If You Learn To Focus Better, You Can Be More Successful on Medium
But how can I learn how to focus, when I have too much to do?
Are you someone like me, who wants to avoid “overwhelm” as much as possible, but still get everything done on your to-do list? Well, I think I can help you out. We need to learn how to focus better, by zooming to only one thing at a time. Popular multi-tasking mindsets are harmful to our brains. Let me explain.
Neuroplasticity is an unfamiliar word for me to explore and learn more about. Lately, I’ve been reading so many articles here on medium about procrastination and I know I’ve had that problem most of my life.
So, I figured out how you and I can focus on ideas which will help us accomplish our goals , feel happier, and more full-filled at the end of the day.
Neuroplasticity — new brain cells sprouting new connections, new blood vessels feeding more oxygen and fuel to your neurons, and more brain tissue in areas involved with learning, memory, better decision making.
Exercise and meditation can trigger chemical reactions that pave the way for a rejuvenation explosion. Since turning 70 years old last May, my biggest focus in life is on my mental and physical health. Starting with my mental health, I’ve known about the benefits of meditation for years now.
Let me explain.
Meditation can be a simple process that affects our brain. It’s not necessary to sit on the floor with legs crossed (like a monk) for hours going into a muse of self-reflection to arrive at a stage of beneficial meditation.
Do you need to learn the art of focusing, memory retention, and concentration? Do you need to reduce or avoid overwhelm? Meditation is a great tool for enhancing your neuroplasticity.
You can meditate while drinking a cup of coffee or hot tea right after first waking up from a good sleep. The point here is to focus on something relaxing — and not thinking about the million other things that you need to get done. Once you focus on the wonderful smell of hot coffee or hot tea, the warmth of the cup you're holding in your hands, you are mediating and fertilizing your brain cells.
Thoughts on Exercise and Your Brain
As a child growing up, I remember hearing many times; ”Get up and make yourself useful.” I’m glad now that I was taught this valuable life lesson early on. Most of the time our brain is the boss of our muscles — directing how we hit a ball, play the piano, write a viral post, or even how we tie our shoelaces.
Did you know when we excise, we are growing more new brain cells? Continuous exercise helps keep brain cells alive longer and replaces old ones with new ones. New brain cells get involved in more memory circuits than older cells do. You get more connections.
At any age, you may feel more alert and have an easier time remembering things after you start a new exercise program.
Did you know that any body movement counts toward your exercise program? Just get up and move! Developing that mindset is sooo important for longevity and good health.
Yes, remote controls are convenient for us to turn on and off appliances and devices, but we’re cheating ourselves in the long run. It’s important to create a system of exercise that works for us every day. One that we can be consistent with. Outside of daily walking, doing household chores, I strive to do the following every day:
- Walk a mile a day
- Park further away in vast parking lots, so I’m forced to walk
- Start moving my body as soon as I get out of bed in the morning. I start by feeding my cats and dogs. They motivate me.
Food and Nutrition Are Important Too
Why can’t I remember this? A seahorse shaped brain region called the hippocampus is crucial for our memory, learning, and decision making. It is one of the first areas of the brain to shrink in people with forms of dementia. The latest research finds a healthier left hippocampus in healthy eaters over unhealthy ones, regardless of age, sex, weight, exercise habits, or general health.
Strong recent evidence suggests eating the right foods and skipping the wrong stuff could help protect against declines in thinking and memory that lead to dementia and memory loss.
Brain-friendly fare associated with a bigger hippocampus includes fresh fruits and vegetables, salads and grilled fish. The brain-shrinking diet was heavy on burgers, french fries and soft drinks, as well as sausage, potato chips and red meat. If you don’t bring junk food in the house, you will less likely partake in damaging your brain cells from growing new ones.
Healthy eating doesn’t just prevent brain decline, it boosts scores on thinking and memory tests.
High-fat, high-sugar processed foods — Cheetos, lays potato chips, snicker bars (and the likes of others) harm your brain cells by boosting inflammation and leaving brain tissue vulnerable to damage by rogue oxygen molecules called free radicals.
Focus on eating vegetables, fruits, fish and chicken. Or go totally on a plant-based diet. If you find it difficult to take care of eating healthy, try drinking smoothies with all the nutrients included for your daily needs. Please don’t forget the importance of drinking large amounts of clean water to support your brain cells. Water is a miracle cure for all kinds of ailments in the human body. I will write another post concerning the benefits of water to our health.
You can avoid or at least reduce overwhelm in your life just by eating fruits, vegetables and fish and leaving off sugary processed junk foods. It’s up to you if you want to have a better focus, memory and a healthier brain. Simple is the best way to go. Remember:
If it’s to be, it’s up to me!
Thanks for reading.