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Focus on concentration - Harvard Health

Train your focus

In order to train your focus, check out the below useful tips:

  • keep track of the moments when you tend to lose your attention so you can plan activities for those very moments that require less focus
  • practice meditation so you can guide your mind back to the initial activity
  • control the distractions around you, in order to be able to better concentrate
  • work for shorter periods of time, while making sure you stay focus throughout those periods

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Focus on concentration - Harvard Health

Focus on concentration - Harvard Health

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/focus-on-concentration

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Get your focus back

We all tend, to a different degree, to lose our focus once in a while. However, when this becomes a habit, we should contact a doctor, as it can occur due to serious underlying conditions, such as depression. The good news is that there have been identified some steps that can help one improve the ability to concentrate.

Train your focus

In order to train your focus, check out the below useful tips:

  • keep track of the moments when you tend to lose your attention so you can plan activities for those very moments that require less focus
  • practice meditation so you can guide your mind back to the initial activity
  • control the distractions around you, in order to be able to better concentrate
  • work for shorter periods of time, while making sure you stay focus throughout those periods

Improve your focus

Staying focused is one of the key factors to having success in all the possible fields. Have a look at the below tips on how to improve your focus:

  • use your brain in activities that lead to learning a new skill, while showing progress and encouragement
  • check with your doctor as soon as you have any doubts on whether the medications you take can affect your focus
  • keep track of your intake of sugar and coffee, as both can seriously decrease your power of focus
  • stay social, as it brings you both more happiness and an increase in focus

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Suppressing distraction gets harder with age

Our ability to filter out distractions, not our concentration, diminishes with age. 

As we grow older we get more and more distracted. 

Less visual clutter to eliminate distractions

When your eyes are closed, your brain isn’t working as hard to filter out visual information. So: 

  • Use one screen, one browser window, and one computer program at a time.
  • Keep your physical and virtual desktop tidy.

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Improve your diet and start moving

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Reduce your vices

People with alcohol and drug problems have a greater likelihood than average of having a mental illness and have far poorer health outcomes.

Stopping smoking is an important step, as nicotine-addicted people are constantly at the mercy of a withdrawal-craving cycle, which profoundly affects mood. 

Prioritize rest and sleep

Sleep hygiene techniques aim to improve sleep quality and help treat insomnia. 

They include: adjusting caffeine use, limiting exposure to the bed (regulating your sleep time and having a limited time to sleep),  limiting exposure to the blue light from smartphones, and making sure you get up at a similar time in the morning.

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Get More Sleep

Lack of sleep can result in you feeling lethargic, grumpy and tired. If you often feel this way, you may want to consider whether you’re getting enough sleep.

Try and aim for around 7 hour...

Reduce Stress

Feelings of stress can mean that you struggle to concentrate, experience racing thoughts, difficulty switching off and tiredness.

Strategies to improve your energy levels include taking some time for yourself to relax, reading or going for a walk.

Move More

One study found that sedentary people with persistent, unexplained fatigue decreased their tiredness by around 65% just by regularly participating in low-intensity cycling.

Get up and move your body like brisk walking or cycling to boost your energy levels.

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