Keeping Your Brain More Focused

Over stimulation is a way of life these days with so much technology readily available. Neuroscience suggests that incorporating tech-free activities into your daily schedule can keep your mind on track and more focused.

Life has been made much easier by the technologies available today. They have also made life more of a challenge in many ways. Research has been telling us for years now that our obsession with staying connected and constantly informed is over stimulating our brains. Keeping our brains sharp is a matter of getting proper rest. It’s the only way to stay productive and focused.

We know that during sleep, our brains go through a 90-minute cycle moving from light to deep sleep and back but recent discoveries show that we are also repeating cycles during our waking hours. Some scientists are suggesting that for every 80 to 120 minutes that we are awake and productive, we need to take a 10-minute break to settle our brain activity.

Try taking a 5 to 10 minute time out to:

• Look at artwork
• Short nature walk
• Listen to music
• Meditate
• Positive conversations with friends
• Take a hot shower

Power Naps
According to studies, a 20-minute nap is enough to put you back on track.

Technology Breaks
Take some time away from social media. This is tough because many of us have developed a physical and psychological addiction to constantly checking to make sure we haven’t missed something. Start with a few hours each day and work into a whole day each week. If you are feeling especially motivated, put it away for good.

Practice Gratitude
After removing social media for a period of time, it can be helpful to take time to look around and acknowledge the things you have been missing. Make a list of things like nature or more time with your children. Little things like having a free hand to carry more when you don’t have to bring the phone along can be empowering.

Try Winding Down

• Put the devices away an hour or so before going to bed at night
• Replace that digital time with activities such as reading (an actual book) or meditating
• Listen to soothing music
• Work on a crossword puzzle
• Use an alarm clock instead of your phone to wake up each morning