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Tips to improve concentration

Deeksha   |  29-Dec-2014

By Deeksha

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Is your mind taking a roller-coaster ride and you don’t know where you are at this point? Yes, it will, the human mind is bound to succumb to its natural urges for exploration. The tendency of thoughts jumping from one place to another will often resist your attempts at making it “behave” in one corner.

We are bombarded with a gamut of gadgets and internet which has become part of our lives these days, and our attention span is gone for a toss. To overcome this state of affair, we have listed few effective yet simple exercise tips for practice.

  • Take a book or a magazine, choose an article or a preposition of your choice and count the number of times the particular article or preposition is repeated in a paragraph. Move from one paragraph to two and slowly to the whole page. Make sure you count mentally and only with your eye, without pointing at the word. Practice this for not more than ten minutes.
  • Select an inspiring word or just a simple sound and think about it in your mind, repeating it for 5minutes. Once your mind is able to concentrate on the word or sound easily, and then move up to 10 minutes of uninterrupted concentration.
  • Pick a 3 or 4-digit number and write it on a plain sheet of paper and pick a number (above 3) and go on subtracting the 3or 4-digit number downwards, as much as possible. You could also perform addition and multiplication if you wish to.
  • You can try this exercise once you have found the simple exercises easy. Draw a small geometrical figure of about 3-4 inches in dimensions, such as a triangle, rectangle or a circle. Color those figures and make sure there are no colors spread outside the boundary line of the figure. Concentrate while coloring, so that only that image stays in your mind. Once you have finished coloring, close your eyes and visualize the figure.
  • You can try this exercise once you have found the simple exercises easy. Take a bangle and a pencil, set your clock for 5 minutes and draw circles in the inner boundary of the bangle. Draw as many as possible.
  • Fill a glass of water, and grasp it by the fingers; put the arm directly in front of you. Now fix the eyes upon the glass and try to keep the arm so steady that no movement will be noticeable. Do this first for one moment and then increase it to five. Do the exercise with first one arm and then the other.
  • Find a place where no one can disturb you, have a book and a pen in your hand, sit comfortably and concentrate on situations where you wanted to concentrate and you couldn’t in that particular day(if you are doing it in the night) or the previous day. Make note of those situations, and the distraction (if you are aware) and try to concentrate on that and work on it, so that you are alert and not distracted during those situations.

The chances are, the above listed exercise can make you “tired”, but it is important for you to practice these monotonous exercises to tame your concentration. These exercises may sound simple, easy and uninteresting, but the fact is interesting objects requires less attention compared to uninteresting objects. All it needs is practice. So, go ahead and start practicing these exercises to improve your concentration.

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