" />" />

Eliminate Stress In Order To Focus

Small amounts of stress can lead to increased productivity but sustained high levels of stress can be harmful to your health, your brain and your ability to focus.  This is why it’s essential to eliminate stress in order to focus.  This short but sweet article written by fitness and nutrition expert, Kate Eason for ReporterNews.com explains how to deal with stress and focus.

Eliminate Stress In Order To Focus

Delegate your time. Decide what must be done first, and how you can accomplish that first task. Is there someone that can help you? What time specifically during the day can you work on it, and what exactly do you need to get done? Figure out how to put focus on the task to see it to completion.

Move down the list. Once you have a feasible plan written out, it gives you a focus, so you don’t feel like your just flailing around staying busy, but not getting anything done.

No matter how crazy things get you, must make some time for yourself. It might seem crazy in the midst of a stressful situation, but it’s a must. Don’t give up the things that help you relax. It’s amazing how just taking a moment to regroup can refocus you. Close your eyes for 10 minutes, hit your workout, go for a walk around the block or do something good just for you. Love on yourself for a moment.

Click here to view the original source of the article

I believe it so important to eliminate stress in order to focus. It’s all too easy to allow yourself to get stressed which is why I fully agree with her closing paragraph.  For example, we’re faced with challenges every day.  If we let each and every one of those challenges become a “stress” then we’re going to be very stressed out people  – and this is detrimental to our health, let alone our ability to focus. Take a step back, look at the big picture, break things down into smaller, more manageable chunks, and Robert’s your father’s brother (Bob’s your uncle).


How To Focus At Work By Reducing Stress

Stress at work can lead to an inability to focus as I have found in the past.  If you would like to learn how to focus at work by reducing stress, then take a few minutes out to read this brilliant, and original, article by Amy Martinez. – a senior faculty member for the Centre For Creative Leadership.

How To Focus At Work By Reducing Stress

1. Manage your own resistance. Become cognizant of how much energy you expend opposing what already is. It translates into less energy to accept, adapt, and solve your challenge.

2. Give your best, but don’t get attached to the outcome. Trying to control the way things turn out will make you crazy. Instead, care enough to speak up and take action but not so much that you fall apart or blow up when a certain outcome is not achieved.

3. Stay in the present. How often do you relive the past? How much effort and energy do you give to thinking about future possibilities? Remember, right now is the only point where life is happening—and you can choose how to think and act in this present moment.

4. Be compassionate. Extend compassion to both yourself and others. When things go wrong, people start to blame each other (or themselves). But if you can soften your heart a bit, you send soothing messages to the brain—allowing it to figure a way out of messes and stresses without causing more damage.

5. Shift your view. Try to “re-frame” the situation. What other way could you look at it? What other points of view could you consider? Who could help you see this situation differently? Find them.

6. Understand your beliefs about adversity, and choose your response. The way you currently view setbacks, challenges, or adversity stems from how you have been taught to think about it. When you get clear on what you believe and where those beliefs come from, you can choose to “unlearn” them. You are in charge of your own thoughts and are empowered to respond in new ways. Click here to view the original source of the article

As a previous employee for a large organisation, I can fully appreciate how easy it is to lose focus in the work place. It might be worth copying and pasting these 6 points on how to focus at work by reducing stress, and keeping them in a suitable place where you can refer to them in times of need!


Six Ways To Beat Stress

Whether you’re a working mother or father, or young and single, high levels of stress are detrimental to our health. Unfortunately in today’s world, most of us are stressed. If you’re struggling to focus, reach goals or generally cope comfortably on a day to day basis, it may be that stress is the inhibiting factor. Here, I’ve exerpted 2 of Jennifer Powell-Lunder and Barbara Greenberg’s six ways to beat stress out of your life and while they focus on the working mother, their techniques can help everyone.

Focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t.

There are times when we all have to deal with situations we wish we could change When you put your energy into negotiating the

system in your favor instead of working against it you are usually better served. The satisfaction you will experience of having worked it out is sure to replace the stress of feeling stuck.

Just Do it!

Of course you don’t have time for yourself; sometimes you just need to take it! I have learned to make relaxing activities such as getting a mani and a pedi a priority. I used to feel guilty when I asked my husband to take charge of the kids’ activities for an hour or two but now I realize the benefits. When you don’t take time for yourself you can start to feel stressed and even irritable. You not only help yourself when you take the time, but you help those around you. After all, you are no fun when you are grumpy or frustrated. Click here to visit the original source of this post

I couldn’t agree more with every method. Exercise and good nutrition are absolute key out of these six ways to beat stress, but I particularly appreciate the point above above about focusing on what you can do, rather than on what you can’t. This can equally be applied to your work to-do-list. Ask someone else to carry out tasks that will take them much less time than you, or outsource them to spend your time on value-added tasks.



How Stress Can Help You Focus

In contrast to a post a few days ago, this thought-provoking article explains how stress can help you focus, and can actually be beneficial to your brain. Not only do pressing deadlines gear your mind for focus and hyper efficiency, but such stress can actually be good for your immune system when experienced in small bursts.

Improves efficiency

The short buzz of energy released by stress can also help to improve work productivity and efficiency. Small doses of stress not only enable you to keep on your toes, they also help to improve your memory and spur you to perform tasks more efficiently.When stress hits, the instant energy boost released makes the entire body go on full alert and it becomes highly productive and focused.

