January 6

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4 Brain Boosts for Better Focus

To function successfully you need to be focused, but this can be difficult. Between distractions, brain fog, and too much caffeine, getting through the day can be a struggle.

Here are four easy ways to cut through the fog and gain better focus for your busy days.

  1. Lower your stress because it’s hard on your body, both physically and mentally. Every time your body experiences stress it produces stress hormones, giving your body the signal to fight or take flight. Lowering your stress will reduce the number of stress hormones and allow you to think more clearly, responding to situations instead of reacting. Lowering your stress levels may mean saying “no” more often, asking for help, or delegating tasks to others. 
  2. Cut out food intolerances as some foods have been proved to negatively affect brain function. You do not have to give up these foods completely, but you can try cutting back. Foods to consider cutting back on can include pre-cooked meats, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, cheese and dairy. Remember, you do not have to cut out these foods completely, but you may want to consider how much you are consuming.
  3. Increase key nutrients that help your body and brain function best. Your body needs calories from fat, protein, and carbohydrates to work properly. You may also want to ensure you are consuming enough magnesium, B vitamins, and choline.
  4. Get enough quality sleep, as it could be the most significant contributor to having better focus during the day. Your body needs sleep to recuperate and clear out everything from the previous day. This includes liver function, cortisol regulation, and muscle repair. Basically, if you aren’t sleeping enough or well enough, your body can’t function at its top condition.

Having a clear and focused mind can seem like a tall order, one that you can’t possibly stack up to. But that isn’t the case. Take small and simple steps toward clearing the fog and cobwebs, and toward a brain that is ready for whatever the day brings. 

Consider what brain boosts you will action today.

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