With constant smartphone notifications, endless Instagram feeds, and attention-grabbing advertisements, achieving a deep focus is something most of us struggle with. It can sometimes feel impossible to block out distractions and direct our attention on a single task, making it difficult to complete our work (even when it comes to the projects we’re most passionate about). Building focus starts with our day-to-day, and involves cultivating daily habits (that often include nootropics) and make us less likely to give in to distractions. Below are some of the best ways to train the mind, so you can be present with what matters most.
Establish a Morning Routine
Creating and consistency following a morning routine can have a powerful impact on how you experience the rest of the day. Take some time to journal or write down what you’re grateful for, eat a nourishing breakfast with a serving of Reishi and without distractions, or schedule in time for a workout. Focus on doing things that fuel you, and the process of routine will help you get into a productive mindset. Try taking a capsule or using a tincture before you walk out the door to help you boost your mental clarity - we love the Mineral Focus Tincture or The Nue Co. Nootro Focus Capsules.
A beneficial addition to your morning routine, meditation declutters the mind so you can start the day with a clear outlook. A study led by Sara Lazar at Harvard University revealed that meditating leads to physical changes in the brain, impacting density of gray matter and cortical thickness in a variety of areas, including the left hippocampus, which is responsible for cognition and learning. Reward yourself for sitting with a cup of Reset for Morning Tea, which aids in mental clarity with a delicious blend of ceylon tea, bergamot, and molasses. And if you find yourself wanting to practice with others, sign up for one of the meditation classes at our calming NYC wellness destination.
Make staying hydrated a priority, as drinking water helps improve cognition and concentration. Try making a glass of water the first thing you drink when you wake up, before you brew your morning coffee or start cooking breakfast. If you need an extra boost, add a packet of Prima Brain Fuel, made with ashwagandha, rhodiola, and ginkgo for energy, focus, and vitality. Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day so you can keep replenishing the body.
Limit Screen Time
It’s probably not surprising that screen time can be incredibly distracting, with Instagram, texts, and emails competing for our attention. Although the reality is that most of us will need to use our phones and computers for work, try using a real alarm clock to wake up and spending the first hour of the morning without your phone. Picking up your phone and scrolling through Instagram first thing after waking up means immediately giving in to distractions and can set you up to do so throughout the day. Reading a book is a good replacement for your morning scroll, and provides the opportunity to learn about something new. We recommend How to Breathe by Ashley Neese, which outlines 25 breath techniques that can help you manage stress and anger, sleep better, and deepen your connection with yourself.
Working to incorporate a few of these habits into your day-to-day routine can help you develop a deeper sense of focus, so you’re able to spend less time distracted, and more time with what’s meaningful to you.