Continuing our theme of concentration this article looks at some of the physical techniques you can use to keep your concentration.
- Get up and move around. If you are like many people, you probably don’t move around enough. Research shows that regularly walking around and stretching helps increase your focus. Depending on your type of work you might find it better to take mini-breaks regularly, for example, 5 minutes every half-hour, or to take breaks between tasks or different activities. For example, I leave my mobile phone on the staircase, so if it rings I have to get up to answer it.
- Breathe. It might sound obvious but most of us do not breathe properly or deeply enough. Make sure your posture is right to allow you to breathe fully. If you can’t do it constantly, then at least make sure when you take your moving around breaks above, you practice some deep breathing. Proper breathing is the key to making sure your brain gets the oxygen it needs to work properly. To help get breath into my lungs (especially when I have spent a lot of time at the computer) I stand with my back against a wall, stretch my hands above my head (keeping my arms against the wall) and breathe. Take 5 deep breaths and I’m sure you will feel a lot better.
- Start your day or take a break at lunchtime, with some exercise. Take a yoga class, go for a swim, run, cycle, walk, or use one of the many exercise apps available. Exercise produces adrenaline and other beneficial chemicals in your body, all of which will help you work and focus more effectively.