My Dopamine Fast – The Aftermath

Despite cheating on the food component of my stimulation fast, the day felt successful. But did those effects carry over into the coming days? Was it worth it? Would I do it again? My short answer is "yes." For one, I found a fresh appreciation for the technology in my life. Podcasts, audiobooks, and music … Continue reading My Dopamine Fast – The Aftermath

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My Dopamine Fast – The Experience

Note: All pictures are gleaned from past experiences or Google Images. I took no photos during the fast. Last week, I described my limited knowledge and motivations behind doing a "dopamine fast" (or what I refer to as a "stimulation fast"). I felt strange excitement about waking up and doing next to nothing all day. … Continue reading My Dopamine Fast – The Experience

Self-Protective Self-Criticism

Source:  Self-Compassion - Kristin Neff Bold italicized sentences indicate book quotes. Why are so many of us so hard on ourselves?  It feels counter-intuitive. We want to succeed and become the best versions of ourselves. It makes no sense to self-sabotage with self-destructive thinking. Kristen Neff, psychologist and self-compassion specialist, suggests a straightforward explanation for … Continue reading Self-Protective Self-Criticism