Writers need to be able to focus on a much higher scale than other people. Given that your career (or potential career) depends on your ability to focus and concentrate for longer periods of time, experiencing issues with this can be detrimental for your success.
This is what you can do to cure and prevent a lack of focus and the foggy brain feeling:
Go Nuts with Walnuts
Even though nuts are famous for providing your brain with much-needed energy to function, walnuts are considered the most effective among all of them. They contain high amounts of protein, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Research has shown that students who ate walnuts on a regular basis were better at deductive reasoning from those that weren’t. However, you shouldn’t eat bags of walnuts in hopes of becoming a brainiac: like all other fatty foods, it’s important to restrict the amount you intake on a daily basis.
Feel Your Oats
Plain oatmeal contains whole grains that are digested more slowly than other nutrients, providing you with a long and stable source of energy that’s necessary for interrupted focus and concentration.
Besides, a bowl of oatmeal will provide you with a bowlful of vitamins B and E, fiber, potassium and zink. B vitamin complex improves memory and cognitive functioning, while vitamin E prevents cognitive fatigue and foggy brain.
Milk Milk for All It’s Worth
Milk, yoghurt and other dairy products contain vitamin D, which helps with the brain’s revitalization process.
Marjorie Nolan, nutritionist and personal trainer, says that low-fat dairy products can improve your focus and concentration capacity because they’re full of protein and vitamin B. For the most effective focusing possible, before writing, you can eat a plain non-fat Greek yoghurt, which is rich in protein.
Besides supplements, Omega-3 can be found in many foodstuffs: blue fish such as tuna, bonito, anchovies, salmon, sardine and harring, or in flax seeds and nuts.
Studies have shown that a deficiency in Omega-3 acid can cause behavioral changes – even though this should be taken with a grain of salt, the hypothesis about a strong connection between Omega-3 fatty acids, neurotransmitters and behavioral changes has not been disproved.
In studies, EPA (part of Omega-3) doses of 1 mg per day have shown improvement in patients with mood disorders and anxiety.
Magnesium contributes to reducing fatigue and exhaustion and maintaining a normal metabolic energy processes. A deficiency in magnesium can lead to burnout and a loss of energy, which will also reflect on your levels of focus and concentration.
Sufficient amounts of magnesium in your body will create conditions for focusing, enduring stress and learning, while also working to help relax the muscles. A sufficient supply of magnesium will increase concentration and reduce moodiness. It will calm down your nerves and muscles and promote emotional balance.
Magnesium can be found in everyday foods such as meat, vegetables, nuts and dairy products, but none of these sources can make up for a deficiency in magnesium enough.
Ahswaghanda is a famous Ayurvedic remedy that’s used to treat many illnesses and physiological disorders. Among many other benefits (such as improved digestion, decreasing blood sugar levels, anti-cancer properties and mitigated depression and anxiety), Ashwaghanda has been used as a memory booster in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
Two studies have proven the positive effect of Ashwaghanda on cognitive performance:
- Improved reaction time and cognitive performance on a study group of men who took 500 mg of Ashwaganda extract daily.
- Improved memory, attention and intellectual performance within 8 weeks on a sample of 50 adults taking 300 mg of Ashwaghanda.
Chocolate is absolutely brain-friendly food! According to Nolan, chocolate’s beneficial properties are due to a high amount of flavonoids that improve neurological functioning and increase blood flow to the brain.
Cocoa is the ingredient that provides nutritive value to chocolate and makes it brain food. Therefore, you should avoid milk and white chocolates that contain little or no cocoa.
Dark chocolate is recommended for the purposes of better concentration and memory, with as much cocoa in it as possible, but no more than a few pieces a day (about 14 grams). On the other hand, if you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, you can achieve the same effect by mixing one teaspoon of cocoa and Greek yoghurt.
You know that feeling when a scent reminds you of a long-forgotten event or a person? That just proves the strong connection between our brains and the sense of smell.
To take advantage of this powerful association, you can use essential oils in diffusers or by applying them to your hair, wrists or clothes.
For focus, it’s best to use rosemary or basil oils because they trigger the brain’s beta-waves.