Lockdown has many of us feeling uninspired and uninterested. Kishen Tanna’s new video gives us the best ways to get back on our feet.
Kishen knows that quarantine and being stuck inside has affected us all. For the most part, it’s affected our motivation and our want to pursue practically anything.
The easiest way to increase our motivation, Kishen tell us, is to increase our dopamine levels. Dopamine is a chemical released by neurons to send signals to other nerve cells. Simply put, it’s what makes us feel good; it’s the part in our brains that make us “get up and go”, he explains.
In Kishen’s video, he lists five ways we can increase the dopamine levels in our brain.
The first method is by increasing our consumption of tyrosine, which is an amino acid that improves focus. “Before you click off this video, open up Amazon and type in ‘tyrosine supplement’, wait,” warns Kishen. There are plenty of foods that naturally have tyrosine that we can include in our diets. Cheese, tofu, chicken, avocado and banana are just a few on Kishen’s list.
The second tip Kishen gives us to increase the production of dopamine is to develop a better sleep schedule. He admits he would be “a massive hypocrite” if he told us not to use our phones before bed, as he himself does this. However, by getting eight hours of sleep a night and using our phone less before and after we wake up, we will definitely see an improvement in our concentration levels.
The third way of increasing our dopamine levels is listening to music. By simply putting our headphones on, we can up that “pleasurable feeling” we need to feel more motivated.
Listening to music is a guaranteed way to improve your mood. Unless, of course, you’re going through a break up, driving in your car and playing a Drake album. Kishen warns to “not Drake and drive”, as it will certainly have the opposite of the desired effect.
The fourth method to get motivated during lockdown is meditation. According to Kishen, “It will help calm you down; it will help practice your focus.” This way is one that Kishen wants to personally try. He suggests finding easy, beginner guides on YouTube and going from there.
The final piece of advice Kishen offers is making goals for ourselves. “Whilst we might’ve had massive goals, it’s hard to attain these during this quarantine period,” he explains, so he recommends starting small. For example, if you want to be more active, plan to go on three walks a week. By having something attainable to reach for, your motivation increases.
We’ll definitely be giving these a go during the next few weeks of isolation!