When we are burnt-out, our brain doesn’t have much dopamine floating around. It is in survival mode. Dopamine is what gives us motivation and satisfaction. Many times, our brain will try to feel better by seeking out large amounts of dopamine from external sources, such as sugary snacks, alcohol, social media, or online shopping. These are all examples of concentrated pleasures, which give our brain a large amount of dopamine all at once. When we seek these things out, our brain then prefers these things over natural pleasures. This is problematic in a couple of ways–first, the natural pleasures help us decrease burnout, and secondly, the concentrated pleasures usually lead to negative results for us. Come listen to learn if you are using natural or concentrated pleasures for dopamine, and how to harness natural sources of dopamine to reverse your burnout.
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