Meditation, music… nine ways to increase your attention span




Attention span is the amount of concentrated time a person can spend on a task without getting distracted.

Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus and sustain attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals.

Need to complete that time-bound assignment, project or presentation but your mind keeps wandering? Here are nine tips that may help you.

Meditation

Meditation trains your brain to stay at attention for longer periods of time.

Choose a conducive environment

Even with inactivity, the mind tends to wander away. A rowdy environment may make it worse. Consider the lighting and sitting arrangement for maximum concentration.

Exercise

A brisk walk or a quick jog will increase your focus and mental alertness.

Drink water

Dehydration can cause you restlessness, thus triggering distractions. If you feel restless and unable to concentrate, take some water.

Don’t multi-task

One step at a time does the trick. If you find yourself unable to concentrate, divide your tasks and focus on one.

Listen to music

Music helps to calm your nerves and make you relaxed. Try listening to classical music or instrumentals.

Take tea

Black tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which directly affect areas of the brain that control attention.

Chew gum

Pop a piece of bubble gum, preferably mint flavoured, into your mouth for improved focus and a fresher breath.

Get some sleep

Insufficient sleep may lead to lack of concentration. If you have tried other means to stay active and focused to no avail, then a nap might be all you need.


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