10 Natural Concentration-Boosters
In our modern, fast-paced world, multi-tasking is concentration’s biggest foe. Slow down and follow some of these strategies to bring your thoughts into clearer focus.
1. Put limits on screen time
Keep a track of hours spent on the computer. A Swedish study found unrestrained time on the web-Pathological Internet Use (PIU)-is associated with increased symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), especially in men.
2. Never skip breakfast
Studies show that breakfast eaters score higher on visual searches, accuracy and reaction time. A diet that keeps your blood glucose levels steady throughout the day is best for cognitive performance.
3. Try ginkgo supplements
Placebo-controlled UK research found a 120 mg dose of standardized Ginkgo biloba extract quickened performance on tasks requiring attention.
A small placebo-controlled Korean study found 4500 mg of red ginseng a day for two weeks improved participants’ reaction times and brain power.
5. Boost your vitamin B6 intake
Make sure you’re getting enough B6. A Tufts University study linked low vitamin B6 concentrations in the blood to decreased attention and ability to plan.
6. Get a good night’s sleep
One night of sleep deprivation can reduce concentration on a visual tracking exercise by more than 40 per cent. Click here for ideas on how to get a more restful, rejuvenating sleep!
7. Drink coffee
Compounds in coffee (not just caffeine) stimulate the brain’s innate anti-oxidant system, improving cognitive function and reducing age-related cognitive decline.
8. Eat dark chocolate
Eating dark chocolate has been shown to improve cognitive function and increase driving accuracy and reduce collisions in clinical studies.
A month of meditation training has been shown to decrease reaction time and increase the ability to concentrate without exerting any extra effort.