Today is World Mental Health Day. As part of that, I wanted to release a short video giving you, one of my best tips to help with mental health. I’m thinking specifically, stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s this notion of dose D O S E:
D is for dopamine
O is for oxytocin
S for serotonin
E for endorphins.
Ways that you can bring more DOSE, or a dose of happiness into your life.
There’s so many different ways you can look at mental health, right? I’m just picking this one particular area, this one particular nuance of mental health that you can focus on.
How to get more dopamine
What behaviours give you a little hit of dopamine? For me, it’s exercise. It’s accomplishing things in context, and in perspective.
How to get more Oxytocin
Oxytocin is the love and the connection and the bonding hormone. I get a lot of oxytocin when I look into my dog’s eyes, for example, oxytocin comes through connection. I get oxytocin when I do things for something that’s bigger than me. For a charity, for example.
How to get more serotonin
Serotonin, we get it from light. We can get it from foods. We can get it from, from exercise to a point as well. So what can you do to improve the levels of serotonin in the brain and in the guts where most of our serotonin apparently resides.
How to get more endorphins
Endorphins interact with pain receptors in the body. And we tend to get endorphins through things like stretching, exercise, so the runner’s high is that kind of tingle of endorphins.
The importance of connection in wellbeing
We can get almost all of the D O S E hormones, though some form of connection. Massage, for example, although it’s not as easy to get at the moment at time of recording, but massage covers off a lot of those different areas of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins, connection covers almost all of them.
When we truly connect with another sentient being, we can experience dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.
So my overriding message is think D.O.S.E, a dose of connection, truly connect with yourself, with others, with things that you’re passionate about and find important and fulfilling.
The World Health Organisations campaign for this year is increased investment in mental health.
The economic consequences of the pandemic are already being felt, as companies let staff go in an effort to save their businesses, or indeed shut down completely.
Given past experience of emergencies, it is expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years. Investment in mental health programmes at the national and international levels, which have already suffered from years of chronic underfunding, is now more important than it has ever been.
This is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.World Health Organisation
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