I've been struggling to focus lately.
I'm flitting from one tab to another, constantly checking my phone, jumping on Twitter every 5 minutes (reading all the amazing essays). But getting any kind of focused work done has been painful and fleeting.
So, this afternoon I grabbed my headphones, headed for a sunny corner in a cafe, and switched on a rather magical playlist. Almost INSTANTLY I was transported into a state of calm, relaxed, flow.
What was this magical, instant flow playlist, you ask?
Music for the brain... Binaural Beats 🎶🧠
A Binaural What!?
Binaural beats are an auditory illusion caused by listening to two tones of slightly different frequency, one in each ear.
Yeah, read that a few times and let it sink in. It's safe to say, I don't exactly understand the mechanics of the brain and how these beats work technically.
But I know they 100% work for my brain.
Binaural beats are said to boost focus, promote relaxation and reduce stress, depending on the frequency they are produced at:
👉 Delta. Good for deep sleep and pain relief.
👉 Theta. Good for REM Sleep, deep relaxation and creative work.
👉 Alpha. Good for relaxed focused, stress reduction and fast learning.
👉 Beta. Good for Focussed attention, problem solving and thinking.
👉 Gamma. Good for high level cognition, peak awareness & memory recall.
If you're struggling to get into the flow. Or Twitter notifications have taken over your world, find a binaural playlist on Spotify or Youtube and give em a go.