Difficulty Concentrating? Three Tips to Help You Focus
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
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- Difficulty Concentrating? Three Tips to Help You Focus
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
Difficulty concentrating is a common frustration. We live in a busy, bustling world. Additionally, many mental illnesses are associated with difficulty concentrating. For example, depression can affect a person's ability to concentrate. Concentration problems are also associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.
Regardless of what is causing concentration difficulties, there are ways you can help your brain focus. Here are three tips:
- Practice chunking. Chunking is a technique used by the human brain to facilitate retention. It's why phone numbers are separated into sets of three's and four's. Use the principle to increase concentration. Create to-do lists and then separate your duties into chunks. Tackle one at a time. Then, take a short break to reset your brain.
- Know yourself. Do you concentrate best with music or in silence? Are you more able to concentrate with our without caffeine? Knowing yourself helps you set yourself up for concentration success.
- Objectify. Having something physical to touch, like a small rock or other trinket, increases our ability to concentrate. Being able to rhythmically manipulate an object creates positive changes in the brain that actually improve concentration.
No matter what your brain is experiencing, you can use tools to increase your ability to concentrate.
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- Treatment of Cognitive Deficits (Symptoms) in Depression
Today's Question: How do you deal with those times when you experience difficulties with concentration? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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- What I Wish People Knew About BPD and Anger
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Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
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Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Difficulty Concentrating? Three Tips to Help You Focus, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, February 24 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/difficulty-concentrating-three-tips-to-help-you-focus