Tips to improve your concentration
Tips to improve your concentration
You might wish you had more focus if you have ever struggled to complete a difficult task at work, study for an exam, or worked on a complicated project.
Concentration is the mental effort that you put into whatever you are learning or working on. Sometimes it’s confused with attention span. However, attention span is the amount of time that you can focus on one thing at a time.
Factors that influence concentration
There are many reasons attention span and concentration may vary. Some people have difficulty focusing and ignoring distractions. Concentration can be affected by age and sleep deprivation.
Memory loss can lead to memory loss. Most people forget more things as they get older. Concussion and other brain injuries such as head or brain traumas can affect concentration.
When you try to focus but can’t, it’s easy for frustration to set in. This can cause stress and irritation which can make it difficult to focus on the important things.
Continue reading to find out more about scientifically-backed ways to improve concentration. We will also discuss conditions that may affect concentration, and what steps you can take if this doesn’t work.
Your brain can be trained
You can improve your concentration by playing certain games. Try:
- crossword puzzles
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Word searches and scrambles
- Memory games
Brain training games are a great way to improve your working and short-term memory as well as your problem-solving and processing skills.
Brain training is also possible for children. You can invest in a book full of word puzzles, complete an jigsaw puzzle, or play a memory game.
Even colouring can help improve concentration in children or adults. Colouring pages that are more detailed may be more appealing to older children, such as those in adult colouring books.
Concentration and other cognitive functions such as attention and memory can be easily affected by sleep deprivation.
You may only experience occasional sleep deprivation occasionally. However, if you don’t get enough sleep, it can impact your mood and work performance.
Too much sleep can cause fatigue and slow down your ability to drive, as well as other daily tasks.
Sometimes it can be difficult to get enough sleep due to a demanding schedule or health problems. It is important to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.
Experts recommend that adults get 7 to 8 hours sleep every night.
These are some tips to improve your sleep quality:
- Turn off the TV an hour before you go to bed.
- Your room should be kept at a cool, comfortable temperature.
- Relax before you go to bed with soothing music, a warm bath or a book.
- Every day, get up and go to bed at the same time every day, even weekends.
- Regular exercise is important, but avoid doing a lot of work right before bed.
Listen to the music
While studying or working, it may be helpful to listen to music. However, this will depend on each individual.
Research has shown that even if music is not your favourite way to work, white noise or nature sounds can help you concentrate.
Music is not always helpful when learning about difficult topics.
Here are some tips if you choose to listen music.
- Choose instrumental music over songs with lyrics
- Keep the music at a low background level
- Choose neutral music, and don’t listen to music you hate or love.
Music can be distracting if it is not.