In the modern age of technology and with the fast-paced lifestyle, distraction and lack of focus have become common issues for many of us. From the moment we wake up until we sleep, our brains are absorbing too much information whether through social media, the news, or meetings; the list is endless. This, along with the unhealthy lifestyle and non-existing work-life balance, it is fair enough that we feel distracted all the time and unable to focus on even the simplest of tasks.
While excessive use of technology and constant connectivity are taking their toll on our brains, there are other bad habits that contribute to our lack of focus and have a huge impact on our cognitive skills. If you are in the habit of doing one or more of these things, you need to stop now.
1. Checking your phone first thing in the morning. It is a common habit for most of us to check our phones as soon as we wake up. As a result, our brains get hijacked with endless notifications, emails, and messages and accordingly you kick off the day with so much on your head.
2. Multitasking. While having been praised as a positive skill, multitasking hinders our productivity. In multitasking, you get your brain jumping from one idea or one thought to another in an attempt to juggle so many things all at once. In that process, we lose focus and become easily distracted.
3. Not drinking enough water. Dehydration is one of the main reasons behind lack of focus, fatigue, and headaches. Staying hydrated is important for the brain as much as it is for the entire body.
4. Lack of sleep. Going to bed early and getting enough sleep helps the brain get its proper recovery time. Sleep deprivation affects how the brain processes information and recalls a memory, and accordingly, you end up needing more effort to stay focused.
5. Overloading on sugar and carbohydrates. Sugary foods and drinks cause spikes and lows in our blood sugar levels and accordingly, we tend to get a little dizzy when we want more. Instead opt for healthier foods for the brain such as nuts, berries, and omega 3s to get all the healthy fat the brain needs.
While all these bad habits affect your ability to focus, here is what you need to do instead:
• Eliminate distraction by turning off social media notifications.
• Limit your focus to one thing at a time.
• Meditate in the morning to help clear your mind.
• Take short breaks in between to feel recharged.
• Connect with nature and surround yourself with plants or greenery as they help
us focus better.
• Exercise and go for healthier food options.
• Listen to music.
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