In today’s digital world, along with the stresses of life, concentration seems to be a hard-to-fetch thing. Concentration is a lot like a mental muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. Therefore, everyone, especially men who are ageing, should work on enhancing their concentration as it affects their overall mental health.
Factors affecting concentration
Some of the factors that affect concentration can be physical. Regular checkups are required for those who suffer from brain fog and have a hard time conducting business or taking care of finances, as this may be an indicator to low testosterone or low thyroid function. Other factors can be:
Tips to improve your concentration
Start implementing these 7 tips and you will be able to develop razor-sharp focus.
According to research, just using our smartphone impairs our ability to concentrate. Block out as much distraction as possible. Log out of your social media accounts and other apps, silence notifications, and put your phone on mute to avoid being distracted by incoming calls or texts.
Get a good night’s sleep
Experts recommend getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. So turn off your TV and put your phone away an hour before bed, and wind down instead with some relaxing music, a warm bath, or a book.
Avoid refined carbohydrates
Refined carbohydrates are sugars or grains stripped of most of their nutrients (e.g pasta, white bread, pizza dough, pastries, white rice, cereals). Since they have no nutritional value and break down quickly, they cause an enormous spike in your blood sugar, which often triggers an inflammatory response by your immune system. The inflammation can reach your brain and cause symptoms of brain fog.
Set a timer
Blocking off time for specific tasks can help you focus on one thing at a time and lower the risk of distractions.
Connect with nature
Boost your concentration naturally by going outside every day, even for a short while. Spending time in nature benefits your mental wellbeing.
Train your brain
Playing certain types of brain games can help to improve your concentration, such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, chess or jigsaws.
Make time for exercise
Regular exercise is a great way to improve your concentration and your physical health. Studies have shown that people who have an active lifestyle perform better on tasks that require a high level of concentration.
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