I am my own doctor
(* click on the underlined texts for some vibes, ek sê)
I discerned the easy embrace, the clinging infiltration.
It was easy and almost soothing, maybe like drowning…?
Then I looked up and saw the blue sky and felt the fresh day.
And it slunk away, spurned like a jackal in the face of a lion.
It will return for a sniff once or twice; such is the beast.
But I have its measure and offer scant sustenance for its cloying ploys.
I rejoice that it was sooo easy – all I did is look up and breathe!
The cur crept in on the tail of some lazy thoughts:
what a drag it is getting old and the pursuit of happiness is just a bore.
Mick Jagger sang it in 1964, would you believe!
Anyway, mother’s little helpers have been discredited.
But it isn’t really a drag, because you don’t feel old, (unless you fall over).
You may be gray and slow and can’t run, but that’s just your body.
You are your own doctor, because you choose how you feel!
Some easy ways for good health:
Never forget blue sky
Sleep is the single most important thing your brain needs for optimal functioning.
Exercise – all regular physical activity increases blood circulation and levels of many different neurochemicals and hormones in the brain
Sunlight: It is known that sunlight can affect serotonin levels …and may also influence dopamine.
Massage – boosts serotonin levels by as much as 30% and increases dopamine, activates endorphins, improves sleep, and decreases the stress hormone, cortisol.
Meditation – can increase concentrations of dopamine in the brain’s cortex.
Deciding – The act of intentionally making any decision has been shown to cause positive changes in attention and increase dopamine rewarding activity..
Setting and achieving goals – When you achieve a goal, dopamine is released. Dopamine is not only released when you cross the finish line. You get dopamine boosts at each step along the way, which helps to keep you motivated.
Habits – Habits, both good and bad, become the routine in your brain through repetition and dopamine release. Unfortunately, bad habits are the ones that often give you lots of dopamine. However, when you perform a habit – even a good one – you get a dopamine reward and it gets further wired into your brain, giving you more motivation to do it next time.
Petting a dog – Studies show that simply petting a pooch increases dopamine and endorphins.
Yoga – Yoga has been shown to increase dopamine levels – plus it reduces stress, increases oxygen to your brain with deep, slow breathing, and ups soothing GABA. Yoga helps ease depression and stress in many ways.