Are you trying to get over the resting period and fully back into work, but concentrating at feels difficult?
There are many reasons why you could be struggling to concentrate at work. Perhaps you are overwhelmed with activities, burned out or worried about setting your priorities for the year right.
Regardless, you will have to execute your employee duties and concentration is highly necessary. You can start with setting the tone for your day right when you wake up every morning. Here are some tips you might find useful.
Some people work better in a completely quiet environment, while others cannot concentrate without background music. Learn whether silence or sound boosts your concentration and figure out how to implement it at work.
For example, you might need a pair of noise-cancelling headphones if you prefer silence but you work in an open office. If you work better with music, choose the music you enjoy that does not feature distracting lyrics.
Exercising helps boost your brain’s ability to focus and ignore distractions. Maintaining your weight is also a great way to keep your memory in top condition. Try working out regularly or implement short bursts of activity during your workday to help give your brain a boost.
A brisk walk around the parking lot during your lunch hour every day could be enough to improve your concentration and amplify your productivity. You could also develop a routine of visiting a gym before or after work.
Limiting distractions while you work is often easier said than done, especially if you work from a home office. To help minimize distractions, make sure your workspace is clean and organized so you can quickly find what you’re looking for—digital or non-digital.
Your work environment should also be welcoming and comfortable. Create a space that will inspire you to get to work and make doing so easy.
Sleep deprivation can easily disrupt concentration, not to mention other cognitive functions, such as memory and attention.
Occasional sleep deprivation may not cause too many problems for you. But regularly failing to get a good night’s sleep can affect your mood and performance at work.
Being too tired can even slow down your reflexes and affect your ability to drive or do other daily tasks.
A demanding schedule, health issues, and other factors sometimes make it difficult to get enough sleep. But it’s important to try and get as close to the recommended amount as possible on most nights.
Many experts recommend adults aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
If you want to boost your concentration naturally, try to get outside every day, even for just 15 to 20 minutes. You might take a short walk through a park or at the beach. Sitting in your garden, backyard or balcony can also help.
Meditation is beneficial for many reasons. It reduces stress, helps you feel calm and can boost your attention span. Research even shows it increases grey matter in the brain, which benefits your memory and cognition.
To reap the benefits of meditation at work, start your morning with a quick meditation session. The meditation can be as simple as sitting up straight in bed and focusing on your breathing for a few minutes. If you feel like you need more, try a guided meditation video. If you feel your focus slipping at work, close your eyes for a few moments and take a deep breath to bring your attention back to your duties.
The foods you eat can affect cognitive functions like concentration and memory. Avoid processed foods, too much sugar, and very greasy or fatty foods. To boost concentration, try eating more of the following: fatty fish (think salmon and trout), eggs (white and yolk both), blueberries and spinach.
Eating breakfast can help by boosting your focus first thing in the morning. Staying hydrated can also have a positive impact on concentration, drink enough water every day. Even mild dehydration can make it harder to focus or remember information.
Get a massage
Massage is a great tool to get you concentrated because it not only relieves body pains but also relieves you of mental stress.
Our Corporate Wellness Spa Packages such as Stress Release Massage and Peaceful Escape are great for easing your mind, improving your level of concentration and getting you focused on your job.
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