Do you have a problem concentrating and focusing on something for more than just a few minutes? If that is the case, then you should definitely start exercising your brain to improve your concentration. Not only brain exercises are good for improving focus and concentration but are also beneficial for your mental health, the same way your body benefits from physical training. So, here are some interesting exercises you can try out, that will strengthen your attention and help you focus.
Benefits you can expect from brain exercises are numerous – not only you will be able to use your full mental power now, but it will lower future chances of memory loss, and cognitive decline as well.
Meditation can boost your attention span significantly while keeping you cool and calm. Spending just 10 to 20 minutes a day, practicing mindfulness meditation and doing breathing exercises, will help you improve your concentration and focus completely on what you are doing. You will see the improvements after only a few days. If you lead a busy lifestyle and don’t have time for meditation, you can simply practice mindfulness when, for example, eating your breakfast. Concentrating on chewing the food and its flavour and texture is an easy training that will strengthen and expand your attention span as long as you manage to incorporate these short sessions throughout the day. It will help you ignore distractions and stay focused.
Memorizing inspires curiosity
Memorizing stuff is a great way to exercise your brain and keep your mind muscles active. Not only it will increase your vocabulary, improve your writing skills and your general knowledge but it will also make you more curious. The more curious you are about things, the better concentration skills you will have. For example, when memorizing a poem and coming across a strange, archaic word your curiosity will inspire you to learn more and therefore memorize more. This brain exercise will work impeccably as long as you don’t pressure yourself and start with small steps – memorizing a quote or a chorus of a song or verse of a poem.
Exercising mind and body
Exercising your body has a great impact on your brain as well. Several research have shown that individuals who regularly exercise have better attention span than the ones that avoid engaging in physical activities. Being active helps your brain ignore distractions and focus more. Golf is a perfect example of how physical activity influences brain and improves concentration since it a sport that promotes social interaction but requires you to stay focused and ignore distractions. Professional golf trainers advise taking up golf because your mind is engaged while playing and explain that staying focused on the task (in this case task means keeping an eye on where the ball is and deciding on the amount of force you will need to hit the ball and score the elusive hole) will prevent your mind drifting to negative thoughts and improve your attention span.
Unexpected brain training
There is also a fun way to improve your concentration and engage all the senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) at the same time in an unusual way simply by, for example, switching your hands. If you are right-handed, try using your left hand to do the thing you usually do like eating, dusting, using a computer mouse or brushing your teeth, etc. That way you will increase your brain activity; train your mind muscles and practice staying focused on a task.
Doing a typical thing in an unexpected way is a great mental exercise. You can also try replacing your fork with chopsticks to engage your brain and make a simple everyday training for expanding your concentration span. It will be hard at first and as soon as you get used to doing it that way – switch hands. By applying this technique, your lunch break will stimulate your brain and prepare it for your work tasks. You won’t be having stressful thoughts; instead, you will focus on the taste and texture of your meal and ignore the distractions.
These simple exercises are very handy and you can do them wherever you want and for as long as you want. You will notice the results after only a few days because it will be easier for you to concentrate on what you are doing and focus on your tasks.