Breeds success

In an extremely competitive work environment, a little anxiety is actually good and even necessary for you. Highly successful people often use stress positively to bring about change and activity. They are anxious about today and the future; they stress about the thought of losing and they worry about not having enough hours in a day to get everything done.

This reminds me of how I got through my degree and masters (just thought I’d slip those both in there). Like many people, I’ve always performed better under pressure. It’s important that for the most part, your are not under constant high levels of stress as that can be detrimental to your health and performance, but it is clear how stress can help you focus when experienced in short bursts.

Click here to visit the original source of this post


Stress Causes Your Brain To Shrink

It’s easy to find ourselves feeling stressed in today’s fast-paced life and competitive environment but few people know that it’s harmful to your brain – and the rest of your body.  According to a recent study at Yale University stress causes your brain to shrink, caused by sustained high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which was initially designed to get us out of trouble by fighting the effects of stress.

So next time you’re stressed to the gills and can neither focus, think nor remember the ingredients for the meatloaf you make every week, you can legitimately blame stress.

“It’s a short, easy story actually,” says Houston neuroscientist and author David Eagleman. “Stress is underpinned by particular hormones that circulate through the body and the brain. Those stress hormones are very bad for brain tissue. They eat away at brain tissue.

“What’s new to be stressed about is that stress is literally chewing miniature holes in your brain.”

Not all stress poses a problem; our bodies are designed to combat stress by releasing the hormone cortisol. That response grew out of stresses like, say, being chased by a tiger.

If you’re struggling to focus, concentrate and remember things, take a step back to think how stress causes your brain to shrink. There are a number of ways to handle stress, some of which are outlined on this site. Meditation, yoga, exercise and relaxation techniques are a few (of many) excellent methods to calm yourself down and clear your mind.

Click here to visit the original source of this post


3 Effective Ways To Focus

If you’re struggling to focus, it may be that you’re not relaxed.  The two go hand in hand.  How can you expect to focus if you’re feeling stressed or anxious?  Psychology Today expert, Dr. Matthew Edlund, talks about 3 effective ways to focus through relaxation.  This is a slightly dated article, but one I stumbled upon and thought it would be ideal for this site.

What could be better than to relax by not relaxing?

Feel the muscles in your head and neck. Seek a place where the muscle tension is slightly higher than the muscle next to it.
Focus on that muscle – only on that muscle. Recognize where the tension starts, builds, lessens. Feel it, sense it, know it. Focus on nothing else.
The paradox of paradoxical relaxation is that by placing all your focus onto one area, the whole rest of your body relaxes.
Now do it in another part of your body.
When needed, do PR in three separate areas for 15 seconds each. With practice, you may feel most of your body “release and dissolve” – while your brain steps free.

If you ever find that you are feeling stressed, take 10 minutes out of your day, and follow these 3 effective ways to focus. Who would have thought you could hypnotise yourself?  I particularly liked that last method but realised the steps were rather difficult to follow with my eyes closed!  It may be worth asking a friend nearby to read out the steps as you close your eyes – although, having said that, that would no longer be self-hypnosis.

Read full article from original source here


Regular Exercise Can Boost Memory And Focus

As we all know, exercise is a natural requirement to maintain a healthy body, not just to keep fat off, be physically fit and look good, but to fuel our vital organs, such as our brain. Regular exercise can boost memory and focus as Richard Grey of the Daily Telegraph points out. If you don’t exercise regularly, you are actually depriving yourself if your body’s basic requirements. Our bodies were designed to move and be active.

They have shown that such exercise can also increase the size of crucial parts of the brain. The scientists have also discovered that children who are fit also tend to be better at multitasking and performing difficult mental tasks than unfit friends.

If you do not take exercise too seriously, and therefore do not exercise regularly, it’s never too late. You’ll never regret exercising, and you’ll only ever feel better from it. Not only will you feel great afterwards but regular exercise can boost memory and focus. You don’t need to run a marathon every day; 15 minutes a day is a great start.

Click here to visit the original source of this post


Zox Pro Training System: An Unbiased Review

If information overload is overwhelming you in today’s ever more competitive world, the Zox Pro Training System may just be what you’re looking for.  It was created by Richard Welch, who has been dubbed the Father of Mental Photography.  It is based on an entirely different area of the brain which we are not used to knowingly be using, the subliminal area, which is “outside the conscious perception”.   It is reported to increase the speed at which you read dramatically, improve concentration, focus, boost your memory and reduce stress.

Here, Richard Welch explains in brief, how the program works:

This is the best review I have found by far which is completely unbiased and contains no links to sales pages.  Erin, of Improve-memory.com, who is a memory improvement enthusiast, explains how it has improved her concentration and focus.

Having practiced the daily exercises included in the course, I’ve thoroughly noticed:

  • A superb boost in memory recall and memorization
  • Dramatically improved concentration and focus
  • An increase in my peripheral vision and awareness
  • The ability to read 4 times faster than my normal reading speed, with 90% comprehension (4 is my estimate) Read Full Article Here

David Riklan, founder of SelfGrowth.com, the no.1 Self Improvement site on the internet, reviews the Zox Pro Training System.

I think the most important thing to remember with something so unique and essentially out of this world, is that it will work for some, and not for others.  If you keep an open mind, apply the strategies, follow the steps closely, then it may be one of the best things you’ve stumbled upon.  If you find that it doesn’t work for you, then there is a 60-day money back guarantee which is completely legit. So you have nothing to lose.  Try the Zox Pro Training System and see if it works for you.