Series: Getting Back On Track For Your Life of Purpose — Who Lost Focus Since Lockdown Began?

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4 Brain Boosts for Regaining Focus

Today, society demands that we always be on our A-game. Not just “on the ball,” but “in front of the ball.” Whatever your preferred metaphor, to function successfully in the world today, you need to be focused. But this can be difficult.

We have been, and still are, living in a time of uncertainty and unpredictability. Many people have been feeling fear and grief so that getting through the day has been a struggle. Many of us have had problems with concentration, memory and purposeful focus. It isn’t surprising! Covid-19 has changed our lives.

But we are moving towards a time when being on track and on task again are being called for and this is the right time to begin helping yourself re-find or re-create your focus, purpose and passion.

Here are 4 four easy ways to cut through the fog and lay the foundations for regaining your purpose and productivity.

1. Lower Your Stress

Stress is hard on a body, both physically and mentally. Every time your body experiences stress it produces and secretes stress hormones, giving your body the signal to fight or take flight. Lowering your stress will reduce the number of stress hormones your body produces and allow you to think clearly, responding to situations instead of reacting. Lowering your stress levels may mean saying “no” more often, asking for helping, or delegating tasks to others either at work or at home. It can also be journaling, meditating, exercising, doing creative projects, laughing more! Stress management just got important — and fun!

2. Cut Out Food Intolerances

Some foods, especially when consumed in larger amounts, have been proved to affect brain function negatively. You do not have to give up these foods completely, but you can try cutting back or do an elimination diet by gradually experimenting with dropping the suspected food from your diet for a week and watching what happens. Or doing this the other way round by eliminating all suspicious food for a month then gradually reintroducing them one at a time.

Food intolerances can be an added strain on your brain function. These intolerances, similar to allergies, can cause reactions within the body that make it hard to focus.

Foods to consider cutting back on can include pre-cooked meats, artificial sweeteners, bacon (especially the heavily preserved kind found in the supermarket), alcohol, bread and cheese/dairy. Remember, you do not have to cut out any of these foods completely, but you may want to consider how much you are consuming.

3. Increase Key Nutrients

Amp up your intake of nutrients that help your body and brain function best. Your body needs calories from fat, protein, and carbs to work properly. You may also want to consider if you are consuming enough magnesium, B vitamins, and choline.

4. Get Your Zzz’s

Getting enough quality sleep might just be one of the most significant contributors 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 (a stress hormone) 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 achieve. But that isn’t the case. Take small and simple steps toward clearing the fog and cobwebs, be patient and take part in our free 5 day Challenge on Living a Life Of Purpose to reignite your heart and passion. This is all good groundwork.

This article is part of my June series on Regaining Focus… so watch this space for more ideas and support.

If you’d like to join in with our new, Free 5 Day Challenge on Living a Life of Purpose join me, Elizabeth, over on Facebook . Grab this chance now to work with me and my colleague, Ann, two experienced, warm and welcoming leaders in the world of giving and changemaking.

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Elizabeth Morris

Elizabeth Morris

Best-selling Digital Communicator on the Science, Psychology, Soma and Soul of Compassion in Action