This is the resilience skill we need to help with cognition or thinking clearly, focusing and concentrating and mental clarity.

Three core thinking skills are essential for peak mental performance and for recovering from brainfog and also helping to manage conditions like adult ADHD successfully. This resilience skill set is also crucial for healthy brain ageing .

These overlapping abilities to focus, have clarity of thought, and retain new information are all needed to help execute your life’s vision and stay on track with doing the little things that get you there – whilst also managing the daily stressors of modern life.

Overcoming Lack of Focus and Clarity

People living with ADHD or those experiencing similar symptoms without a formal diagnosis may have trouble with remembering daily routines, tasks, and commitments and following through, despite their best intentions. Their memory for routine things gets worse under stress, more so than other people. Some preliminary research suggests that people with ADHD may also have trouble managing oxidative or cell stress in the brain. This ‘stress forgetfulness’ often causes strain in both professional and personal relationships.

Related to this area of focus and clarity are some practical skills like the ability to stay organized – organizing your thoughts and your environment, which frees up mental headspace.

If you tend towards these traits or can be a bit scattered, it is also very common to have lots of new ideas and a fast-paced mind. While these are two things that can be a great asset for the creative process, on the flip side, they can see you starting many projects in the initial excitement phase but quickly becoming overwhelmed with the number of balls in the air. Sometimes, people find it hard to finish projects when stress forgetfulness makes following through more difficult.

Once you recognize this is a challenging area, work on strategies to help. Resist the temptation to get lost in phone messages or emails as the way to plan your day. Instead, break projects down into clear, bite-sized chunks and take steps to avoid mental overwhelm and shutdown mode. You can try using the RM app to help organize your self care plan and track interventions you start to help with this resilience skill area.

If this is a challenging area, you may also find a hidden strength – being highly creative in some way – and you may also have the ability to hyperfocus on something you are passionate about, with the ability to tap into a very productive flow state when this trait is optimized with clear predictable routines and keeping even bedtimes and wake up times constant even on weekends.

Multitasking is a Myth

Our lives are now filled with an increasing number of digital distractions and constant stimulation sources from screens, social media, email, and messaging apps, each vying for even a few seconds of your attention.

We are also expected to multitask now more than previous generations – and it’s often seen as a great strength with bragging rights. But, the virtues of multitasking are mainly a myth.

Multitasking Does Not Increase Productivity.

In most cases, it decreases it. When our attention to any single task is divided, our brains have to refocus our efforts again and again. So if you find it hard to multitask, don’t despair or try to force yourself. Instead, do the opposite. Concentrate on one single thing at a time. You’ll get more done and reduce your mental overwhelm – with the confidence that neuroscience is on your side.

Tips on Focus + Clarity

  • CBD, alpha-pinene, CBN, micro dosing THC
  • mind-body:
    • Concentration based meditations
  • Diet:
    • Resilience Medicine Level 1 Keto diet (may work better for men vs. women but everyone is different)
    • RM Level 2 Diet (if keto is too restrictive, try this first, often first choice for premenopausal women)
    • High dose Omega 3 fish or Krill oil
  • Supplements:
    • Gingko
    • American Ginseng
    • Huperzine A
“Being focused is one of my particular superpowers and my strongest brain skill. I can sit down and focus for hours at a time quite easily most days, shifting from one project to another with a short transition period in between (which is different from multitasking which tries to do everything at once!”)

However, when I get out of balance or overwhelmed in other areas, this superpower can start to fade. That’s when I need to take my own advice and put in strategies to reduce my stressors and distractions.”

Dr Dani Gordon, Founder of Resilience Medicine