Human beings experience two mental states when awake—alpha and beta; and for the most part, we spend it on beta mode.
The beta state (13 Hz) is when we are most active, it’s our minds moving fast, and this is when we usually find ourselves extremely productive.
However, it could become too much to bear. In fact, when the mind is racing and you can’t seem to get out of a negative pattern of thinking, that’s when beta waves are taking over.
Therefore, we try to reach the alpha state…
Because the alpha state (8-13 Hz) is when we become present. We only reach this state when our minds are clear and we’re calm. This is because the alpha waves have the ability to create a sense of peace and wellbeing in the mind and body.
Indeed, spending time in the beta state is unavoidable, but life is better in the alpha state.
So, why not practice being in that state more? Here are some tips you can do:
- Drinking tea, specifically the ones that contain Theanine is an excellent way to reach an alpha state. In fact, drinking two cups of green tea will move you into a state of relaxed alertness. So, if you can, make it a part of your daily regimen.
- Doing some exercise routines, may it be running, walking, strength training, etc. are effective ways to clear and relax the mind.
- Relax in a peaceful and comfortable space for about 90 minutes to help activate the alpha brain waves.
- Spend time outdoors as its effects can be more profound.
- Did you know that relaxed feeling when drinking alcohol? That is the effect of alpha brain waves. If you can, cap off the night with a glass of red to slow down your racing mind.
- Listening to binaural beats can help quickly tune your brain to the alpha state.
There is always some type of electrical activity in the brain and at different times of the day, depending on what you’re doing, these electrical waves in the brain will take over. When the alpha waves are prominent, it’s likely you’re in wakeful relaxation. With that, relaxation techniques can help increase alpha waves.