Ok, maybe I went for a walk and kicked up my dopamine levels…
Exercise. Yeah, I know I need to do it. Sometimes I even do it!
Self-management is the key for me to stay on my game. And that, is important. Iâ€™ve taken my coaching practice full-time as of July 1, and so if Iâ€™m off for too long, my business suffers. Well, Amy, isnâ€™t that true of everyone? Yes, to a degree, but I digressâ€¦
If you know me, Iâ€™ve got ADHD, inattentive, so getting sidetracked is common, getting started can be a nightmare, and finishing is, wellâ€¦, sometimes (often) Iâ€™ve moved on to something else already.
Making it more complicated is that I had brain surgery twice in the last three years. I had a benign tumor in my cerebellum and it impacted my overall operating capacity. And surgery, while it went well–last fall, and Iâ€™m recovering, itâ€™s still easy to land myself on the couch for a day or 3 if Iâ€™m not careful. (and then thereâ€™s a fair amount of internal whining: â€œbut I didnâ€™t even do much!â€ when it happens)
Partially at fault is my dopamine pathways. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that makes you focus on external achievement. It is typically the neurotransmitter that most stimulant ADHD meds focus on increasing. I get to rely on other ways to boost my dopamine,
like exercise (did you know: In rats, treadmill running increases the release of dopamine and upregulates the number of dopamine receptors in the reward areas of the brains (PubMED). )
Eating More Protein–I donâ€™t know what the magic number is, but if Iâ€™m eating or snacking, there should be protein involved.
Getting enough sleep–thatâ€™s an entire weeks worth of posts on itâ€™s own
Getting enough sunlight–I do live in Seattle, it is going to be cloudy for the next 8 monthsâ€¦ this is a challenge
Meditating–does Yoga Nidra (Yoga Sleep ) count?
I went for a walk. It might have taken me an hour to talk myself into it, but twenty minutes of exercise, even low-grade walking is enough to put off the blah for an hour or two.
And now, as my friend from college would say, and now, all-yaâ€™ll can read a first post!