Focus, Focus, Focus

It’s been said that the greatest power of the human mind is its ability to focus on one thing for an extended period of time. In today’s world, it’s harder than ever to focus and concentrate. Emails, texts, and the latest YouTube video sensation beckon.

Learning to concentrate may be more important than ever to get and stay ahead at work or school, but most of us struggle to concentrate.

If you want to improve your concentration to perform better at work and school, increase your reading comprehension or just make life easier, there are things you can do to allow your brain to focus better.

Reduce clutter in your life. MRIs and other diagnostic tools show that clutter affects your ability to concentrate and process information. Having an organized environment makes you more focused, relaxed and productive. You will remember information better and even improve your mood.

Meditation is one of the best ways to train your brain to focus and stay on task. It alters your brainwave state to improve focus, inspire creativity and enhance your ability to learn. Regular meditators experience greater productivity, increased focus and attention, greater creativity and better sleep quality.

Stop multitasking. When you are doing several things at once, your brain is toggling back and forth between tasks. So you are not focusing as well as you could be, sacrificing the efficiency of one task for another. In addition, a lack of mindfulness in the present has been found to promote brain aging by shortening telomeres, the protective end caps on your chromosomes.

Find the sound environment that works best for you. Do you need complete silence, classical music or the bustling atmosphere of a coffee shop to do your best work?

Get enough dopamine. If you can’t concentrate, it’s possible that your brain isn’t getting enough dopamine, a chemical that provides your “get up and go.” Signs of low dopamine levels include low energy, motivation and libido; needing pick-me-ups like caffeine, sugar and other stimulants to get through the day. Eating a protein-rich diet provides the amino acids needed to create dopamine. Avocados, apples, bananas, beets, green leafy vegetables, green tea and coffee also promote dopamine production.

In addition to these recommendations, why not explore an Optiminds training program? Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math, cognitive skills and memory of students of all ages. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at: optimindsct.com.

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