Follow these five simple rules to improve your focus.
1. Drink enough water
There are different suggestions out there which say you should drink a certain amount of water to be fully hydrated. Some say drink 2 litres a day, some say 3 litres, some say 7 cups. I am not going to tell you how much water your body needs as everyone is different.
My advice is start with a decision to drink a daily amount for the first week and see how you feel. Then adjust the amount until you find what works for you. As an example, try starting with 2 litres a day. Set yourself a goal to consume 2 litres of water per day for 7 days, then adjust the amount until you find what works.
Your body and brain functioning optimally depend on them being in a state of hydration. Dehydration of the body and brain can cause lack of focus, brain fog, headaches, sleep issues, anger, depression, memory problems and more. Our bodies are made of over 70% water and the activities of your brain and nervous system rely on water.
You have a responsibility to your body and your brain to keep them hydrated every day.
The way you drink is also important. I would suggest drinking a whole glass of water at a time, every time you feel a little bit thirsty, guzzle down a glass and it will keep you going for a while. Drinking water this way also helps to flush your body through and eliminate toxins from your system.
Do this for 30 days and if it is working, make it a lifelong habit!
2. Walk for 20 minutes
I find walking regularly to be helpful in keeping the mind clear and focussed. Try taking a walk for 20 minutes every day for 30 days. You can pick any time of day to suit you, I like to walk first thing early in the morning before the rest of the world starts to wake up. You might find this works, or you may prefer an afternoon or evening walk. Find what works for you and stick with it.
Walk for 20 minutes a day for 30 days. If this makes a difference to your ability to focus and to your general state of mind, make it a lifelong habit!
3. Yawn and stretch regularly
Yawning and stretching slowly, increases the blood flow to the brain and helps with focus. If you are sitting at a desk or having to focus for long periods of time, take a minute every 20-30 minutes to slowly yawn and stretch. Take yourself away from the screen, or whatever it is you are doing, just for 1 minute at regular intervals, move around, stretch, yawn slowly.
Try this every day for 30 days. If you find it helps increase your focus, make it a lifelong habit!
4. Stop and breathe
Take 5 minutes a day to sit and watch your breath. Sit comfortably, pay attention to the breath going in and out of your lungs. Don’t try to change anything or control the breath, simply observe.
Do this for 5-10 minutes every day for 30 days. If it makes you feel more focussed and generally better in yourself, make it a lifelong habit!
5. No screen time for 60 minutes before bed
Watching a screen, whether it be a television, laptop, i-pad, mobile phone, before you go to bed will leave your mind stimulated and can affect you being able to fall asleep. It can also affect
your quality of sleep.
Try switching off all screens for the hour before you go to bed every night. This includes looking at messages on your phone. This includes ALL screens! No peeking at your phone to see if anyone has messaged you, they can wait till morning.
Try this every night for 30 nights. If it helps you focus more, and generally feel better in yourself, make it a lifelong habit!
If you find all these things overwhelming to take on, just pick one. Try it for 30 days and see how you do. You can introduce these good habits into your life one at a time if you like. Avoid overwhelming yourself with too much as this will discourage you from the practice.
Just pick one of the 5 points and try it for 30 days. If this is manageable then you can introduce a second habit for 30 days, and then a 3rd and so on.
Reiki and exercise are great for helping to focus and with other health issues. If you are struggling to concentrate or stay focused in life, try a Reiki or Spiral Stabilization session. Contact me to book your appointment.