Self Care Tips from The Sages’ Sanctuary — Day 5 — The Connection Between Doing Stuff And Feeling Good
Get yourself a dose of Dopamine and Feel Good!
We are hard wired for taking action and getting stuff done. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Our survival as a society depends on the actions of lots of different people. We each do our part and everything runs smoothly. So it is really makes sense then that we have an internal mechanism hard wired into our brain that rewards us for getting things done.
I’m sure you’ve seen this in action in your own life. You feel proud, accomplished, and happy when you wrap up a big work project, or finish reorganizing your closet. It’s a good feeling and it’s what drives us to get things done on a regular basis. It’s motivation to take action and get down to work.
On the other hand, when we don’t have anything meaningful to do and we don’t feel like we’re contributing, we tend to get depressed. People who don’t have a fulfilling job or feel unappreciated in their home, or feel like the work they do is useless, are much more likely to feel down, tired, sad, and depressed.
The best way to turn that around is to find something, anything we can do to make us feel fulfilled and productive. If we feel like we’re contributing to others, having a positive impact on their lives, all the better. Give it a try. The next time you feel down, force yourself to do one little productive thing. Go clean the bathroom, organize your book shelf, or do a load of laundry. Then use the accomplishment from that to motivate yourself to get something else done. But don’t forget to applaud and appreciate yourself for what you did first! Keep building on it, and before you know it you’ll notice your mood changing for the better. Keep the things small and very doable.
If you want to supercharge this experience, go out and do something productive that helps others. Go work at a soup kitchen for a couple of hours, or help out at your local animal shelter. Offer to baby sit for a friend with little kids who hasn’t gotten out all week. Do something that benefits someone else and you’ll feel even better than before.
For the long run, make it a goal to work at a job, or build a business or change things at home that helps fuel this feeling of contributing and giving back as well as getting back. Wouldn’t it be great if the hours you spent earning a living each week, also contributed to your overall happiness and a feeling of fulfillment?
What can you do this week or this month to work towards this goal? That’s where you want to start and in the meantime, keep taking small actions and make sure they are actions that contribute to you feeling happy and accomplished.
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This is a series for people who support other people such as coaches and therapists, pastors and carers.
People who are passionate about their work and their clients but struggling to find a way to feel as positive as they want to in our Covid world.
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This is a time when most of us are scared. Nothing is known or predictable and we need to call on reserves of creativity, energy and hope to get by and get on no matter what.
We can do that — but we need to do it together. This is not a time to be a Lone Ranger, coping and getting by on your own. It is a time to reach out and ask for help, get help and give help — the foundations for flourishing and thriving.
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