Ronda is co-director of Marriage Resource Center of Miami Valley, Springfield, Ohio
Many of you are familiar with the Five Love Languages (Gary Chapman) and the importance of filling each other's "love tank". I propose that we also have a "serotonin tank" - there are things that add to our serotonin levels and things that take away. Monitoring these levels may enhance our ability to get along with others and reduce our desire to harm the other person.
12 Serotonin Depleters
Hunger. Caused by: skipping meals, delayed mealtimes, too few calories
Anger. Caused by: unmet expectations, interacting with difficult people, too many bills
Loneliness. Caused by: conflict with others, move to new town/job/church, isolated from others (could be due to illness, job dynamics, work or home demands, or poor choices)
Tired. Caused by: Work, children, illness
This list sounds oddly familiar to a list of common stressors? So basically anything that causes stress in your life, can also deplete serotonin.
12 Serotonin Replenishers
Hunger: 3/3 rule - Eat 3 things: Protein, Complex Carbs; Healthy Fats every 3 hours; Reduce sugar intake; Focus on good nutrition
Anger or bad mood: "Mindfulness" - fully present in the moment with an acceptance; Soaking up sunlight; Attitude of gratitude
Loneliness: Nurture connected relationships; Attend church and life group; Do one thing for someone else each day (focus on someone besides yourself)
Tired: Establish a regular sleep routine; share household tasks; create margins in your life - learn to say "no" to good things
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