BY: Marisa Aguirre Marcori
Getting focused is often a real obstacle course. We are immersed in an excess of distractions and information; it is difficult to filter so many stimuli and prevent our mind from wandering or becoming unfocused. The reality is that our brain is always looking for information, be it distractions or other forms of stimuli, it is a survival reflex that we have inherited and that often leads us to multitask and prevents us from focusing on a single activity and being more efficient.
Inside our brain there is a neural network with millions of connections, and those neural connections are like muscle fibers, therefore, if you want to maintain attention or focus on what you do, it is necessary to train the brain constantly and in different ways. "Memory strength is like muscle strength, the more you train it the stronger it gets..."
Endowed with surprising plasticity, our brain changes according to the affective, cognitive, postural and even nutritional experiences that we provide it.
Some tips to pamper the brain and keep it in top shape:
Practice mindfulness daily
Mindfulness consists of focusing attention on the present moment, a practice that you can do at any time; walking, cooking, listening to music, eating. It is simply realizing that you are consciously present in what you are doing.
Mindfulness practice has been shown to rewire the brain so that attention is heightened in everyday life.
..."To remember things, you have to be very attentive to what you do, to what you say..." Francis Eustache
Take care of body posture
Numerous studies show that both body posture and movement influence our brain. They also show how rounding the back influences memory and concentration. "An experiment carried out in two German universities showed that people who had bad postures had less ability to retain information..." Nazareth Castellanos
Sport, dance, or conscious movement promote brain health.
Brain training games or memory games aim to improve attention and also response times. Simple exercises like retaining a melody and going over it mentally or looking at a painting and remembering its details. Learning something new that is pleasant and stimulating allows memorizing new information and mobilizing already stored information.
Get enough sleep
Getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis is vital for the brain, and especially for the memory regions that process and store the day's information. They can only perform their work during rest phases. Sleep protects memories.
Incorporate foods that stimulate concentration
Foods considered nootropics, which improve attention and protect neurons, are found in very green leafy vegetables, blueberries, lion's mane mushroom, virgin olive oil, turmeric, organic eggs, salmon, sardines and the mackerel among others.
You can easily add natural nootropics into your daily life by scooping ½ teaspoon of Focus Adaptogen elixir into your daily coffee, smoothie or just by itself. Or sip a cup of Clarity Herbal Booster Instant Tea drink which is a delicious and potent way to boost your brain focus and concentration. Each serving contains 3000 mg of potent herbs such as Lion?s Mane, Gingko, Ginseng and Astragalus, no fillers or added sugars just pure nootropic herbs. A powerful brain booster!