Dopamine is a neurotransmitter – or chemical brain messenger – linked to how we feel motivation to do things. It has often incorrectly been called the “pleasure chemical”.
“Dopamine release can be triggered by a range of external stimuli, especially unexpected salient events,” says Joshua Berke, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. “These could range from sudden unpleasant loud noises to stimuli that, through prior experience, have become associated with reward.”
Dopamine Fasting is about "deliberately avoiding these common stimulants – which we see as pleasurable activities – we can decrease the amount of dopamine in our brain. Then, after the fast, when we re-engage with these stimulants, we enjoy them more and our lives feel better."
I like the idea of taking a break from extra stimuli. I'm not sure this isn't too far for me.
I do like to take an internet vacation every few months where I go a week or more without the internet. But it's hard these days because of my etsy shop and other things need checking daily. I miss it.