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Stuck at Home? How to Keep Up Your Happy Chemicals

Redirect your focus from threat signals to reward chemicals: a simple strategy

You have power over your brain! You can stimulate your dopamine even when life is unpredictable. You can stimulate your oxytocin without following the herd. You can avoid a cortisol spiral, even when others panic. Here’s how these chemicals work in animals so you can find what makes them work in you.

This video introduces our reward chemicals and threat chemicals, and simple ways to manage them at a time when you’re stuck at home.
Dopamine is your brain’s reward signal when you expect to meet a need. Today, you don’t know what to expect so it’s hard to stimulate dopamine in the usual ways. The video helps you design steps toward meet your needs and thus keep stimulating those reward chemicals.
Cortisol is your brain’s threat signal. Our brain defines threats in a quirky way, so we all end up with quirky cortisol surges. You have a full-body sense of survival threat when your cortisol is on, even if you’re not consciously thinking that. The video shows you how to avoid a cortisol spiral despite the spiraling of those around you.
Oxytocin is the good feeling of social trust. It’s complicated, alas, because mammals have conflict in their social groups, so they tend to bond around threats. It’s tempting to bond around threats when you’re feeling isolated. Cortisol results! Fortunately, you can redirect your brain toward more positive social-trust strategies.

Our happy chemicals are inherited from earlier mammals. They evolved to promote survival, not to make you feel good all the time. You can find healthy ways to stimulate them when you understand the job they’re designed to do. It’s not easy being mammal, but you have power over your brain. Free resources on how to do this are at Inner Mammal Institute, and my free video series, YouHavePowerOverYourBrain.com. Lots more detail in my books:

Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels

Tame Your Anxiety: Rewiring Your Brain for Happiness

The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns By Changing Your Brain Chemistry

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