I’m so excited to share this post with you today. Why? Because it’s all about fun ways to increase your mental clarity and concentration. What’s more, these strategies are simple to incorporate into your routine, which makes it easy to do them every day. Yes!
We live in an incredibly busy world filled with countless demands, responsibilities, and distractions. What’s more, we are inundated with quick advertisements, 60 second YouTube clips, and 280 character tweets.
This constant buzz of activity often leaves our mind spinning, and the fast-paced approach to communication and entertainment has actually shortened our attention span. Yikes!
Obviously, this kind of fuzzy/scatter brained lifestyle is not conducive to maximum productivity.
But the good news, is there are many fun and innovative ways to overcome this obstacle.
Have I hooked your interest? Great! Then read on.
6 ways to boost your mental clarity and concentration.
Reading is such a powerful way to increase your mental clarity and concentration. Whether you’re enjoying a funny memoir, an easy beach read, or a book on self care, you’re challenging yourself to focus on one topic for an extended period of time. You’re free of pop up advertisements, flashy commercials, and social media.
Long term concentration is a skill, and by engaging in regular reading, you’re strengthening your ability to focus.
What’s more, if you’re absorbed in an especially engaging book, reading also helps eliminate mental distractions. It pulls you in to the narrative, and silences your busy mind.
I always know I’ve discovered a good book when I find myself thinking about it when I’m not reading. Often times with fiction stories, I feel as if I am a part of the characters’ lives. I mean, honestly, who didn’t feel like they were attending Hogwarts with Harry, Hermione, and Ron? I thought so.
By finding that engaging book, and allowing your mind to escape into another world, You are enhancing your concentration skills, clearing your mind, and also engaging in creativity. What more could you ask for?
If you’re looking for suggestions, here are a handful of my most recent favorite books.
Put Down the Smartphone
Building on the strategy of books, my second suggestion is to put down that smartphone. Now I don’t mean all the time, of course.
But on the flip side, you don’t have to be on your phone all the time.
Here’s the hard truth. If you are seeking to strengthen your mental clarity and concentration, scrolling through your Facebook feed or snap chatting with friends is not going to get you there.
Yes, these forms of communication have increased our connection with friends and family exponentially. And I won’t deny that they play an important role in our lives.
But I challenge you to step away from relying so heavily on this device as a means of entertainment.
If you’re seeking connection or communication with another person, try physically meeting up with a friend.
Or (and this is really crazy) try using the phone for its original purpose; call somebody 😉 Have an extended DISTRACTION FREE conversation.
Give that friend your full attention. Concentrate fully on their voice. And engage deeply in the dialogue. This focus will not only help you enjoy the conversation, but will further strengthen your concentration skills as well.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, write a letter. Would you love to receive real mail delivered to your door about something other than a bill or an advertisement? I know I would!
By pushing yourself to seek entertainment and communication outside of social media and text messages, you’re well on your way to increasing your mental clarity and focus.
Hit the Gym
Sure, we all know about the physical benefits of going to the gym regularly. But did you know you’re giving your brain a boost with that exercise as well?
While you’re strengthening your body, you’re also increasing your ability to remember, improving your concentration, and making room for creativity.
And if that’s not enough, physical exercise also helps reduce depression and improve your mental health overall.
So do a major favor for both your mind and body; lace up your sneakers and start moving!
Get the right nutrients
As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat.” And in a broad sense, it’s absolutely true.
If you’re putting low-quality nutrients into your body, you end up feeling sluggish and fuzzy, and eventually everything seems to work less efficiently.
I’m going to get a bit technical here…
When we’re stressed, our body releases inflammatory cytokines. These chemicals shake up the immune system, which starts fighting back against that stress.
By eating healthfully, you’re helping keep your body’s immune system in tip top shape. Because the “gut hormones…produced by the brain influence cognitive ability,” it’s critical that we “feed our brain” the right stuff.
So what foods should you incorporate in your diet? Fortunately, there are a lot of options.
From avocados to leafy greens, coconut oil to egg yolks, extra virgin olive oil to broccoli, and blueberries to walnuts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. (Looking for more information? Here’s a great article on food and memory.)
What’s more, by focusing on antioxidant rich foods, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals, you’re also protecting against brain disease. Products like KetoMCT are an easy way to get these brain-healthy benefits by making it part of you diet.
So whether you’re planning your weekly meals, or you have the mid-afternoon munchies, opt for these brain-boosting foods. You’ll be on your way mental clarity and concentration today!
A Well Rested Mind
You’re finally turning in for the night, and as you set your alarm, the realization, “I’m getting 4 1/2 hours of sleep if I fall asleep instantly” crosses your mind.
Or maybe you’re a new parent; your child has been awake 3/4 of the night, only to slip into a blissful slumber the moment it’s time to start the day.
On the flip side, maybe you continually squeak by on six hours of sleep, so that brain fog slowly sneaks in day after day without you even realizing it.
We’ve all been there. And for some of us, we’re there far too often.
On the days that our brain fog is almost opaque, it’s a real challenge to think clearly; making informed, thoughtful decisions is nearly impossible, and long term focus is completely out of the picture.
To put it succinctly, if you’re not getting a full night’s sleep, then your brain can’t perform at full capacity. It’s as simple as that.
If you’re struggling to get to sleep, or you wake up often throughout the night, then review your sleeping habits. As I explain in my 5 strategies for a great night of sleep, too much technology, caffeine, or noise can negatively impact the quality of your sleep, leaving your groggy and foggy the next day.
Find a New Hobby
When we’re young, we tend to be much more adventurous and inquisitive. We’re willing to try new things and discover new passions.
As we age, however, and we recognize the skills in which we excel, we tend to narrow our focus. We stick to just one or two hobbies and rarely branch out to try something new.
While it is great to have a focused hobby and to work on strengthening your abilities, it’s equally as important to challenge your brain with new projects.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try a new instrument, for example. I say, give it a try! Sure it’s a bit more work than simply cashing in on The Mozart Effect craze, but research has shown that “playing a musical instrument is a rich and complex experience.” “[It] involves integrating information from the senses of vision, hearing, and touch, as well as fine movements, and learning to do so can induce long-lasting changes in the brain.” That sounds pretty good to me!
Now don’t worry, you don’t need to become an expert in whatever hobby you choose. The important thing is simply trying something new.
Because going out of your comfort zone and approaching something unfamiliar, requires you to think differently. You come up with fresh strategies and you push your cognitive function to a new limit.
Plus, it’s fun!
What are you strategies for increasing mental clarity and concentration? Have you tried any new strategies recently? Do you have any favorite book recommendations? I’d love to know! Share you’re thoughts below 🙂