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Unlock Your Motivation: Hacking Your Dopamine with Celebration Rewards

As someone that has a neurodivergent brain, I know that finding motivation for tasks that may not come naturally can be challenging. However, I’ve been inspired by posts on social media about the power of celebration rewards and have started incorporating them into my routine. I have felt slightly more enthusiastic and hopeful that this method will work for my neurodivergent brain.

Dopamine is a chemical in our brain that gives us a sense of happiness and pleasure. When we complete a task or achieve a goal, dopamine is released, bringing a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. But what happens when finding the motivation to complete a task is a challenge? That’s where celebration rewards come in.

People with ADHD or neurodivergence may have difficulty with dopamine and motivation due to the unique way their brain processes information. Neurodivergence, such as ADHD, affects the brain’s ability to regulate and control certain functions, including the release of dopamine. As a result, individuals with ADHD may struggle with motivation, as they may not experience the same level of dopamine release as their peers when completing tasks or achieving goals.

Additionally, ADHD can also lead to distractibility and impulsiveness, making it difficult to stick with a task long enough to experience the dopamine release associated with its completion. Therefore, finding alternative ways to hack dopamine levels and increase motivation, such as through celebration rewards, could be especially beneficial for those with ADHD or neurodivergence.

Celebration rewards involve celebrating before, during, or after you complete a task that you may not necessarily enjoy doing. Celebrating triggers the release of dopamine, which reinforces positive feelings and makes it easier to find the motivation to do the task again in the future. Whether it’s a cheer, a dance, or a small celebration with friends or family, the goal is to celebrate the completion of the task and reward yourself for doing it.

There are many small ways to celebrate your accomplishments. High fives, congratulating yourself and saying “good job” are just a few examples. Personally, I have been trying a celebratory dance before, during and after doing something that is hard to get motivated to do. But it’s important to find what works best for you and make it a part of your routine. I do think it’s important and I saw it mentioned elsewhere, that consuming something not be a celebration. So no food, drugs, alcohol etc as a reward. I believe that this is important because many neurodivergent people have the ability to easily create bad habits or have a predisposition towards addiction.

Celebration rewards could be a tool for those with neurodivergence to hack their dopamine levels and find the motivation to complete tasks. Give it a try and see if it works for you, and I will hopefully have an update on my own experience with it.

Please keep in mind that I am very much NOT a medical professional or mental health professional. I am just a random voice on the internet experiencing the same thing as many other people and trying something out. Do not take my article (or articles) as hard truth or “gospel”.

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