When working with adults & students struggling to achieve optimal focus and a state of creative thinking I refer to the methods of a top athlete preparing to compete. There are a number of specific Do’s and Dont’s to achieving optimal activation/peak performance state (at work or at school).
- Don’t spend time on your screen the night before, or the morning of your big presentation/exam;
- Don’t neglect sleep, nutrition, fitness;
- Don’t dress uncomfortably;
- Don’t over-caffeinate.
- First thing in the morning, meditate or quiet prayer time (2 – 5 minutes);
- Visualize your achievement/victory;
- Listen to your favourite, regulating playlist;
- Do a short workout;
- Take a regulating shower/bath;
- Enjoy a crunchy and chewy breakfast, and hydrate;
- Wear your focus-scent.
5-minutes to performance, in-chair:
- Flex your quads tightly and rotate your ankles;
- Tilt your hips forwards and backwards (cat and cow);
- Perform neck stretches, place the opposite hand above your ear, and gently stretch;
- Look up-and-down, and left-and-right (x4);
- Link your fingers, and provide firm deep pressure from the top of your head, down through to your neck;
- Practice deep breathing with visualization so as to activate both the parasympathetic nervous system and your right brain hemisphere, this ensures a creative and relaxed state of mind.
On your marks, get set, GO!
PS Photo is tongue-in-cheek