Self Care: Getting your Daily DOSE
Here at Workskil Australia, we believe self care is important. As part of that, we are providing a series of self care resources that will support your employment endeavors. Self care is especially important in these challenging times. We are all experiencing a significant amount of change at the moment, and with COVID-19 restrictions changing in various ways across the country, it is important to remind ourselves to stay connected, focus on what we can control and practice self-care. The first in this series centres around happiness.
One of the ways you can support your well being psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, personally, physically and intellectually/professionally is by getting your daily DOSE (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins) of happiness, because believe it or not there is a formula for happiness. Whether you are currently looking for employment, working or studying, DOSE tips and tricks are here to support you.
Many neurological scientists agree that there are four main chemicals and hormones responsible for activating happiness in your brain. They also very conveniently make up the acronym DOSE;
Dopamine - is a chemical produced by our brains that makes you feel good. One way to increase your Dopamine levels is to avoid the temptation to pick up your phone before going to sleep and to get a good, regular night’s sleep.
Oxytocin – is a hormone that helps promote trust, empathy, and bonding in relationships. One way you can release it is performing acts of kindness and engaging with others.
Serotonin – is a hormone and neurotransmitter that helps regulate your mood as well as your sleep, appetite, digestion, learning ability, and memory. Boost your serotonin levels by having your lunch or coffee outside in the sun, and as you absorb the UV rays the serotonin will start flowing. Keeping a healthy diet is also important as up to 95% of serotonin is produced in the gut, and if you need an excuse to eat carbs, they have been proven to increase serotonin levels too!
Endorphins – are hormones produced by the body and they increase when you engage in reward-producing activities, such as eating, laughing and exercise. Finding humour in the day is a great way to keep your endorphins flowing as is regular, moderate exercise.
We know times are tough and that sometimes it can get the better of us and small choices made each day to engage in activities that release these neurochemicals can help to increase their levels and make you feel happier. We understand that during winter the sun isn’t always shining, and going for a 5K run every morning isn’t always practical, so for more tips, and to learn more about DOSE please click here.