Simple exercises to improve concentration power
An improved concentration power is not just the ability to focus on the task at hand but it is comprised of several different elements. Concentrating on your work or while studying with focus without being distracted is of utmost importance. Various studies support the fact that people who can concentrate for longer spans of time perform better in all the spheres of life. It is not a cakewalk to develop a strong concentration power as it depends on your mindset as well as many other external factors. You need to discipline your mind to prevent it from getting distracted from the task at hand. Practicing each of the below exercises for Ten to Fifteen minutes per day would lead to an improved concentration power as well as span.
#1 Sitting still
- First of all, you need to find a place in your home or office where you can be alone for a while. You must be completely relaxed, sit cross-legged on a chair or Yoga mat.
- Keep your spine erect. You must not stiffen any muscles of your body while doing this exercise. Do this for Five minutes.
- Make sure that you are not doing any voluntary muscle movement. This might seem very easy but is not that simple.
- Take deep breaths and focus on your body.
- Once you are good at sitting still for 5 minutes, gradually increase the span to 10 minutes and then 15 minutes.
- Make sure that you do not strain yourself. Apart from improving concentration power, this is a good way to relax your mind as well.
- We recommend this exercise as it sets the mood and prepares your mind to stay focused on the upcoming task.
#2 Counting words
This is probably one of the simplest exercises that you can perform for enhancing the focusing ability of your mind.
- You simply need to grab a magazine and count the number of words in a paragraph. The catch is, you must count mentally without using your fingers to point at the words.
- Count once, then count again to make sure that you have counted correctly.
- Once you are good at counting the number of words in a single paragraph, you can go on to count a number of paragraphs.
- Do this daily for Ten minutes.
#3 Counting backward
Mentally, count backward from 100 to 1.
Once that seems like a cakewalk to you, try counting backward from 100 skipping 3 numbers at a time. So, your counting goes like 100,97,94 and so on…
#4 Quite the chatter in your mind
- This is a tough one. Start with one minute at a time and then you can gradually increase the number of minutes.
- You need to stop the flow of random thoughts in your mind and not think about anything.
- Even if you cannot perfect this exercise in the beginning, do not push yourself just try to give your best.
- Do this daily for Five minutes at least.
#5 Have a mindful meal
This means you need to concentrate on the meal you are having.
- Enjoy its taste and aroma.
- Pay attention to the temperature and texture.
- Chew your food fully and do not just gulp it down your throat while watching TV or playing games on your mobile phone.
- The idea is to have a hearty, mindful and quiet mealtime.
These were some exercises that are practical enough to practice any time of the day you find yourself alone. Most of these very simple and can be done at any time of the day you find yourself alone. Not only would these help you get a single-minded focus but are great for making you feel instantly energized. Would you give some of these a shot right away? Let us know in the comments section below…
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