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Give yourself a “Brain Boost” with Mindfulness Meditation and Deep Breathing

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Decision making, problem solving, creative thinking, studying, critical thinking and analysis, planning, organizing, are just some of the cognitive processes that are involved in our everyday life. Whether it’s the student who needs to focus for long hours in preparation for an exam, a lawyer who needs to prepare for a court case, a surgeon who is conducting surgery in a few hours, or an accountant who has to pay great attention to detail, our mental or cognitive functions need to be at their peak to avoid errors and to achieve the peak performance.problem

We can be at our best each time and moment in spite of the overwhelming stress and pressure that we face. There are deadlines to meet, targets to reach, grades to attain, cases to win, deals to seal,  projects to initiate and many demands that we place on ourselves which lead to stress.

The impact of stress on your cognitive functions cannot be downplayed. When we are stressed, it’s usually very difficult to think clearly or get involved in tasks without making mistakes. Our memory seems to be poor as high stress levels may lead to poor recall or forgetting information.

Mindfulness Meditation is a tool that can help you improve your mental functioning by combating the effects of stress.

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Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without a judgmental attitude while observing your thoughts, breathes, emotions and environment. This can be combined with relaxation techniques that serve to control your body’s’ processes and keep you from being stressed. A common relaxation technique is deep breathing.This can help curb anxiety that may occur when in complex situations that may demand for higher other thinking skills. Here are some of the ways “Mindfulness Meditation” can help you increase your cognitive function by a large percentage:

  • Improved focus and concentration: A calmer mind yields better focus and reduced wandering or racing thoughts. Mindfulness Meditation helps you stay focused on the present and this is transferable to other activities. When you need to perform an important task that needs optimum, take some deep breathes.
  • Clear and Smart thinking: When we are stressed and feel overwhelmed by activities and demands at work and home, clear thinking is almost impossible. Our minds are filled with so many things it that makes it difficult to arrive at good decisions or solve day to day problems. With biofeedback, a calm mind can be achieved.
  • Reduced anxiety: Relaxation training coupled with Mindfulness helps reduce anxiety that may impede optimal performance. When worries and anxiety are minimal, you can perform at your best.
  • Better memory and cognition: Research has shown stress can cause acute and chronic changes in certain brain areas which can cause long-term damages and poor memory. With mindfulness meditation, you can easily overcome the effects of stress.

With all said, why not choose skills that can improve your performance at work, school and at home. To learn how to breathe deeply please try our QUICK CALM TECHNIQUE, Visit http://www.mobilehealthconsult.org/?page_id=440

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Author: mhcbiofeedback

Dr. Morayo Jimoh, a Chartered Educational Psychologist, is also a neurofeedback therapist in private practice. She obtained a Doctoral degree in the field of Psychology of Education from University of South Africa (UNISA). She is a member of the following associations: 1. Association for Applied psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB); 2. International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR); and 3. American Psychological Association (APA). 4. British Psychological Society 5. Psychological Society of South Africa Her field of interest is neuropsychological learning disabilities in children. Dr. Morayo Jimoh is a lecturer in Child Development in the Department of Early Childhood Education and Development under Distance learning at University of South Africa.

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