- 14 Feb 17 9.25 amRead more
The Focus School: 5 Ways to Stay Stress-free After Work
Negative stress occurs when the balance between what we should do and what we are able to do don´t match. This negative stress can be reduced with the help of different activities that we do on our spare time.
Here are only five activities that will help you relieve stress:
- Take an afternoon to just relax, maybe take a bath or listen to calm music.
- Physical activity will help the brain to produce endorphins which work as the body´s own stress relief. So why not take a run in the forest or take a class in the gym?
- When choosing your spare time activity it is important to choose something that will help you gain energy instead of an activity that will devour your energy.
- It is also important to choose an activity that you enjoy with others, rather than an activity alone.
- One last tip: in order to reduce stress, don’t take work with you home, let your house be a holy place for spare time.
- 24 Jan 17 9.02 amRead more
The Focus School: 5 Reasons Why Sleep Cures Stress (Sort Of!)
Sleep and stress are in many ways linked to each other. Stress can stand in the way of good quality sleep and vice versa, a good night sleep can help you control your stress level. Here are five reasons why sleep is so important:
- It is a well known phenomenon that sleep has an important effect on well-being; in the last few decades has it also been known that sleep affects the amount of stress we receive during the day.
- Since stress is affected by how you perceive the stressfulness of your life, enough hours of sleep per night will help you cope with the problems you receive during the day in a positive way.
- The control you get over your body and mind when you’re sleeping will help you keep the stress level in check.
- As we sleep the body repairs itself and builds new antibodies that will help you stand against diseases, which also gives you tools to better handle the stress that can occur in the day.
- When getting a good night sleep the human brain and body can work as it should, it helps control our mood and actions.
- 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?
- 21 Feb 17 9.15 amRead more
The Stress-free Guide: Becoming a Better (Self) Manager
In many workplaces today you not only strive towards personal goals, you also have more freedom to set up your work in a way that suits you. This requires that you be your own boss, which can be both positive and negative. On the positive side being your own boss strengthens your autonomy and makes it fun to go to work. But it also places demands on an individual’s ability to create and schedule their own work.
Research has shown that the more freedom we have to organise our work life as we want the more we work. This is because work is a reflection of ourselves: we therefore work harder and give more than is expected when self-managing.
The better we are at long-term planning, organizing, and prioritizing our work, the easier it is to maintain mental focus and productivity. To be a good self-manager, one must apply him or herself, setting boundaries and keeping track of how much time and energy you have to put towards work.
- 07 Feb 17 9.08 amRead more
The Stress-free Guide: 5 Tips to Better Sleep
Often time when we are stressed out, or overwhelmed with the things we have going on in our lives, we sleep less. Maybe we don’t prioritize it; maybe our sleep is interrupted by our thoughts, feelings, worries. Nevertheless, sleep is a critical part of one’s health, especially when it comes to our brain.
Having problems with sleep? Try out these 5 tips to get your Z’s on:
Because stress is the main contributor to sleep problems, it is important to deal with stress. In order to reduce stress, try starting by reducing the number of things you need to manage, as well as your ambitions. Change your approach to potentially stressful situations and put things in perspective. Increase your capacity to handle a variety of tasks by taking control of situations, getting some exercise, and consider motivations.
Cool Down Time
A stimulated mind has a difficult time relaxing and getting to sleep. Turning off the TV, computer, or other device at least one hour before bedtime can help. The light from your computer or cellphone can stop you sleeping at bedtime because the light from the screen reduces the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy.
Avoid coffee, tea, and alcohol. Both coffee and tea contain caffeine and protein, which has a half-life in the body of 6-8 hours and can affect sleep. Alcohol in small quantities can facilitate sleep, but will affect deep sleep when the body begins to break down the alcohol. Your sleep becomes shallow and you will be prone to waking up quickly. When the body begins to break down larger amounts of alcohol, your body temperature and heart rate increases, and you will sleep poorly.
Low intensity exercise is important for sleep. Daily exercise, such as walking or even just cleaning the house, can tire you out. High-intensity training, however, makes us more alert, for anything up to two hours after exercising, so should be avoided at night in order to allow us to fall asleep when we want to.
Get Some Sun
Being outdoors can have many different effects on us, mainly on how we feel. The amount of daylight affects serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that affects mood, appetite, and sleep. A lack of daylight also affects our production of the sleep hormone melatonin. When your eyes are not exposed to light, a gland behind the eyes begins to produce melatonin, which makes us sleepy. That’s why, during winter, we are often sleepy and want to sleep even more. Being outdoors half an hour at midday makes can make you more alert during the day and will make it easier to fall asleep at night.
- 31 Jan 17 9.06 amRead more
The Stress-free Guide: Why Sleep Matters
Sleep is the most important form of recovery, both mentally and physically. Many people experience insomnia and report that the most common reason for this is stress.
That Good Sleep
Sleep is the most important form of recovery for both our body and our brain. While we sleep, our brain is at rest and repairing itself. It is not just a matter of how long we sleep, but also how deeply we sleep. Researchers have shown that we need to sleep for around seven hours a night in order to avoid the adverse health effects caused by a lack of rest. Most of those who report having sleep problems say that it is due to stress. But levels of physical activity, being overweight, and over-stimulation all contribute to sleep difficulties.
Sleep deprivation can have an adverse effect both on the brain and its function, making it harder to concentrate and to perform our brain’s controlled processes. We think more slowly and sometimes make rash decisions. Memory is also affected; we find it more difficult to retain information, to store memories, and to learn new things.
The amount of sleep we need changes over time. People of working age need to sleep approximately seven to eight hours per night. Women often need slightly more sleep than men – this is believed to be due to the fact that women generally multi-task more, which consumes more energy. We sleep less as we grow older; after the age of 65 we require about six hours sleep a night for the brain to recover.
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