4 Key Ways To Boost Focus And Concentration

“I think I have ADHD.” Blaming your lack of focus and concentration on actual conditions people suffer from is not the way to go. While it’s not completely far-fetched to assume you may actually be suffering from a mental issue given your inability to focus in stressful situations or concentrate during a business meeting, there are some things you could change in your daily life that could potentially improve your concentration. So refrain from calling your doctor about ADHD just yet and try these tricks first, because it’s unlikely that you belong to the 4.5 percent of adults who have the condition.

While your brain is not exactly composed of muscle tissue, you could think of the mind as a muscle and through active training, you can strengthen its functionality, specifically when it comes to focus and concentration. The exercises, tricks, and lifestyle alterations listed below are great methods by which you can improve your concentration and focus and a daily and long-term basis.

1. Meditation

No, it’s not only for hipsters and Buddhists, meditation is something that everyone can take part in and for good reason too. Mindful meditation has been shown repeatedly to strengthen mental capacities and increase your attention span.

One study showed that 140 participants saw a significant increase in their attention span after just eight weeks of mindful meditation training. What’s more, you don’t have to devote a lifetime to this activity to see its benefits, after just four days of 10 to 20 minute meditation throughout the day you can improve your concentration to a great extent.

Mindfulness is something you can also practice throughout the day to help with not getting distracted. For instance, when you’re eating you can make it an active experience versus a passive activity, such as eating while watching television.

Concentrate on your chewing and experience all the flavors and textures. This sort of conscious thinking will lead it being less likely that you get easily distracted. Think in the now and be present when you feel yourself becoming occupied with other tasks.

2. Make a List

Everyone’s probably hear this one already, but it works, seriously. Increasing your ability to focus can be much influenced by something as simple as making a list of the things you have to do. Director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, Simon Rego, PsyD suggests composing a list prioritizing the important tasks first then creating a serape less urgent list.

Creating a list will not only prioritize your activities and deadlines but will prevent you from multitasking. Research time and time again has proven that despite our beliefs most people cannot multitask.

We are only able to tackle one issue at a time and trying to do multiple things at once will only decrease the value of work for each task and lead to you being easily distracted. Stay focused and concentrate on the first thing on your list.

3. Wiggle Your Feet

Ok this one sounds weird but it works and it’s one of the things Olivia Fox Cabane, author of The Charisma Myth suggests doing. Cabane suggests that we can often tune out during a conversation or become completely distracted during something important.

We look for an instant gratification and distraction like a new email or text. Cabane suggests that to avoid such instances take a moment and mind -fully concentrate on your toes, wiggling them around. When you’re done, you will be able to handle some of your tasks with better focus.

4. Limit Distractions

It’s not just the emails and texts that can be the cause for your inability to focus, other small distraction limit attention span, so it’s important to seclude yourself from these diversions.

Our inability to disconnect from easily available tools like the internet, computers, and smart phones can be the main cause of our lacking attention capacities. Author Mel Robbins suggests leaving the phone out of the room and when you feel yourself getting distracted or unable to concentrate and start something just count to five and launch right into whatever it is you’re doing.

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It’s that simple. Close the computer, leave the phone somewhere else, meditate in the morning, wiggle those toes, and get to work.

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Essential Oils to Help Headaches

We’ve all been there you’re stuck in traffic while driving home from work. Of course now you are an hour late getting home to start dinner. The kids are bugging the living daylights out of you. Now you have this massive headache.

At some point in our lives we have experienced having a headache. Stress will cause one, so will sugar, your spine being out of whack, hormones, and a rise in blood pressure.

When we get a headache, most of us grab a couple of acetaminophen. WebMD has an oral warning on acetaminophen “taking too much acetaminophen may cause seriously (possibly fatal) liver disease.” Wow, I’ve known myself at stressful times to take more than the recommended dosage in a day.

The livers purpose in our body is to clean our blood; it also helps in metabolizing drugs and chemicals from our body.

We put so many chemicals in our bodies. It’s bad enough to consume the ones we don’t know about, but worse when we consume the ones we do know about. That is why more people are turning to alternative medicines to use instead of drugs.

A double-blinded controlled placebo crossover studies done at Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany found oils successful in helping relieve pain from tension headaches where acetaminophen is typically used. The oils will help support circulation; diminish spasms in the muscle, and shrinks inflammatory effects.

Some of the oils which are known to help with headaches are; wintergreen, lavender, German chamomile, clove, copaiba, eucalyptus and myrrh.

Combine these oils to create a couple different recipes to battle your headache without drugs.

4 drops of wintergreen
2 drops of lavender
3 drops of German Chamomile
1 drop of clove
2 drops of copaiba

Or try

4 drops of eucalyptus
6 drops of peppermint
2 drops of myrrh.

When using the oils individually or combined like above. You can rub them on your forehead, temples or the base of your skull. Get someone to massage them to the top of your head. Before long you’ll be relaxed and the headache will be gone.

The recipes are best used when you have those intense headaches; however the oils by themselves will help with regular headaches.

All essential oils are not the same. I recommend therapeutic grade Healing Natural Oils which can be applied topically, inhaled or ingested. Using something other than Healing Natural Oils might not give you the same results.

When using the spicy oils like clove, peppermint, wintergreen etc., dilute them with pure vegetable oil so to not burn your skin.

Essential oils not only help headaches, but has lots of other medicinal uses. Experience a natural alternative to drugs, and consider Healing Natural Oils.

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Are you eating yourself to death?

My immediate answer is YES, you are eating yourself to death!

I can just hear you all shout “Hold on a second there Jon! I eat very healthy foods, and I only drink healthy fruit juices. I don’t eat sweets, I only buy low fat and low carb products. I eat healthy, and don’t need to read the rest of this article!” HOLD ON there a moment!

You are not eating as healthy as you think! Let me tell you why. Continue reading “Are you eating yourself to death?”

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