Want to be Better Focused & More Energetic?

1Get Rid of The Clutter!

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Written By: Joey Wilson

Yes, it is that simple – declutter your life. Your brain is a processor, taking in information and doing something with it. How is all the incoming information being used? Well, it depends. In a recent study at Princeton University, putting it in simple terms, when clutter is present within your environment, it restricts your ability to focus[i]. Even though you may not be focusing on that “stuff” surrounding you, it competes with your ability to process information. It causes a distraction, causing your brain to be less effective. When you are less focused, productivity will go down. How does this happen? Visual input, your eyes. When you are not intentionally focusing on your surroundings, your eyes are inputting visual information to the brain. Your brain is taking in information at the same time as you are trying to focus. It is competing for your brain’s attention at the same time you are trying to focus on a solution or problem. Remember, multitasking is a myth.

Many of you who have spent any time with a toddler can relate to this. Have you ever taken a child to the store with you and as you pass by the candy stand the torture begins? “Can you buy me a candy? Please buy me a candy, I want a candy!” You know how the routine goes. Well, clutter is that child screaming for attention!

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The visual input from the clutter is competing for your attention. It will wear you down, causing you to work harder on focusing and concentration – taking your energy away. Neuroscientists are discovering that external influences will compete with your thought process.

For you to be more effective start decluttering your workspace, even your living space. Keep it simple if possible. I guess I need to start working on cleaning my office. Hmm, do I really need to get rid of those shells from Costa Rica? I can’t get rid of my Snickers candy tin! I think I have my work cut out for me.

One more thing, stay hydrated. Your brain consists about 73% water[ii], so as you are decluttering, drink plenty of water.

[1] Erin Doland, March 29, 2011 Scientists find physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus, process information. from: https://unclutterer.com/2011/03/29/scientists-find-physical-clutter-negatively-affects-your-ability-to-focus-process-information/
[1] H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158. from: USGS – https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html

Were You a “Stressed Out Wreck” as a Child?

Hopefully not. Have we forgotten what life is all about and we are focusing on too “Many Things” in life?

Why is it as we get older, we try to cram more stuff into our day? Do you remember when we were young most of us were too busy having fun. Enjoying our friends and playing. We would take the time to relax in a child’s way because we were kids! It appears as we got older, we had let that go. It is difficult when you are putting in up 60 maybe 70 hours a week into your career. The additional pressures of life can add additional stress. So, what is one of the differences between you now and your early childhood? It is your brain chemistry.2

Cerebral congestion[i], so much is coming at you and your brain cannot deal with it. Your brain is telling you to stop! Its full but you have so much to get done.

Our life style will change our brain chemistry and how it performs. If we continue to push ourselves and not take breaks, we can drive us into a continue state of Fight or Flight When we are relaxed, the left side of our brain is slightly dominant. When we are excited we become right side dominant. If we continue to be right side dominant, we can become stuck and no longer be in harmony and balance. A couple of tips to help you not become “STUCK”.

Multitasking[ii]: This is a Myth. It takes the brain at least one second to disengage and engage into the other task. In this time lapse, you are not focused on either task, therefore could be missing, or misinterpreting vital information.

The Siesta[iii]: 20 to 30 minutes power naps may sound strange in our society, but you will perform better if you give your brain a rest. You will be more efficient and perform at a higher level.

Know your circadian rhythms[iv]: Your internal clock. What time do you perform best? If possible make major decisions at your peak. If you are at your low level of your circadian rhythm, it becomes more stressful for you in making those major decisions.

Don’t cram so much “STUFF” into your day. Enjoy the day to the fullest, for it each day is unique and comes only once. If its windy outside, go fly a kite and enjoy that moment in time.

Take care,

By Joey Wilson

An Optimal Brain

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[i] Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime – Scientific American – Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mental-downtime/

[ii] A Brain-Based Method for Being More Productive -Geil Browning -Source: https://www.inc.com/geil-browning/a-brain-based-method-for-being-more-productive.html

[iii] I am of Hispanic background. Family cultural tradition.

[iv] 10 ways to Rejuvenate Your Mind While You Work – Source: https://www.emergenetics.com/blog/10-ways-to-rejuvenate-your-mind/

https://www.emergenetics.com/blog/10-ways-to-rejuvenate-your-mind/

Improve Your Quality of Life

Are we a society hooked on drugs?

