Clearing the mind so the brain can work better

I have been “experimenting” a bit with my morning routine, seeing what works and what doesn’t. I am mixing in exercise and specific eating habits, as well as planning strategies. I’m also mixing in the unexpected.

I went off my morning routine for a few days, over the weekend, and I found it does not work very well at all. I had a bunch of unplanned activities come up a few times, first thing in the morning, and that kept me from exercising. The rest of those days were not very productive, and I had a lot of trouble focusing and keeping up with what was going on around me. I also had temper problems.

On the days when I have been exercising, however, I’ve been able to really focus and maintain my calm and composure. I really think there’s something to that  “exercise as cortisol management” idea.

What works best for me is exercising for a little while, right when I get up. I can think through my upcoming day while I’m doing that. Then I follow it with breakfast and vitamins, and I get into my day.

I have found that exercising really helps me clear my mind. Taking my attention off everything except my physical form as I exercise, helps me remove some of the clutter that just seems to “show up” as soon as I wake up. And working up a sweat while I’m doing it also helps clear out the cobwebs.

When my brain doesn’t have all those extra minutiae and distractions and unfinished/poorly formed thoughts rolling around in it, it can focus in on what needs to be formed — the snippets of ideas that are all running through my head have a chance to be carefully thought-through. And by the time I’m done exercising, I have a clearer image in my head of what I want to achieve, and how.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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