What are other drugs that can increase focus, mood and motivation and that can be consumed on regular basis apart from coffee?
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- Meditation. No drugs are needed. Use practices that train your ability to focus. I’ve had tremendous success from very simple techniques.
Motivation is a byproduct of your mindset, your worldview. Do toddlers need to be taught to be motivated to explore the world, or are they naturally curious? You don’t obtain motivation by seeking it as a missing parameter, but by aligning what you want (your heart, what you feel drawn towards) with your ability to think and solve problems (your mind). As a result of that, you’re naturally motivated because you love what you’re doing and your mind is helping you make it come true. It is less about learning something new, finding what’s missing, and more about unlearning limiting beliefs and behaviors.
- Mediation is the act of keeping your focus on a particular thing (thought, object, feeling, action, movement, energy, flow) for a period of time. What it means is to the max of your ability you keep your attention on the thing you decided to meditate on, and if you get distracted by a thought, something external or internal, you simply return your attention/focus to that which you meditate on.
For example, you can meditate on walking - just walk and the only thing you REALLY pay attention to is the feeling in your feet touching the ground, the muscles contracting and releasing, the slight feeling of falling and catching yourself as you move your foot forward. You don’t try to control how you walk - you let walking happen on its own and you’re simply experiencing it. Everything else in the universe should lose all its meaning to you for the period of time while you are meditating - that is the whole point of the practice. So if you meditate for 20min on waking, that means no talking, no checking cell phone, no music, not paying attention to your thoughts about work/life/?? - all your attention is on your body, in your feet. If you get distracted, simply return your attention to your feet.
Meditation is supposed to be interesting and fun. However, it may be pure agony for you in the very beginning if you are used to instant gratification social media, etc. You may find it incredibly boring, but that is only because you have an untamed mind. Boredom will naturally disappear and will be replaced with peace, calmness and joy. After a few months you’ll find that it is easier and easier for you to emotionally calm down and enter meditative (hyper-focused) state. Then you’ll find that you can meditate on absolutely anything anywhere.
You should find your own meditation techniques that work for you, ones that you enjoy doing. Personally, I love nature, observing nature. So I will go outside and look at trees, grass, insects, listen to the wind, feel the sun touching my skin, observe the leaf in all its intricate detail. I make that which I observe the only thing that exists in the entire universe - it takes my full entire attention. I can look at a single leaf for 20mins and not get bored, in fact I’ll be in absolute awe of such intelligent design.
Meditation will naturally create a sense of distance between your thoughts, feelings and yourself. Everything will both feel more fulfilling and rich. You’ll experientially start to realize that you are not your thoughts, you are not your feelings - they are simply happening without your involvement. This will make it easier for you to let things go, not get caught up in emotions, insane improvement in your intuition, etc, etc. It will feel like what you thought was reality was actually a dream and now you are waking up. You’ll start to notice more things, intuitively understand people, become highly creative, and many more.
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- All the changes described above are from my own personal experience. I toned it down a little so that it sounds believable. I started meditating about 1 year ago, and I’ve been religiously dedicated to it.
The difference is staggering. Previously, something could ruin my mood for days, weeks, and now it is simply impossible for anything to affect me for more than a few hours, in 99.9% of cases minutes or seconds.
It doesn’t just change your brain chemistry and make you more attentive. It will lead to a change in your philosophy, your approach to life. You’ll become a very different person. Calmer, joyful, playful. You’ll realize that a lot of your problems are symptoms of your approach to life, of your philosophy. You will become aware of how a single idea that you can simply let go of was creating decades of psychological suffering.
And since you’re looking for a concrete example: with a certain meditation for 20minutes I was able to achieve effects similar to a low dose of LSD where my perception of space and reality was affected. And if I can do that with the power of thought, simulating effects of coffee is a child’s play. That being said, the goal of meditation should not be to learn how to manage your brain chemistry directly, like I just described, but learn how to live a joyful fulfilling life. In other words, I don’t need to simulate effects of coffee because I know how much sleep I need and I don’t over-exhaust myself. I don’t drink coffee and I don’t simulate effects of coffee - there is no need for it.
- Amazon 🇺🇸#1I think a lot of the drugs only give you a false sense of "I'm doing great" when in actual fact you are not.
- Ashwagandha (herbal supplement); yohimbe (supplement) for energy; other caffeine sources
Clearly you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.
“In experimental models Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, fam. Solanaceae) increases the stamina of rats during swimming endurance test and prevented adrenal gland changes of ascorbic acid and cortisol content produce by swimming stress. Pretreatment with Withania somnifera (WS) showed significance protection against stress induced gastric ulcers. WS have anti-tumor effect on Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cell carcinoma. It was also found effective against urethane induced lung-adenoma in mice. In some cases of uterine fibroids, dermatosarcoma, long term treatment with WS controlled the condition. It has a Cognition Promoting Effect and was useful in children with memory deficit and in old age people loss of memory. It was also found useful in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and Alzeimer's diseases. It has GABA mimetic effect and was shown to promote formation of dendrites. It has anxiolytic effect and improves energy levels and mitochondrial health. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic agent and was found useful in clinical cases of Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.“
There are also some medicines from Ayurvedic school that were studied, proven to be effective, and are sold at your neighborhood drug store as plant extracts.
The problem with adapting Ayurvedic medicine for Western market is that plants cannot be patented. Therefore, the research into efficiency of the plant medicines must be coupled with research into proprietary patentable drug extraction methods otherwise it will not make money for the drug industry. This is also the reason why big pharma is not interested in psychedelics research, and most of the current research is privately funded by people from IT/technology fields.
- Synopsys bcvB56Chocolate. The theobromines in chocolate are similar to caffeine. You can get very good chocolate in lightly sweetened or unsweetened if you want to limit your sugar intake