Wall Street is up and down. Main Street is also up then down. How do we with deal with this Stress? The forecloses, the down-sizing, the lay-offs, the rising cost of living. It is no wonder we have problems focusing. Could it be ADHD or just stress?
Thoreau said, “It’s not enough to be busy, So are the ants.”
So the question is, what are we busy about? Another question to ask yourself is, “are you in control of your life or is life controlling you?” If you are not careful, life will be in control, then there goes your focus out the window. Lack of focus can come at you many from directions. People act really busy but wonder why they are not getting anywhere.
Are you using a busy lifestyle to just fill up the spaces, giving you the perception of a full life? Or are we busy to cover up, to the things or situations we don’t want to face or deal with?
Now this can be a good or bad thing depending on how we perceive it. Distraction is the body’s way of letting it know it’s over-loaded. Sometimes distraction is the minds way of leading you to inspiration, which can lead you to better results in the long run.
Imagine sitting in a classroom listening to teacher while in the background Johnny is tearing a piece of paper from his notebook, and across the aisle Suzy is blowing her nose. Then your eye catches a bird landing on the ledge outside the window. All the while you are trying to focus on the teacher’s voice, while the sound of the chalk hitting the blackboard is racing through your head.
Normally most of us can filter out this busy noise. This is the world of attention deficit. These children for whatever reason can’t focus on one point therefore all the noise over-stimulates their brain and they react in one of two ways. In Attention Deficit they retreat into their own little world to cope. The second way is they become hyper in order to cope with over-stimulate. It’s like there trying to wake up their adrenals. This is an example of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
Here are some basic solutions: A high protein plant-based diet. Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Exercising on tread mill has shown to benefit cognition. Meditation and Deep Breathing will calm and focus. Herbs like Bacopa and Ginkgowill benefit circulation and cognition. Supplements like Theanine and Acetyl-L-Carnitine are very beneficial to Focus. And, don’t forget to drink clean water.
Greg Ashby, CHHC/ Director of Education-AskDrGarland.com