Do you often face situations where you are trying hard to focus on something, but you just cannot? Does it feel like you have a lot of work, and the pressure is distracting you more? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to work on your concentration. When you engage yourself in a challenging task, it is important that you give your 100% to get the job done right.
However, it can happen that even though you are trying your best, you just cannot concentrate enough. Something or the other keeps running through your mind, and you end up missing deadlines. Focus and concentration difficulties are caused mainly due to psychological or physical problems. Physical problems like sleep disorders or medication intake can affect your focus level. Apart from that, psychological conditions like stress, emotional trauma, bipolar disorders, and likewise can also make you lose your focus (1).
The good thing is, you can improve your focus by making your brain muscles work more efficiently and effectively. By doing this, you can improve both your memory and concentration. Examine these six simple methods that you can follow to improve your focus.
Six Ways To Improve Your Focus
Engaging In Alternate Breathing
Alternate breathing is one of the most powerful methods that you can adopt to energize, calm, and balance your mind. It will bring you clarity and peace, along with developing your concentration (2). This exercise is followed by first responders as it helps them stray ready, sharp, calm, and clear for sudden situations.
You need to breathe in from one nostril and breadth out from the other. Repeat this exercise everyday for 15 minutes each twice a day. By doing this exercise, you will use both the hemispheres of your brain and provide them with equal oxygen supply. This helps the brain to function to its utmost potential. Moreover, the exercise would also give your entire body to relax itself, which will further boost your focus.
The University of Memphis had conducted studies which stated playing chess can significantly improve memory, concentration, attention span, and other brain activities in both adults and children. People who lack problem solving skills can adopt the habit of playing chess which helps in developing brain power (3). It exercises the brain muscles and teaches the players how to concentrate on the task at-hand.
Playing chess is also beneficial in other ways as it improves spatial reasoning ability, visual memory, reading skills, creativity, and critical thinking. A Venezuelan study found that students who play chess have high IQ compared to non-players. Players are able to train their brain and use it to concentrate fully on a specific task.
The right genre of music can make you more aware. Music can help you to go to a deeper Theta brainwave state from the Beta state that will activate both sides of your brain. Thereby maximizing memory power, learning ability and improving your focus level. Listening to mellow tunes like classical music can help you improve your focus level. It has no lyrics that can distract you.
Moreover, music also has a therapeutic effect on the heart rate, blood pressure, and mood. However, sound control is also essential when you are trying to improve your concentration. Do not play the music as it can distract you even more (4).
Stay Around Bright Colors
Every color has a unique wavelength that affects our brain and body differently. Therefore, being surrounded by the right color will not only regulate your behavior and feelings, but it would also improve your attention (5). Some colors have a soothing effect on the brain that promotes its working and helps in improving attention.
Green, yellow, and blue colors are known for concentration, mood-lifting, and productivity improvement. The green color has a restorative effect on the viewers that provides long-term clarity and concentration. Some theorists have suggested that yellow and blue stimulates the brain to enhance its mental activities that provide relaxation while promoting focus.
Taking Breaks From Work
Students get distracted easily, which prevents them from performing well in the classroom. However, research has found that taking short breaks can help the students reduce their stress, increase their productivity, and significantly improve their focus.
Allowing the brain to take rest at regular intervals would help it relax and boost its functioning once it’s back to work. That is why it is advised to take a 5-10 minute break every 1 hour to allow the brain to perform and focus better (6).
Doing Concentration Exercises
When you take part in concentration exercises, it oxygenates the brain more and increases the blood flow. This helps stimulate the growth of nerve cells in the hippocampus that is the center of memory, attention, and learning.
It also boosts neural connectivity that enhances mood and allows the brain to cope better with stress. Therefore, taking an active part in concentration exercises can help you to focus on any job.
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