How do I gain focus when I am disturbed and not able to study properly?
Last Updated: 06/29/2020 at 2:13am
Melissa Strauss, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I am client focused and believe everyone has a strength. I feel confident in seeing clients with generalized and social anxiety, depression and relational goals.
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Hey! That's a really nice question. So you get distracted while studying. Okay. So how about looking for the things or anything causing distraction in your studies and eliminating them. It's like you'll be prepared beforehand. Since you have already eliminated all disturbances and are in a calm, silent and favourable for study environment, you will be able to study properly. I hope it helps ❤️
It really depends on what is disturbing you. For example, is the disturbance coming from within or without? Is a roommate playing loud music during your study hours or are you having a problem quieting your mind? If the disturbance is coming from without, it is a little more simple to handle those challenges. You could mention your needs to the roommate, study in the library, find a new roommate, or various solutions of that nature. If the disturbance is from within then the solution may be more complex. You may want to try something as simple as removing yourself from the study environment at intermittent intervals and taking a walk or listening to meditative sounds. Calming teas are available in most health food and big box stores. The simple act of sniffing certain herbs like lavender and rosemary have very positive benefits for our brain and memory. You may have to get creative but staying focused on your educational goals will lead you to workable resolutions. Keep trying!!
I think the answer to this is quite simple: get rid off the source of what disturbs you. For example: You are home and you want to study or work on your own. But all the time your damn smartphone is ringing! Silence it. Your parents/flatmates/whatever disturb you. Tell them to be silent. But sometimes it is not easy to just silence something, for example a train passes by right in front of your room's window. At this point you might want to search for a better place to study, maybe at a friend's or whatever you might think is better then the place you are currently at. I hope this text helps more than I think it does. Greetings
When I can't seem to gain focus before studying, I like to block all of the distracting websites that I don't need to use while studying by using the many different website blockers that are online. It can also be helpful to ask yourself if you lost focus because of things like hunger or exhaustion. If so, allow yourself to snack on something or take a power nap or a full nap if need be. There is no use in studying on an empty stomach or without a good nights rest. Also, a good method can also be setting a studying routine that you can follow for studying every day so that your mind can get used to the cues for studying and focus your mind. For instance, my roommate listens to a single song on loop while she is studying so whenever she hears this song she is completely focused. On the other hand, I like to clean up my desk from all the clutter and set up everything I need in arms reach before I begin studying. Or you can always consider changing study locations depending on what type of studying atmosphere you prefer! Cafe's and places like the park can work great if you prefer being in public, or silent libraries can also help to change up the atmosphere and provide greater focus. I hope these tips help and I am sending you my best wishes and hugs!
There are various ways to gain focus, even if your mind is wanting to wonder elsewhere. Have you tried meditation? There are various exercises that are meant to build focus. These exercises range in length and some are meant to be used throughout the day. Also, make sure you are getting enough sleep at night and that you are taking care of your mental health. This may include talking to a therapist or taking an afternoon to do something for yourself that puts you in a good mental place. Also pay close attention to your level of physical activity and diet. These factors play a role when it comes to our ability to focus.
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