My Top 5 Strategies For Focus.



I find it really difficult to focus and concentrate on certain tasks which I find don't come naturally to me. For example, I can focus on exercising very easily as it's what I do and trained to do for many years. However, sit me at a computer and tell me to get on with emails or writing like I'm doing now and I find I have to be in the right frame of mind. Therefore, I use certain strategies to get me to concentrate or else I will find every excuse not to get on with it; sound familiar?

The following strategies could be useful to implement whether you are the same as me or perhaps struggle to exercise, do housework or do a DIY project or anything which requires a lot of effort from you.






1. Fresh air and natural sunlight-The first thing I do is make sure I have been outside for a brisk walk as it is a great way to start the day and a good warm-up prior to any exercise routine. The benefits of natural sunlight will help the body produce sleep-inducing melatonin at night. Therefore, if you struggle to get to sleep then this is a great way to break the late-night cycle which in turn will result in better focus and productivity during the day. The oxygen from the fresh air will also benefit your mind and body natuarlly.




2. Drink green tea-Although some may find this fairly bitter drink hard to swallow, for me it has become the staple of my day. Not only are there numerous health benefits such as the very powerful polyphenols called catechins, one type has anti-cancer properties and all types protect the cells from free radical damage, bacteria and viruses. Green tea also lowers fibrinogen which can cause clots and strokes and studies in Japan concluded it can even help patients with high cholesterol. That aside (although not to be ignored), the amino acid in green tea called L-theanine is helpful in improving mood and calming down the brain, with the neurotransmitter GABA. This induces a focused state and enhances pleasure with the release of dopamine. The L-theanine counteracts the "jittery" feeling you get from caffeine and gives a sense of being awake and alert without being hypertense.

I love the ritual of making traditional, ceremonial grade matcha green tea with a whisk and bowl. The Zen monk Eisai brought the practice of preparing matcha green tea to Japan and it became a pre-battle ritual for the Samurai Warriors during the "Song Dynasty" Now it is a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.


3. Defuse rosemary essential oil- The distinctive arom