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How to Improve Your Focus

When you just can't seem to concentrate, it's time to jump-start your brain. Try these methods to improve your concentration and increase your mental prowess.


  • Step 1: Get a good night's sleep Get a good night's sleep for optimum performance the next day. While amounts vary from person to person, most people need between six and eight hours a night.
  • TIP: Although it provides an initial burst of focus, the mental boost provided by caffeine is short term.
  • Step 2: Maintain a healthy diet Eat a well-balanced meal, especially in the morning, to maintain your attention span throughout the day. This includes whole grains, fruits, veggies, and dairy products. A good mix of sugars, carbohydrates, and proteins are needed by the body to synthesize into energy.
  • TIP: Studies show ginkgo, ginseng, and certain vitamins help to sharpen mental focus.
  • Step 3: Move your body Engage in exercise, be it aerobics or yoga, to strengthen your body. Physical activity helps to clear the mind and increase metabolism, leading to improved concentration.
  • Step 4: Limit stress Limit the stress in your life. Meditate or pray, or simply think happy thoughts. Use whatever technique calms you down and returns focus to the task at hand.
  • Step 5: Exercise your mind Exercise your mind for optimum brainpower. Reading, finishing that crossword puzzle, engaging in memory games, or using mind-strengthening software will keep your mental skills sharp.
  • FACT: The symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were first described by a British doctor in 1902.

You Will Need

  • Sleep
  • Well-balanced diet
  • Exercise
  • Limited stress
  • Mind-strengthening games
  • Vitamins and nutritional supplements (optional)

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