Effective Steps to Enhance Concentration

October 2017 SB

By Sarah Bamber

I have always admired people who have an outstanding ability to keep their concentration on a task. Whether in the office, reading a book or even writing an article, success comes along with an innate ability to focus on the task at hand. Luckily, there are many ways to incorporate concentration boosting solutions into our daily lives that are also beneficial for overall health.

Exercise:
A great way to burn off excess calories and energy, exercising daily can lead to improved concentration. Taking frequent breaks when working to increase heart rate will bring you back to the task at hand feeling refreshed and energized. Many of my best thoughts often come when working out, as my mind is focused and free of outside stressors.

Caffeine:
Although caffeine gives short bursts of energy, it is an excellent energy boost that can also help focus. There are many sources of caffeine and it is important to stick with natural sources versus energy drinks and refined versions. Try brewing your own coffee or tea in the morning as a healthy alternative, or even stick with green tea which has natural forms of caffeine in it.

Breakfast:
We are continually learning the benefits of starting the day with a healthy meal, and breakfast can also increase alertness. Studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better than students who do not. Keep breakfast low in calories and healthy to start the day. Research shows that high calorie and big breakfasts have the opposite effects and will leave you feeling sluggish.

Fish.
Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, incorporating fish into your diet 1-2 times a week will increase brain power and enhance memory. Studies have further shown that consuming fish will lower dementia, stroke and mental decline as we age. Shop for naturally caught fish versus farmed fish as a healthy alternative.

Whole Grains:
Having great concentration depends on blood flow to the brain. Consuming whole grains can reduce the risk of plaque buildup, therefore enhancing blood flow to the brain. Furthermore, eating whole grains adds dietary fibre and vitamin E to your daily diet.

Blueberries:
Packed with flavour and antioxidants, blueberries may help the brain from damage caused by free radicals and age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Blueberries can also improve learning and muscle function. Throw blueberries into a morning smoothie or yogurt, or even add to salads for a sweet alternative.

Sleep:
It’s no surprise that a good nights’ rest leads to better concentration. We can all attest to lack of sleep leading to a lack of concentration and it’s important to get the rest your body needs to function at it’s highest form. Ensure you have a comfortable bed and pillow, dark room and turn outside distractions such as the tv off for an optimal sleep.

Begin incorporating these techniques into your daily lifestyle and reap the benefits of feeling better health wise, and of course increasing concentration.

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