Meditation and Concentration
Meditation is not a new concept, but it is a practice that can help you to improve focus and improve your attention span. Using meditation and concentration techniques can help you to feel more centered and able to take on the emotional stress of life. It can help you to become more in tune and aware of your thoughts, which can also lead to improved memory.
A simple meditation and concentration technique to improve focus is to concentrate on your breathing. Find a quiet, comfortable place before you begin. Limiting the distractions of noise or discomfort will improve your concentration. Take long, slow breaths in through your nose and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. Allow yourself to pay attention to your breathing instead of the thoughts that try to distract you. You can try adding a positive statement or mantra to think about as you breathe.
Allow your senses to really take in the information around you. In your quiet, comfortable space, lie down and again work to center yourself by focusing on your breathing. Focus your attention on what your senses are experiencing. Do you hear wind or rain outside? Experience the sound of stillness around you. What does the air smell like? Let your mind tune into that experience. What does the ground beneath you feel like? Allowing yourself to focus on these sensory experiences can help you to push back distracting thoughts and improve focus and concentration.
Yoga can also help you to increase focus and concentration. Yoga is designed to help improve focus through the use of poses and breathing techniques. Adding the concentration on physical movements assists in improving concentration; if you don’t concentrate on the movement, you can fall. This helps you to focus attention on your body and breathing rather than outside stressors.
You can improve your focus and combat distractions by using the above techniques. Allow yourself the time and space to meditate–your mind and body will benefit.