Sunday, 19 January 2014

How to Increase Your Mental Alertness

 Absentmindedness is a huge problem for many people It can be very frustrating, embarassing and sometimes downright dangerous. Do you have trouble staying focused on the task at hand? Have you ever walked into a room, stopped, and couldn't remember why you went there?

Do not fret, you are not alone. This happens to many people, young and old. Luckily, there is help and if you are not taking advantage of it yet, then you should start today.

The simplest way to improve mental alertness is to exercise. However, exercise is also the least utilized. This is because most people do not think of exercise as a tool to increase their mental alertness.

They simply go to work, come home, sit in their easy chair and watch TV until it is time to go to bed. They lead very sedentary lifestyles. Exercise is the farthest thing from their minds. Does this sound familiar?

It is not very difficult to change this pattern. It need not be a long drawn out workout regime. It could be as simple as getting up and stretching after sitting at your work desk or computer for 1/2 hour or grabbing a sip of water at the water cooler.

On the other hand, instead of coming home and plopping down in front of the boob tube all night, you could take your dog for a walk, lift some weights (simple soup cans or water jugs work quite well as weights), dance around with your kids (if you have any) or go for a bike ride. It's up to you. Figure out something that you like to do and do it.

Exercise releases a chemical in your brain that helps you to be more alert, not only while you are doing the exercise but for the rest of the day. This is why Joe down the street, who starts his day by going for a jog around the neighborhood, seems to have enough energy for two people.

Stimulating your mind each day by learning something new is another good way to increase your mental alertness. Whether you sit down and watch an interesting clip on The History Channel, read a new book about the Egyptians or do a crossword puzzle.

Challenging your mind to take in new information not only means that you will learn new things, but as an added benefit, you will also acquire a higher level of mental alertness.

Of course, getting the necessary amount of sleep will also help you stay mentally alert. If you are only getting a few hours of sleep per night you will wake up fatigued and more prone to forgetfulness.

Simply put... by getting the needed amound of sleep, you can expect your mind to perform at a higher level. Something you can't expect if you don't give it enough time to recuperate. All you need to do is allot the time necessary each night for this to occur.

So, here is an easy way to incorporate these three ways into your day so that you maximize your mental alertness potential. When you come home after work, change into something comfortable. Jog, bike, rollerskate, rollerblade, etc. down to your local library. Get a book about a topic that interests you, go back home and read. Then, go to bed at an early time. The next day, do it again.

Hopefully, in a matter of a few days, you will start seeing an improvement. However, if the problem persists or gets worse then you should see a doctor or psychologist.

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