To clear men­tal clut­ter: Close your eyes

First For Women - - Health -

When the basal gan­glia —the area of the brain that con­trols the body’s anx­i­ety level—is over­ac­tive, it’s im­pos­si­ble to con­cen­trate or feel calm. To quiet this brain re­gion and op­ti­mize fo­cus, take a minute to close your eyes, tune out vis­ual dis­trac­tions and col­lect your thoughts—a strat­egy that Bri­tish re­searchers dis­cov­ered im­proves fo­cus and re­call by 23 per­cent.

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