For example, in the first six months of 2015:

  1. Over 10 million prescriptions for Lyrica (for fibromyalgia)
  2.  10 million for Vyvanse (A federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Used for treatment of deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  3. 8.3 million for Abilify (Antipsychotic for schizophrenia, depression, bipolar)

In the first six months of this year over 250 million prescriptions will be given for the top 100 branded drugs. How many of them will leave these individuals compromised in ways they would have never known if they hadn’t used them in the first place? Of these prescriptions how may improve the quality of life and enhance the overall well-being of these unique individuals?

These medications do serve a purpose. However, the majority of these medications clamp down and prevent the brain from relaxing.

What does it mean to have a “Relaxed Brain?”

Our brain ideally in a relaxed state is flexible, unclouded and allows us to focus. Since the brain is our “Master Control Center” of the body, in a Relaxed state, the body functions properly. But life is not perfect. Life is stressful. It can be traumatic. During a time of stress or trauma, the brain wants to do only one thing – survive. It will do what it must do to keep us alive. Fight, Flight or Freeze is great when you are in a dangerous situation. But today we stress out about money, our children at school and even what we are going to wear for the day. The brain cannot tell the difference between stress induced by the pressure of work or being chased by a Bengal tiger. When we continually live at this high level of stress, our brain begins to lose flexibility and stress become accumulative. It creates a new “Setpoint,” and it becomes the “New Normal.” When we experience fewer stressors, it becomes difficult to be calm because we are now “Stuck” at this new “Setpoint.” We will experience anxiety, depression, anger, insomnia, digestion issues, lack of focus, fogged mind to name a few. Get the point? We are messed up!

An Optimal Brain uses a licensed technology from Brain State Technologies to bring the brain back to a relaxed state. It is a non-evasive process that takes the frequencies of the brain, converts the frequencies to a digital signal and sends it to a software program that converts the brain frequencies to sound. This sound is fed back to the brain through ear buds. What this does is create a sound mirror that the brain recognizes. Do you know what is so amazing about our brain? It knows what is normal. It now can hear itself, realizes it is not functioning normally, and then begins the process of Resetting itself. It breaks the brain from being “Stuck” and begins to return to the Relaxed state. When we are in a Relaxed state, we become focused, clear headed and our bodies function properly. This process is called Brain Wave Optimization (BWO).

BWO is currently used by the Military for PTSD and in professional sports. With over 100,000 BWO’s performed, it has given many the quality of life and well-being they have been seeking. If you want an improved quality of life, An Optimal Brain will offer BWO beginning January 2017. I personally have gone through the process, and it has given me a better and more fulfilling life. Are you feeling “Stuck” or not experiencing the fulfilled life or overall well-being you always wanted? Call 951-319-7819 or email info@anoptimalbrain.com today to schedule your BWO evaluation.

Dancing in Harmony

A female client, Hope[1], at an early age was sexually assaulted numerous times by a family member, and a close trusted adult friend. It has caused a severe trauma that revisited her during her whole life of more than 40 years. She had sought out professional help and believed she had dealt with it, however, it would occasionally come back to haunt her.

She came to An Optimal Brain[2] to help her to deal with another traumatic experience that had recently occurred within her life. During Brainwave Optimization (BWO)[3] to her surprise, the childhood emotions once again rose its ugly head. She worked through it and continued BWO.

Three months later she visited us, excited to shared her new story. She was experiencing joy and happiness within her life. She had a calmness she could not describe. Most importantly, how she now was dealing with her past. When the traumatic emotion hits, she now experiences it in a different way. Strangely, when the memory comes back and the typical emotional response begins builds up, it came to a point and stopped, as if it waiting for her to make a choice in how she was going to respond. Instead of the typical automatic response of anxiety or fear, Hope chose not to allow the memory of her childhood to hold her captive. She made a conscious decision to put the memory and the typical emotional response into her past. She could make the decision it was not a part of her present or future. It no longer had a hold on her. Hope now has the power to decide on how to respond. She chose to allow the negative emotional experience to be in her past, not in her current life.

It is not the first time I heard this story of “Given the Power of Choice”. It may be a different trauma, but the results have been similar.

Trauma can come in so many ways, sexual assault, trauma due to warfare, physical injury, auto accident and birth. During a traumatic situation, the brain communicates the body to go into survival mode. Digestion, urination, and other bodily processes that are necessary shut down for “get ready for survival mode.” All this available energy is now channeled to the muscles and brain, for immediate survival, and is for short-term. After the life-threatening event, the body returns to its normal relaxed state of flexibility, a normal response. When a person continues to relive the traumatic situation, the brain perceives this as a life-threatening situation therefore, activates the neurotransmitters to prepare for battle. It signals the body to release a barrage of hormones, preparing the body for the imminent threat. If the person continues to struggle with the stress the brain begins to perceive every situation as negative and soon it is locked in this state. A new set-point is created. We refer to it as being “Stuck.” It becomes a challenge for the brain to return to its normal relaxed state of flexibility.

