore things that are actually beneficial and instead focus on aimlessly scrolling social media.

This is how they are able to keep people on their phones for so long—we’re waiting for the next “hit” from a ‘like’, ‘comment’, ‘message’, etc. And each time we get that hit, it reinforces our brains to stay on our screens. These apps work like slot machines at casinos, making us come back for more and more.

And that’s not only leading us to waste an incredible amount of time, but it’s actually f*cking with our sleep patterns, our ability to concentrate, and our creative thought process. So obviously the negative impact of screens on our mental and physical health is undeniable.

So what is dopamine fasting? It’s a new trend that has recently surged to “reset” our brains to avoid wasting time on apps that do not add true value to our lives. And the extreme side of this says to avoid all things that trigger dopamine, but that would include exercising, socializing, etc. I don’t know about you, but that certainly doesn’t sound healthy to me.

So if we want to take back control of our brains and attention from our phone screens to something more productive and valuable, then we need to address our reactions to our phones. And that’s where dopamine fasting comes in.

Doing a digital detox and replacing the time you were spending on your phone with enjoyable activities that give you a slower release of dopamine will do wonders for your brain. And make sure that you’re avoiding screens altogether. TV, video games, etc are just as toxic. So put all this technology down and get back to the basics! Go for a hike, a swim, toss a frisbee. ANYTHING!

By removing the instant gratification triggers of dopamine in your life, you’ll get a far healthier and more productive “high” than a useless ‘like’ on your photo.

Hope you enjoyed the read.

Much Love,

The Venice Beach Rat