The covid-19 pandemic has led many of us to feel overwhelmed and stressed. In general, the covid-19 panic, and countless situations could led us to these unwanted situations which fortunately we can avoid with just our attention, the attention we give to our ambience, people and things. Accompany me to discover how your attention can help you out in ways you would never have imagined.
How do we deal with a problem?
When we are faced with a stressful situation, we put ourselves on alert mode. As if we were in front of an aggressive animal, our body goes into tension, and adrenaline shoots up, preparing us to escape.
While it is true that when faced with a problem, a little stress is inevitable, the way in which we stand before it has to do with what we focus our attention on. Will we focus more on the possible solution, or on the problem itself?
If we see only the part of the problem, the tension can overwhelm us, making us think that it is a situation that has no solution. However, if we think about the promise of a reward, our mood in the face of a troublesome situation is totally different
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Why is dopamine a crucial factor in problem solving?
It’s important because it is the promise of that feeling of happiness that will allow us to solve the problem more quickly and effectively. By focusing on the possible solution, our mind will see ways and answers that it would not see if it is panicking just looking at the problematic part of the situation.
Dopamine is one of the many neurotransmitters that neurons use to communicate with each other and it is a substance that is not only produced by humans, but can also be produced in laboratories. Dopamine is frequently considered as the cause of pleasant sensations and the sensation of relaxation.
How is it generated?
Dopamine is produced in many parts of the nervous system, especially in the substantia nigra.
Dopamine is also a neurohormone released by the hypothalamus, where its main function is to inhibit the release of prolactin from the anterior lobe of the pituitary.
The functions of dopamine are:
Mood regulation: our mood depends largely on the levels of this neurotransmitter, hence dopamine is considered the molecule of happiness. It is linked to pleasure and all positive sensations such as well-being, joy, euphoria, etc. It stimulates us to carry out or seek pleasant situations and activities. It can also lead to addictive problems.
Locomotor function: neurotransmitters allow information from the brain to reach the muscles, allowing us to walk, run, jump and everything related to the locomotor system.
Muscle function: in the same way, information from the brain reaches the muscles, which will allow us to exert force to pick up objects, lift them, use devices, etc
Sleep regulation: allows you to regulate sleep cycles by adjusting the biological clock, controlling that dopamine levels are in line with the time of day we are in order to stay awake or by providing the need to sleep.
Regulation of cardiac activity: thanks to dopamine, blood pressure and heart rate remain at optimal levels of well-being.
Regulation of learning and memory: makes the information received remain in long-term memory and do not forget what makes learning possible.
Impact on creativity: according to a study, when the density of neuronal receptors is lower in the thalamus area (central area of the base of the brain) it corresponds to a greater tendency to creativity.
Body weight regulation: people with lower dopamine receptors tend to ingest more amounts of dopamine to achieve the level of personal satisfaction that would lead to overweight.
Regulation of sociability: the production of dopamine influences the way we relate to others. When there is an alteration in its production both by excess and by default, disorders such as schizophrenia, social phobias, bipolar disorder, ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder), antisociability, etc. arise.
Personality development: it has been observed that people with a higher level of dopamine are more fearful and stress more easily than those with a lower level, who live situations more calmly and have more self-confidence.
Need for strong emotions: all situations that generate strong emotions such as bungee jumping, parachuting, horror activities, etc., generate high peaks of dopamine that later leave a feeling of relaxation and well-being
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