The 5 Focusing Strategies You Need to Keep You Going

Published by Chris Lawrence 5 min read
Health & Wellbeing Mental Health Nutrition One Wellbeing

5 simple strategies to sharpen your mind and increase neural activity and focus.

Is it just me or does it feel like as soon we hit the start of December we start to get a bit shocked as to how little time there is left in the year. Thinking ‘I haven’t achieved the things I want to this year and the year is nearly over’. 

Who has had these thoughts in their head? I know I have!

So how do we stay focused and stop the stress of all the external distractions and thoughts in our head so we can finish the year on a high?

I have the answer for that, through 5 simple strategies to sharpen your mind and increase neural activity and focus.

1) Don’t look at emails or social media for the 1st hour you wake up in the morning

How often do we wake up, roll over, grab our phones and then go straight to our emails and social media? I know I was guilty of this for a long time!

However straight away this starts your day full of distractions, it takes you away from having clarity and a focus on what you want to achieve that day.

Set the tone for the morning and get a small win before you are distracted by the external noise that awaits from your emails and social media.

2) Brush your teeth with the opposite hand

This seems really silly, however Jim Kwik who is the brain and memory coach to movie stars, top performing CEOs and business owners swears by it.

The latest science shows there is a mind body connection, that your thoughts affect your body and your body affects your mind also. So using your body in certain ways actually activates different parts of the brain. The same can be applied for eating with the opposite hand .

A study conducted at Oxford University showed that jugglers have bigger brains. Learning to juggle actually enhances connections in the brain – https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2009-10-12-juggling-enhances-connections-brain

3) Exercise

This again is so simple it is someone everyone knows.

‘A lot of people know what they need to do, but do they do what they know’

Exercise gets the endorphins flowing in the body and instantly boosts your energy and mood.

If you have an important meeting or presentation and you have to be on your A – game then exercise is a must!

4) Brain Foods

There are foods which detract from your focus like processed foods, but there are certain foods which are really good for your brain.

The top 10 foods to introduce into your diet to support the health of your brain include…

  1. Avocado
  2. Blueberries
  3. Broccoli
  4. Coconut oil
  5. Eggs
  6. Leafy greens
  7. Salmon
  8. Tumeric
  9. Walnuts
  10. Dark chocolate

5) Mindfulness

Mindfulness training is very important in order to have focus and clarity of mind and to be able to solve problems you need to go into the alpha brain wave states.

There are a number of ways to practice mindfulness training which include…

  1. Guided breathing techniques
  2. Visualisation
  3. Meditation
  4. Journaling

So they are 5 steps so now it is about action!

So pick 2 of these strategies that you can implement right away and give it a try for a week. You will be amazed at the results in just a week.

For more ideas and strategies from Chris Lawrence click the link below to the Be Ready Project.  

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