3 Ways To Improve Your Concentration
We’ve all been there – struggling for a word that was on the tip of our tongue, zoning out during a zoom meeting, needing a nap after lunch. As your day goes on, your concentration will naturally wax and wane.
While some loss in concentration is normal depending on your lifestyle habits, diet, sleeping patterns, age, and more, there are ways you can improve your concentration – and safeguard your mental clarity as you age.
Here are some ways you can do so in the comfort of your own home:
This may seem counter-intuitive – you aren’t doing a lot of concentrating while you’re asleep. But good rest is essential to improving and protecting brain health.
One study on the benefits of sleep focused on the academic outcomes of students who had good “sleep hygiene,” and compared their grades to those who didn’t. The study found that one of the main causes of lower test scores was a lack of good sleep.
But you can also rest during the day too. While generally, you should avoid daytime naps (as this can interrupt your natural circadian rhythms and negatively impact the rest you do get,) you should make time to rest in other ways. There is a school of thought that believes in the power of naps, of course, we just believe that is almost impossible for most people’s lives.
Mindful activities with a component of meditation are very helpful for resting the brain. Try doing yoga in the mornings, really clocking out of work for your lunch break, or squeezing in a meditation session at the end of your workday. If you know that you work best in the mornings, wake up early and get high-priority tasks out of the way first.
Try to shut off screens around the time the sun goes down, so you don’t disrupt melatonin production with blue light. If you have to work on your computer in the evenings, wear blue light filtering glasses.
In today’s busy world, this can almost seem like an impossible task – but it isn’t. If you know that your priorities are going to pull in you many different directions at once, actively schedule time where you focus on only one task at a time. Set alarms on your phone if you have to.
One study found that “Individuals who engage in heavier media-multitasking are found to perform worse on cognitive control tasks and exhibit more socio-emotional difficulties.” Multitasking can affect your mental and emotional health, so it’s important to focus on one thing at a time.
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