Mental Clarity

One thing we tend to overlook or do not pay much attention to is our mental clarity. Do we feel focused and energized? Are we happy? Are we handling stressful situations in a healthy and calm manner?
Technology plays a big part in keeping our brains feeling foggy. Having over stimulated brains can leave us feeling a bit scattered or all over the place, which can produce rash and not very well thought out decisions. Unfortunately, the growth of technology is not slowing down anytime soon. However, that does not mean that we cannot help our brains gain back some control!
There are a few tricks to help you build more mental clarity. To start with, creating a familiar routine works wonders in motivating your brain to do its best and most focused work. This could be a morning routine, bedtime routine, or a full day routine, just stick to it and allow your brain to do its thing.
Secondly, STOP multitasking! Multitasking constantly can actually reduce productivity. Put down your phone or device and try picking 3 of the most important tasks, starting on one for a period of time then moving on to the next. One task at a time focus on getting small parts done, equally sharing out the time you have allocated for completion of all tasks.
Get a little boost! You may be eating well, exercising and even taking regular breaks from technology but still feel a little muddled, anxious or depressed, and that is common. A buildup of daily stressors over time can really drain us mentally. You may find that some supplements can help give you that extra boost you need. Check with your nutritionist for vitamins that you may be lacking.

The free, easy exercise that’s right under your nose!

Most of us can do it, and you don’t need a gym membership to sign up to this lifetime club. You know it, you love it, and you do it every day & it’s walking!
We talk about walking a lot, but that’s because we want to stress how great it is, not only for your spinal health, but overall fitness and well-being.
Just 30 minutes a day of brisk walking can increase your cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness, reduce your risk of heart disease, increase your muscle strength and endurance, and improve your spinal health.
Not only does walking create a naturally upright posture, but it restores the hydration to your spinal discs. Through everyday movement, the pressure on our spinal discs causes the squeezing out of the disc’s water, and walking helps to allow for a higher flow of circulation, resulting in increased circulation of water to the discs.
Here are some tips and tricks for first time brisk walkers:
1. Pick a time in the day and schedule it in, like you would an appointment, that way it’s a priority and not an option.
2. Pick a time that works best for you, whether it’s in the morning before the day starts, or after work to get moving after sitting down all day. Walking works around your schedule.
3. Tie walking into your commute by either parking further from your destination or getting off at an earlier stop and walk the rest of the way.
4. Grab a walking buddy! Haven’t seen your best friend in while? Lock in a time to walk and talk so you can catch up while working out.
5. Set goals! Start with 10,000 steps a day and when you start to hit those with ease move to 15,000 and so on, there’s no such thing as too much walking.
6. Take the first steps, for a lifetime of healthy living.
Extra challenge: Test yourself by ignoring your phone for the duration of the walk. That way you can practice good posture as well as avoid the dreaded neck pain caused from looking down and opening your eyes to the world around you.
So what are you waiting for? Step outside and smell the roses (literally!), and start walking your way to a healthier life.