10 Simple Hacks for Improving Focus

Posted on May 21, 2020May 21, 2020Categories ADD/ADHDTags   Leave a comment on 10 Simple Hacks for Improving Focus

Do you struggle with improving focus when working on a project, or working or really at any time in your life? This is a common problem for a lot of us. Improving focus can be even more difficult for those of us with sensory issues or other special challenges. However, I’m learned over the years, a variety of tips that can work to help improve focus.

  1. Put away everything else you are working on. Keep only one browser window/tab open etc. While I often like to keep multiple tabs open to keep track of all the projects I need to work on, sometimes it can also be distracting and it can improve your focus to only have one window open at the same time.
  2. Use essential oils. It can help to just smell a few of these or put them in the diffuser.
  3. Go outside for a few minutes. Sometimes you just need fresh air and it is amazing what going outside can do to improve your focus.
  4. Make sure you are working on only things that are really important to your long term goals. This can be a big one. One common reason you may be struggling with focus is because you are working on things you don’t really value or find to be important.
  5. Take 1 minute to breathe. Just like going outside, sometimes you just need to stop and breathe to gain focus. Yes, it really can be that simple.
  6. Count to 10. Yes, sometimes this can work great too.
  7. Listen to some classical music. There are a lot of research studies that have proven that listening to classical music can improve your ability to focus.
  8. Take a break. Sometimes you just need one.
  9. Avoid trying to work on too many things at once. This is related to number one. Most people even if they think they can multi-task, they really can’t.
  10. Work on something else. Sometimes you just need to change your focus to a different project or task entirely. This doesn’t mean you can’t come back to what you were working on later.

How I Plan to Stay Healthy While Traveling in the Future

Posted on May 20, 2020May 20, 2020Categories travelTags   Leave a comment on How I Plan to Stay Healthy While Traveling in the Future

While travel isn’t possible right now as of my writing of this post, I thought I would share some thoughts about how I plan to stay healthy while traveling in the future. I really enjoy traveling even though I don’t do it all the time. That said since I have hashimoto’s and allergies that can make it harder for me to travel without risks that are now even higher after the pandemic we are going through right now, I do have to be careful when I do travel. I’ve seen some videos and read a few articles about how travel will change in the future and thought I would chime in with my thoughts about how I think my travel will change in the future.

First, While airlines and other travel related companies will be sanitizing everything more frequently, they typically will use chemicals that aren’t the greatest for your health and that have caused me problems in the past. These means that I will always need to make sure I have what I need to help control my allergies and seasonal threats with me, even if it’s not during allergy season.

Second, even though direct flights are often more expensive and sometimes more limited depending upon the location, I plan to purchase direct flights as frequently as possible even at the higher cost. I think that doing this will help me to avoid additional airports that may or may not have a higher risk of me being exposed to additional germs and bacteria.

Third, While I always travel with additional pills and packets of Vitamin C, and Vitamin D, and sometimes other immune supporting supplements, in the past I will need to take more of these with me than I have in the past.

Fourth, while I don’t like wearing a mask all the time- I think it can affect your breathing when worn for too long. And, I’m sure that masks will be required while traveling in some places, I will be taking a few masks with me on trips regardless of any requirements by travel companies and agencies.

Fifth, I will seriously consider for shorter trips, and for longer trips such as those to Europe, I will get an IV of vitamin C or another immune booting formula before my trip. While these can be pricey, I feel like it will be worth lessening my risk of catching a severe illness.

Sixth, When traveling anywhere that can be accessed either by car or by train within 2 days I will rethink whether or not flying is best and safest way for me to make the trip. I’ve never taken a trip by train and I’ve wanted to for awhile so I can see myself making a trip somewhere by train in the near future.

Seventh, I will likely travel less and to locations that are really on my bucket list and not just to anywhere I can find a deal.

What changes will you make to your travel plans to make travel healthier for you?

For now these are my plans. They might and probably will change but for now these are the ways I plan to make travel healthier for me and my current health needs.

The 10 Most Impactful Health Books I’ve Ever Read

Posted on May 15, 2020May 20, 2020Categories BooksTags   Leave a comment on The 10 Most Impactful Health Books I’ve Ever Read

In today’s times when most of us have more time on our hands than usual, I thought I would share with you 10 of the most impactful health books I’ve ever read. I’ve read a lot of health books and continue to read even more, however, only a small selection makes the list of the best and most impactful health books I’ve ever read.

  1. How to Make Disease Disappear

If you read only one book on this list, this is it. Seriously. If you have any kind of health condition or challenge, this book offers some real practical and in some ways different advice than what you may have heard about how to make that health challenge disappear.

2. The Auto-immune Solution

As someone who is still working on overcoming Hashimoto’s an autoimmune condition, this book has been very helpful and is a book I’ve reread several times.

3. Superfoods

You’ve no doubt heard about superfoods but what exactly are superfoods? While I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this book, this book is what you could call the bible on superfoods, what they are, how to eat them, which ones are the best and so on.

4. The Savvy Gluten Free Shopper

This book is the best I’ve read on how to shop for a gluten free lifestyle without breaking the bank. The advice is solid, down to earth and actually useful.

5. Integrative Nutrition

This book was written by the founder of the health coaching program I attended, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has a lot of great insights about nutrition and how it impacts our world and our eating habits.

6. DIY Reflexology

Have you ever tried reflexology? Ideally you will find someone else to do it on you, however, this book is really helpful if you are wanting to try doing it on yourself.

7. Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine

While there are probably hundreds of books on essential oils, this is easily one of the top five. Learn all about essential oils, how they were used as ancient medicine and how they can help you today.

8. Eat Dirt

This is a great book all about how to heal from leaky gut and other digestive issues. A lot more of us have this problem than realize it.

9. The Auto-immune Wellness Handbook

Auto-immune wellness- another topic about which there are tons of books, however, this book is one of the best.

10. Grain Brain

If you’ve ever wondered why a lot of people feel better going gluten free even when they don’t have celiac disease, or wondered if you should go gluten free, then you need to read this book. Easily the best book on why gluten free is a good idea for a lot more people than just those with celiac disease. This book also talks about the connection between gluten and your brain.