Earlier this month we talked about focus and methods we can adopt to help with improving our concentration so continuing on a theme lets look at what can happen when you are feeling overwhelmed?
So first lets see what can cause that brain drain??
It’s often hard to stay focussed, make decisions and remember important information. Amongst day-to-day stresses, whether it’s a presentation at work or exam time revision, your brain can sometimes need a bit of help to stay focused.
- Feel like you need some support?
- Worried about the future?
- Working shifts or erratic hours?
- Exams or work projects
If concentrating isn’t coming naturally, you can train your brain one step at a time.
- Start by eliminating distractions and focus on a single task for 30 minutes, then build up your ‘focus stamina’ over time.
- Regular meditation and reading can also help, so dig out that novel you’ve always wanted to read.
- Practicing mindfulness can really help.
Click on the picture below for your FREE mindful meditation to help with focus.
Aside from being more mindful, what can we do to help with concentration? To give us an added boost!?
Alzheimer's & Mental Function
- As more than 300 studies demonstrate, ginkgo facilitates better blood flow through out the body, most notably the brain, where it both protects and promotes memory and mental function, even for people with Alzheimer's disease. It also offers a wealth of possibilities in the treatment of many other common ailments.
Since doctors are still not sure what causes Alzheimer's disease, we do not have a definite idea of how ginkgo works to stabilise, and in some cases, improve the quality of life for those suffering from this degenerative disease. Scientists have noted that Alzheimer's is marked by a major loss of nerve cells in the brain, particularly those in areas controlling memory and thinking. Since doctors have found antioxidants to help slow the destruction of nerves, it is not a stretch to see ginkgo's antioxidant properties helping in this area. The disease is also believed to have a connection to decreased blood flow to the brain. If so, ginkgo's vasodilating effects may be a big help in the treatment process. Either way, prominent doctors and scientists believe ginkgo to be the supplement of choice to help hold off and possibly treat Alzheimer's.
One supplement I particularly recommend is a fantastic synergistic blend of nutrients & herbs traditionally used for a healthy mind and improved memory, ideal for periods of intense study or when intense concentration is needed.
- L-Glutamine - Acts as brain fuel, essential for normal brain function.
- Choline - Aids nerve transmission, supports brain function & memory
- Ginkgo biloba - Ginkgo biloba also known as Maidenhair, Ginkgo biloba is commonly used for memory improvement and dementia. Ginkgo biloba can offer may benefit those under fifty with antidepressant effects.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid - A fat & water soluble antioxidant
- Green Tea Extract - L Theanine improves focus yet keeps you zen!
For more information check out the wonderful Cognitive Supplement HERE
So to summarise there is a lot we can do to help with our concentration - the main ones being:
✓ Up your antioxidants
✓ Eat a nutrient rich diet
✓ Your brain can’t detox alcohol!
✓ Say no to sugar, eat slow release carbs instead
✓ Stamp out stress
✓ Stop multi-tasking!
✓ Exercise in the fresh air
✓ Use it or loose it
Sometimes the simplest thing to do is to take yourself away from the task in hand for a few moments or pop along to your local holistic therapist for some R&R!! I am always here to help.
Until next time
Totally Holistic Health