How can I improve my concentration?
Last Updated: 08/03/2020 at 7:50am
Alex DS Ellis, MA, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
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Improving your concentration takes practice. First, you can try to find a place to work with less distractions. Then, you can make a tally every time your mind starts to wander. This will allow you to be aware when you are most likely to lose concentration. Getting a good night's sleep and eating healthy are also helpful for our concentration and well as regular exercise. Set aside time during the day to let you mind wander. Remind yourself that your mind is allowed to wander during this time so you have an outlet. Taking brain breaks everyday is helpful by using movement that crosses the mid-line of the brain. This wakes up your brain and improves concentration. You can look up brain exercises and find many of these on the internet. Multi-tasking does not really work for me. I have to work on one thing at a time and complete it, then move on to the next task when it is possible. You could try this as well. Find a keyword or a code. Whenever you find yourself getting distracted, say or remind yourself of the keyword, this will help you get back on track. Many of these strategies will hopefully help you to improve your concentration. I realize how hard it can be to concentrate sometimes and wish you the best and improvement in your concentration. Thank you for your question.
It sounds like you're having a hard time concentrating. Have you tried removing distractions and making a comfortable space to improve your focus?
Concentration is key to success the most important thing than being concentrated is being ambitious.
I swear by mediation. Mediation is something that helps clear the mind of stress and anxiety and increases awareness. It is something that takes a lot of practice, but when it is done right, it can really help clear the mind. Take a break and gather yourself together. Bring your whole soul back into it.
Mindfulness Meditation! Over time, this activity will help rewire the brain, and it will help with concentration as well. Mindfulness meditation has so many benefits and is worth trying!
If you can, try to work in a place with as few sensory distractions as possible--quiet, dim, sparsely decorated, without people going back and forth. Headphones can cut out background noise. You might want to use either a white noise like a fan or familiar music calibrated to get you into a flow. A cool but not distractingly cold temperature helps. Not being sleep-deprived also helps. Apparently if you have ADD various stimulants can help too, but they can be addictive and dangerous even when a doctor prescribes them.
Keep yourself away from anything you know might distract you, like your phone or your tablet, or your television.
Personally for me eating better, exercising and getting a good night sleep help me concentrate more also drinking plenty of water!
A lot of time it is the distractions that you don't notice. I have learned to carry ear plugs. I love to read. But in a crowded place with bad music and cell phones that is hard. Try to remove the distractions. If you need actual HELP there are free apps that have memory and cognitive games designed to sharpen your mind. They have found people who play music and read and learn life long suffer with less memory issues later in life!
focus on what makes you happy. then take few steps at a time and focus on small things. once you start doing that automatically you will get better.
It's important to recognise that not many people can concentrate for long periods of time, so regular 5 minute breaks are encouraged. Trying to get at least 8 hours sleep a night, eating the right foods and staying well hydrated will all help. If you suspect there is a deeper issue at play, it may be worth a trip to the doctor.
Try setting a schedule where breaks are included because they are very important for your mental health! Create an environment free of distractions especially your phone. Turn it off or put it on airplane mode then lock it in a drawer for a bit. This usually helps a lot! Make a goal for yourself when trying to accomplish something even it is small like being able to stand up or getting a snack. I usually make sure I am not sitting in my bed and tell myself what I get to do if I finish. I also try and put some study music on.
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