At one time, I was at the top of one of Stockholm’s hottest companies. On the verge of going public, and with an executive marketing title and sizable salary, I somehow felt empty. After some soul searching, I realized that I couldn’t
- 10 Jan 17 8.34 amRead more
The Focus School: 5 Reasons Why L-theanine's Awesome For You
We all know that L-theanine is an amazing natural ingredient in so many products today, especially green tea (one of our favorites). In fact, L-theanine is such an effective ingredient, that we went ahead and added it to our flagship line, NOA Relax & Focus!
Here are just five fast facts that will get you impressed and excited about the possibilities L-theanine has to offer:
- L-theanine is an amino acid that you are most likely to find in green tea and in NOA Relax & Focus
- Amino acids are scientifically proven to help you relieve stress. L-theanin also helps us relax without feeling any drowsiness.
- If you feel the need to boost your concentration and alertness, L-theanin has almost the same effect as coffee but without the caffeine.
- Due to the lack of caffeine, L-theanin will also help you improve your sleep.
- L-theanin is also a self-confidence booster. During physical or physiological stress the L-theanin contributes to you feeling less anxiety.
L-theanine fan anyone? Leave a comment below?
- 17 Jan 17 8.58 amRead more
The Stress-free Guide: 4 Hacks to Less Stress and More Focus
With so much to do these days, it seems like everyone is trying to find the “magic bullet” when it comes to stress management. The need to focus on our tasks and produce results in a competitive environment only adds more to our stresses. We’ve compiled a list below that will act as a springboard for working on de-stressing in our everyday lives:
What you do during your spare time affects the brain’s recovery. It may be spending time on a hobby, talking to a friend, or playing with your children. Recovery occurs when the brain does not need to make a cognitive effort, instead allowing it to react spontaneously and pleasurably. In other words: your leisure time should be fun.
Staying in nature
A simple way of allowing the brain to recover and to gather new energy is to spend some time outdoors. Research shows that being outdoors and spending time in green spaces can aid brain recovery as it stimulates our brain’s automated processes. Natural sounds like birds and water also have a restorative effect on our brain and a walk in the woods after work is a great way to unwind and recharge the brain. Try to resist using your cell phone and enjoy the moment.
Today there is a lot of research about the beneficial effects meditation has on our health, stress levels, and concentration. Simply put, meditation is a way to focus on the here and now and to empty the mind. It also allows us to focus on what we ought to do more of everyday: be more attentive to our thoughts and learn to control what we focus on. Meditation, combined with deep and quiet breathing, is great if you are stressed. Stressed breathing is shallow and your body does not receive enough oxygen. You can gain health benefits from meditating for as little as 10 minutes a day, and to help you there is a wide range of meditation apps available.
Physical exercise triggers processes in the brain that affect brain function and well-being. Many of these processes have an evolutionary background and have helped us survive. A clear example of the survival instinct is still apparent today after we have run for about an hour; many people get a feeling of lightness and euphoria. Many scientists agree that this is a function to encourage us to continue running in order to tire out our prey.
But you don’t have to run for miles and miles to have a positive effect on your brain. A brisk walk can suffice in increasing your heart rate. When the heart pumps faster, more oxygen is delivered to the blood, with the brain receiving more oxygen and increasing our alertness levels. When your heart rate increases, you become short of breath, secreting a hormone that has an impact on mood, concentration, and learning. Exercise also makes the brain more resilient by increasing the body’s basic levels of stress hormone secretion. There are several studies that show that daily exercise can have a major effect on our health from a ‘whole life’ perspective. Exercise also has an influence on our lifespan: people who run between two and three times a week can prolong their lives by between five and six years.
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