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Simple Ways to Improve Concentration

Distractions, a declining attention span, and stress have depleted the level of concentration among the population. Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and sedentary lifestyles contribute to the problem in both children and adults. Chemicals, toxins, and pollution have resulted in higher numbers of people with conditions like autism, ADHD, cognitive delays, and behavioral issues.

What to Do

Some factors cannot be changed at an individual level. Chemicals will always be used in mass food production, toxins and pollutants will remain in the air and water, and distractions are constantly present during the work day. The best thing to do is focus on elements that can be altered.

Stress levels can be high, especially for those who have full-time jobs, take care of a family, and need to help elderly parents. Since that is the majority of the population these days, stress relief is essential to maintain sanity. Meditation, listening to music, or taking an hour or two to read a book can make a huge difference in stress levels.

In order to concentrate in meetings, during presentations, or while on the telephone, keep hands busy. The stimulation helps to clear the mind and decrease fidgeting to increase the ability to pay attention.

Play with a paper clip under the table or invest in a few different Fidget spinners. Those items are cost-effective and quiet, which makes them excellent alternatives to clicking a pen or tapping fingers on the table.

How Lifestyle Effects Concentration

An excess of processed foods, drive-thru meals, and junk food does not provide vital nutrients required to remain alert and focused. Eating healthier foods will fuel the body enough to concentrate when necessary. Keep sugar to a minimum, cook a meal instead of popping one into the microwave, and be sure to have breakfast.

Lack of regular exercise makes the body sluggish and slow. Exercise keeps the blood circulating, improves lung capacity, and provides the body with energy. Beginning to move can be as simple as going for a walk three times a week or taking the stairs instead of the elevator just once each work day.

As fitness levels improve, add other activities that you enjoy. This will also relieve stress and help get more restful sleep. Going to school or work on five or six hours of sleep will not sustain concentration past the morning. That is why most people begin to feel fatigue in the afternoon.