Depending on how we deal with it, the memory will either become insignificant or it controls our life. As we live our lives, there are triggers which will set off the memory and emotion. When that occurs, we respond either in a fight/flight or freeze. It will exhibit itself as anxiety, anger, depression, or fear. Our brains are designed to be in a relaxed state of flexibility when there is not a threat. In a life threating situation, the brain prioritizes resources for they are limited within the body. Being stuck in a constant state of high arousal is exhausting. Again, to survive, the brain must prioritize its resources. As the stress accumulates, physical damage to the bodily functions can occur and has exhibited as joint pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, lupus and weakened immune system.[4]

At An Optimal Brain[5], we do not treat or diagnose. What we do is help the brain break away from being stuck and to begin the process of resetting itself. To help it return to its natural, relaxed state of flexibility.

Hope is a different woman from the first time we met. She now has the opportunity in how she will respond when the negative memory and emotion peers its ugly head. She has chosen to leave it her past. She has now regained control of her life.

With BWO, each person will respond differently. If you are like Hope and are looking for a way to have a choice in dealing with your haunting past, visit our website; www.anoptimalbrain.com and contact us. Hope did and now she has “The Opportunity to Make a Choice.”

[1]Fictitious name given for blog

[2]An Brain Optimal®is a licensed provider for Brain State Technologies®

[3]Brainwave Optimization® and Brain State Technologies® are registered trademarks of Brain State Technologies, LLC.

Brainwave Optimization® is not intended to treat, cure, heal, or diagnose any disease, mental illness or symptom.

Brainwave Optimization® is intended to facilitate relaxation and auto-calibration of neural oscillations.

[4]US Department of Veteran Affairs

[5]An Optimal Brain®, we do not intend to treat, cure, heal, or diagnose any disease, mental illness or symptom.

Should we call you Sugar Lips?

By Joey Wilson

Sugar is awesome! I love the sweet stuff, yet we all know that too much sugar can harm your body. But what about your brain? Well, it is part of the body. I hate to break your heart, but too much sugar consumption can hurt your brain as well. The average American and our Canadian neighbors eat about 66 pounds of sugar a year[i]. A diet high in sugar can hinder learning and memory by slowing down the brain. A study in UCLA has shown that sugar damages the synaptic connection within the brain (the communication or connection between two neurons or brain cells).[ii] It also has been found that sugar and carbon rich foods not only play havoc with our weight – it messes with our mood! It can lead to brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, learning disorders[iii] and is a possible cause of depression[iv]. We all know a sugar-laden diet can lead to diabetes, and there are indications that there is possibility of a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disorder now being classified as a type 3 diabetes[v].

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So far, not so good. In a study conducted at Princeton University, in a preliminary review, neuroscientist Bart Hoebel stated “Sugar triggers production of the brain’s natural opioids. “We think that is a key to the addiction process …the brain is getting addicted to its own opioids as it would to morphine or heroin.” Sugar can become an addiction and like a drug the withdrawal signs are similar to drug withdrawal[vi]. Enough with the bad news. The good news is you can do something about it. Your mind is very powerful. But do not do this alone. Work with your physician, counselor or nutritionist.

At An Optimal Brain, we work together with providers as a team member. Brainwave Optimization is an excellent method to “unstuck” your brain and bring it back to its natural state of relaxation and help you “break the habit”.

[i] University of San Francisco, sugar science the unsweetened truth, “How Much is Too Much”. Source retrieved from:

http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/the-growing-concern-of-overconsumption/#.WShTDJLyvb1

[ii][ii] By Carolyn Gregoire, ‘This is What Sugar Does to Your Brain” Huffpost, April 06, 2017. Source retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/sugar-brain-mental-health_n_6904778.html

[iii] Dr. Joseph Mercola, “What Sugar Does to Your Brain?” May 6, 2017. Source retrieved from:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/05/06/sugar-brain-health.aspx

[iv] ibid

[v] Dr. Mark Hyman, MD“ Alzheimer’s = Type 3 Diabetes. Source retrieved from:

http://drhyman.com/blog/2016/02/12/why-alzheimers-is-now-considered-type-3-diabetes

[vi] News from Princeton University, Office of Communications, June 20, 2002, “Sugar on the brain: Study shows sugar dependence in rats.” Source retrieved from:

https://www.princeton.edu/pr/news/02/q2/0620-hoebel.htm

 

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