How to Stay Focused After Bariatric Surgery
Wandering minds struggle to stay focused.
Meditation is a practice in focusing our attention and being aware of when it drifts, this actually improves our focus when we’re not meditating, as well. It’s a lasting effect that comes from regular bouts of meditation.
2. Spend time in nature
This is to help our brains switch off.
3. Lose yourself in something you enjoy
When you’re completely wrapped up in doing something easy that you enjoy, your inner dialogue switches off. This lets your mind rest and recoup the ability to focus on difficult tasks again later.
4. Keep your daily journal
Learn basic organizational skills. Write down responsibilities, keep food and exercise journal. Don’t set a deadline, set a schedule. We tend to focus on the end goal that we want to achieve and the deadline we want to do it by. If we don’t meet that deadline we set in the beginning then we feel like a failure. Sadly, the end result, is that we often give up if we don’t reach our goal by the initial deadline. Make a schedule to work towards your goal consistently, like your daily logs.
If you want to be the type of person who accomplishes things on a consistent basis, then give yourself a schedule to follow, not a deadline to race towards.
5. Get plenty of rest
You need at least 6-8 hours of sleep at night to be able to stay focused.
Relieve stress through relaxation techniques: deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, massage, and yoga. Laugh out loud. Listen to soothing music or nature sounds. These slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, slows breathing rate, increases blood flow to major muscles
7. Be Grateful
Remember all the things that are good in your life. Being grateful for your blessings cancels out negative thoughts and worries. Celebrate accomplishments.
Go for a walk, take the stairs when you can, or do some stretching exercises. Just get moving. It helps if you do this with a friend. Vitamin D can ENHANCE WEIGHT LOSS, so Get Plenty of Sun – Walk in the Sun! Just don’t get sunburned!
9. Avoid unnecessary distractions
Don’t allow distractions to steal your attention from your goals. The computer, cell phone, and iPad all compete for your attention. The more multitasking you try to do, the harder it is for you to stay focused on any single task. Take a break from constant television, Internet, and email, social media, etc. The key to maintaining good focus is based on how well you inhibit the wrong things from coming into focus. So, inhibiting distractions is a core skill for staying focused. To avoid distractions it’s helpful to get into the habit of stopping the wrong behaviors early, quickly, and often, well before they take over. “Pay attention to your attention, and stop yourself from getting on the wrong train of thought early, before it takes over. This is the not being mindless, it’s being mindful.
10. Think and speak positively
Staying positive can help your remain grounded, even when your anxiety intensifies. When your thoughts are negative, do your best to only speak positively.
11. Attend Support Group
How much better to stay focused! You’re with people that are experiencing the same thing you are! The frequency of attendance is associated with greater weight loss… who knows better about what you are experiencing than the people you meet at these groups. This also helps keeps you accountable.
12. Assess and Re-Assess Your Goals
Assess your goals on a regular basis. One of the biggest mistakes people make is just setting one very long-term goal and then trying to pine away at that day after day after day. Don’t do this. All you’re going to do is lose focus and eventually fall off the bandwagon. Instead, set one long-term goal, and set some smaller goals that you’ll reach along the way. When you do this, then you have something to look forward to in the near future and it can help you keep your sights set on the prize. Set small rewards for reaching those goals, a pedicure, massage, or a week-end get away in those smaller pants.
Be sure to re-assess your long term goal and make sure it’s still valid. Sometimes people will find that their overall goal does change and it’s important that you update the long-term mission when it does. This will also go a long way towards keeping you focused.
13. Take A Few Progress Pictures/Measurements
Looking at yourself on a day to day basis it can get very difficult to see any of the changes that are taking place.
One of the best ways around this is to take progress pictures every two to four weeks. You may not notice a difference in your body over two to three days, but over two to three weeks it’s a whole different story.
By having those progress pictures to look at it can become clear in your mind just how much progress you really are making and this will go a long way towards boosting your overall motivation. Set a time once every month to take pictures and full body measurements. Keep a record of them in your journal.
“Since you need to push yourself to follow a new set of habits, you need to keep your focus on your objectives. You need to remind your mind of your main reason to adopt these new habits.” — Kenneth J Hutchins
“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” ― Stephen Richards
“Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.” ― Stephen Richards
“Never confuse motion with action.” ― Benjamin Franklin
“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” ― Brian Tracy
“The successful man is the average man, focused.” ― Unknown
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson
“My main focus is on my game.” – Tiger Woods
“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” – Paul Coelho
“Being selective—doing less—is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.” — Timothy Ferris
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins
“The sun’s energy warms the world. But when you focus it through a magnifying glass it can start a fire. Focus is so powerful!” — Alan Pariser
“No one ever gets anything worthwhile by accident.” — Dorothea S. Kopplin
“The inability to prioritize and focus also contributes to procrastination.” — Romuald Andrade
“Distractions are the prime enemy to rapid skill adaption. Distractions will stop focused practice and without focused practice there will be no improvement in acquiring that new skill.” — Shawn Allen
“The first step to moving past a limitation is to be clear as to what you want in the first place.”– Michael Ruderman