Tips to Increase Your Concentration (Part 2)

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This post is a continuation from Part 1 on Tips to Increase Your Concentration. Lately, we have gone through:

Step 1: Prepare properly

Step 2: Learn how to breathe well

Step 3: Focus your attention

We will now cover:

Step 4: Focus on a specific goal

Step 5: Avoid distractions

Step 6: Set up a reward system

Step 7: Turn to natural remedies

So, let’s continue…

Step 4. Focus on a specific goal

Following on from Step 3, make sure you focus on a specific goal. It is important not to spread yourself too thin and to do only one thing at a time but do it thoroughly. All your thoughts should be directed toward what you are doing.

Pay attention to all the details. Whether it is a mental or physical action, try to finish the task as much as possible so that there is no need to come back to it.

Take an interest in what you’re doing or, if that’s not entirely possible, pretend to! Imagine that your work is being done for the first and last time. Remember that interest is one of the most potent drivers of concentration. In a word, make sure you enjoy what you are doing.

Set yourself a specific goal. Inform the brain of what you are trying to do. This forces you to determine your goal precisely. For example, don’t read a course to remember just with the idea of reading it. State the goal clearly: « For 35 minutes, I will understand and remember this lesson. ».

Be realistic in your goals, and remember that you will be more productive in a short time, which encourages and requires maximum concentration, than in a long period with average concentration.

If you have several tasks to complete, concentrate on the first one with intensity, relax for a few minutes before starting the next one, etc. After three tasks have been completed, give yourself a more extended break.

Step 5. Avoid distractions

If you tend to let your mind wander, write down the things you think about so you can come back to them later and get back to your task.

At the same time, each time your thoughts drift, write a line on a piece of paper. Each day, write down the date and honestly count the number of dispersions. This number should naturally decrease as you compete with yourself to improve your concentration.

Decide for yourself when you can relax. It should be a conscious choice.

Step 6. Set up a reward system

The brain works with a reward system. It is this mechanism that is at work in smokers, for example. When they smoke, the brain emits substances that make smoking enjoyable, hence the resulting addiction.

You can use this system on your own for concentration:

Whenever you manage to concentrate continuously for the time, you set yourself (for example, for half an hour, you are entirely immersed in a project or revisions), give yourself a small reward.

Choose something that is a little out of the ordinary and pleases you.

Naturally, the brain will make the association between concentration and the resulting reward.

Step 7. Turn to natural remedies

The above tips are necessary to develop concentration. Nevertheless, a few natural remedies may prove to be valuable allies.

Use aromatherapy

The essential oil of Peppermint allows you to concentrate more easily. Put two or three drops directly on the nape of the neck when your ability to focus decreases.

Note: Attention Peppermint EO can prevent sleep; avoid taking it too late.

The EO of Rosemary can also support your concentration. Your choice:

– Put a drop on each wrist and rub them together.

– Pour two drops into a handkerchief and breathe it in (be careful not to stick it directly against your nose).

– Use a suitable EO diffuser.

– Think about phytotherapy

Among the most useful plants to increase its concentration is bacopa (Bacopa monnieri, also known as water hyssop or Brahmi). It is a powerful nootropic: i.e., it can stimulate concentration and learning, and memory (improving the speed of the memory process and the preservation of information).

Source: Akhlaq A. Farooqui, et al. Ayurvedic Medicine for the Treatment of Dementia: Mechanistic Aspects », Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018.

Another example is coffee, which is an adenosine receptor antagonist. By blocking these receptors that normally promote relaxation and sleep, caffeine promotes alertness and wakefulness.

Have recourse to osteopathy

Osteopathy can be a fascinating method to fight concentration problems. It depends on the origin of the problem, but often, osteopaths will obtain good results by working on the craniosacral axis.

Try acupuncture

In the same vein, acupuncture is a technique that can be of great help for people who have great difficulty concentrating.

  • Note: Hypnosis is also a method of choice for specific concentration problems. Ideally, it is best to turn to a therapist practicing Ericksonian hypnosis. Another technique is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). You can learn how to mobilize all your resources to be more efficient and concentrate quickly to be more productive.

Stay focused!

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