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  • What would happen if you got rid of your phone, television, and the internet for a day?

  • I know the answer to this question thanks to my 24-hour dopamine fast!

  • It really did change my life perspective, but it's better to start my story from the beginning...

  • For as long as I can remember, television, video games, social media, and the internet have been my main ways of relaxing after long, hard days at work.

  • But one day I met one of my good friends for dinnerand everything changed.

  • We were catching up and sharing recent news when he mentioned that he'd done a 24-hour dopamine fast a week ago and how it was one of the best decisions he ever made.

  • But as he was talking about his experience, only one thought struck in my head: Is he mad?

  • Going one day without a phone, TV, computer, the internet, and even music?

  • Impossible!

  • One week went by, and I still couldn't think of anything but this dopamine fast experiment.

  • Was I really that addicted to all these modern distractions?

  • Could I pass this challenge?

  • And what was it all about?

  • Naturally, I went on the internet to find all the answers I needed...

  • Every time we eat a delicious hamburger, play our favorite video game, or scroll through Instagram posts, our brain gets an impressive amount of the hormone called dopamine.

  • This hormone gives you the satisfying feeling of euphoria, making you feel happy and content.

  • So giving in to your desire to spend hours on YouTube or Tumblr can be good for you, right?

  • Not so fast!

  • When your brain receives the first dose of dopamine, it wants more and basically encourages you to repeat this activity over and over again.

  • As a result, you get addicted to whatever it is that gives your brain dopaminewhich makes it harder to carry on in the real world.

  • To improve your mental health and help your brain get a little break, specialists suggest doing a 24-hour dopamine fast at least once every 3 months.

  • All you have to do is follow a couple of very strict rules:

  • Rule #1: No electronics.

  • This means that your computer, PlayStation, television, or any other device should be turned off for a day.

  • The only thing you can leave turned on is your phone, but don't cheat!

  • Be sure to turn off all social media notifications and use your phone only for emergency situations.

  • Don't forget that using it for anything other than urgent calls completely erases all the progress you made during the day!

  • Rule #2: No books, newspapers, or magazines.

  • Even though they can be educational, they're still a big distraction for your brain.

  • Rule #3: No internet.

  • Instead, try to live in the here and now.

  • Rule #4: No music.

  • Focus on your thoughts as opposed to shutting them down.

  • Rule #5: No junk food.

  • Your body deserves nice treatment too!

  • I'm not gonna lieall these rules seemed impossible for me to stick to.

  • But I wanted to test my willpower and see what it would be like to have a day like that.

  • So after another busy week, the challenge was finally accepted!

  • That day, I woke up at 9 a.m.

  • I decided to start off with a little workout.

  • Nothing seriousjust a couple of my favorite yoga poses to wake up my body and warm it up a little.

  • After that, I had a quick shower and a cup of tea (since my favorite coffee is forbidden).

  • The moment my morning ritual was over, I had no idea what to do!

  • By that time, I was usually already in front of my TV or trying to pass another hard level in the video game I'm playing.

  • But that day I had tons of time and not one good idea on how to spend it.

  • I decided to get some fresh air and clear my head.

  • Maybe it'd help me come up with a good plan for the rest of my dopamine-free day!

  • I went to the park nearby for a little walk, letting my thoughts and imagination run free.

  • At first, all my thoughts were circling around the things I couldn't have, like how cool it would be to have my headphones on right now or check my Twitter since I probably had loads of messages and retweets.

  • But then I started to think about my life and work.

  • It's worth mentioning that I had a hopeless project going on during that period.

  • I knew what I wanted to do, but I had no idea how.

  • As it turned out, all I needed to do to figure it all out was walk in the park for an hour!

  • As I was heading home, I had a clear idea of how to make this project a reality.

  • This little victory inspired me so much that when I was done with all the work stuff, I started analyzing my life.

  • Was I happy?

  • What could I improve to make my life more productive and fun?

  • Was I going in the right direction?

  • I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote down 2 long lists: things I'm grateful for and things I can't stand about my daily life.

  • This practice opened my eyes to problems I never noticed before, simply because I was too busy distracting myself instead of looking inside my heart for answers.

  • Once my list of things I hate was complete, I started to figure out what changes I needed to make to remove them from my life.

  • To be honest, writing these lists made me feel relieved!

  • For the first time in years, I had a clear vision of my future.

  • The next revelation for me was meditation.

  • I often do simple breathing to calm my brain, but meditation wasn't necessary that daymy mind was already calm and focused!

  • If you meditate daily too, you know that during the first couple of minutes our mind bombards us with different thoughts and it can take a while to be still and silent.

  • But during a dopamine fast, this state came easily, and I was enjoying it to the fullest!

  • The rest of my day went smoothly too.

  • I felt like I was on an emotional vacation of some sort, resetting myself and gathering strength.

  • Surprisingly, I didn't feel the urge to turn on my TV or check my phone.

  • I didn't want to scare off this sudden feeling of total harmony.

  • My friend was absolutely right, and going further with this experiment really was one of the best decisions I've ever made!

  • Now that my experiment is over and I'm using electronics, eating junk food, and reading books again, I can look back on all the lessons I've learned.

  • On the day after my dopamine fast, I didn't reach for the phone right away.

  • I enjoyed every minute of my morning routine and only then quickly checked my Instagram,

  • Facebook, and Twitter.

  • Social media and other distractions had no influence over me anymore; now they're a

  • fun bonus and not the main thing my life revolves around.

  • I started to value my time way more too.

  • After all, spending an hour on Facebook won't teach me anything useful, but spending an

  • hour brainstorming new work ideas can help me reach new heights!

  • Moreover, the ideas and lists I wrote down during my dopamine fast blossomed into work achievements and personal happiness.

  • I now start every day with a question: "How can I make my life even better?"

  • Then I move forward as opposed to staying in one place.

  • Plus, I decided to repeat my dopamine fast every month to let a breath of fresh air into my life every now and then and clear my head for new ideas and experiences!

  • If you wanna follow in my footsteps, here are a couple of tips to make your dopamine fast experience more effective:

  • Make sure you have no obligations during your dopamine fast.

  • It'll be impossible not to use technology if you have work duties or even plan lunch with friends.

  • Some dopamine fast practices even suggest you stop talking as one of the rules as this day should be about you and your mind.

  • Make a plan for your dopamine fast day.

  • Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do on the spot.

  • If you have problems with that, it's better to plan everything out beforehand.

  • Just be sure to stick to the rules!

  • Finally, try to drink more water.

  • This tip is essential for everyday life too, but on a dopamine fast it's even more important.

  • This way, you'll clear not only your mind but your body as well!

  • Would you like to try a 24-hour dopamine fast?

  • Tell me in the comment section below.

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  • Stay on the Bright Side!

What would happen if you got rid of your phone, television, and the internet for a day?

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I Tried a 24-Hour Dopamine Fast, See How It Changed My Life

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    jeremy.wang   posted on 2020/03/30
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