Mental focus and acuity are essential to achieving successful results in all areas of our lives. Oftentimes, we’re so overworked and stressed that we run out of gas, both physically and mentally. However, keeping your mind sharp and focused can help you complete all of those important tasks with greater speed and efficiency. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Foods: Thereare mood-boosting foods and there are brain-boosting foods. Mood boosters are the things we love to eat (but shouldn’t too often!) for comfort or enjoyment: mac-n-cheese, chocolate chip cookies, chicken pot pie. But there are specific foods that we know have a direct line to helping the brain function. EatingWell.com reports that mind boosters include those foods rich in Omega-3 (fish, broccoli, flax seeds), which help with concentration. Foods that contain low-burning carbohydrates, like oatmeal and bran, keep you full and help you perform well with cognitive tasks.
- Activities: Reading, puzzles, and games like Scrabble have been proven to boost brain power according to Health.com. You can work a puzzle or play games with the family or loved ones in the evening for entertainment, bonding, and relaxing.
- Sleep: The right amount, and the quality of sleep, are both important for brain function. According to this article written by Richard Stevens, experts say that sleeping in darkness is crucial to regulating your circadian rhythm. As the article points out, darkness helps regulate levels of the hormone leptin, which controls our hunger. Another factor that affects the quality of sleep is the color of light you have in the room, Stevens writes. Sunlight is blue—the same color as the light from your tablet, smartphone, or laptop. So if you have blue light in the bedroom, your body will perceive it’s daytime. Since the body reacts differently to daylight than it does to darkness, keep these blue light-emitting electronics out of the bedroom, he advises. Go for a paperback book and leave your Kindle alone until the morning.
- Supplements: Vitamin E (400IUs) stops free radicals, which can affect memory and cause disease. B vitamins also play a critical role in brain function. Ginko is an herb that’s linked to helping with circulation and treating memory loss and memory disorders.
Warriors know balance is key to connecting the mind, body, and soul. Focusing on ways to boost brain power helps you do more with even greater success.
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