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Delicious Dopamine – The superpower hormone
by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

The neurotransmitter Dopamine is my absolute favourite!

It is the superpower that brings you pleasure, reward, focus, concentration, motivation, attention & drive. It gives you that feeling of get up and go, being on top of the world and able to cope with anything.

Children with ADHD, ADD, PDA, EFD and for some people on the autism spectrum, their brains do not produce enough dopamine. Hence, they are not wilful or naughty – these are not “conduct disorders “as the government still call them. It is the way their brains are wired.

Those with anxiety, depression, any sort of mental health illness or challenge will also very often be deficient in dopamine.

Those with disabilities or different abilities are 2-6x more likely to pick up additional mental health issues … and those were the statistics before Covid.

So, for those of you who dislike touch, I have shared some yoga poses to naturally stimulate your dopamine. I have also included a little massage and acupressure for those of you who do like touch.

These techniques and tips can be done whether you’re isolating alone, in a bubble, in hospital or by whether you’re in a wheelchair or have mobility issues.

They are inclusive of everyone regardless of situation, budget, disability, different ability and for those of you who are neurotypical too.

So have fun with these and let us begin to take charge of our own mental health during these fearful and uncertain times.

Let us give everything that is happening out there a good kick and fill ourselves with this superpower!!

See you next week. Stay safe and take care, Giuliana

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