Today’s world is full of concentration killers. Here are 10 Ayurvedic tips to manage distractions and boost concentration.
1. Social Media
It’s easy to connect with friends — and disconnect from work — many times an hour. Every status update zaps your train of thought, forcing you to backtrack when you resume work. Schedule your social media time instead of going to it throughout the day.
It shoots into your inbox and itches to be answered immediately. Although many emails are work-related, they still count as distractions from your current project. You won’t make much progress if you constantly stop what you’re doing to reply to every message.
Instead of checking email continuously, set aside specific times for that purpose.
During the rest of the day, you can actually shut down your email program. This allows you to carve out blocks of time when you can work uninterrupted.
Caffeine can make you more alert, but there’s no magic bullet to boost IQ or make you smarter. Certain substances, like caffeine, can energize you and help you boost concentration. Found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications, caffeine gives you that unmistakable wake-up buzz, though the effects are short-term.
More is often less: Overdo it on caffeine and it can make you jittery and uncomfortable.One cup of tea per day is enough, but more sips of tea and coffee can have adverse effects. You can switch to herbal tea made of tulsi leaves or adarak chai (ginger tea) instead of overdoing caffeine.
4. Go Easy on the Sugar
It kills your precious time and energy. Sugar is your brain’s preferred fuel source — not table sugar, but glucose, which your body processes from the sugars and carbs you eat. That’s why a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking, and mental ability. Have too much, though, and memory can be impaired — along with the rest of you.
Go easy on the sugar so it can enhance memory without packing on the pounds. Fruit sugar is the best source. You can have it once or twice a day when you feel dull. Ayurveda says something precise about Madhura rasa (sweet taste). Madhura rasa has the ability to promote longevity and strengthen body tissue. It is beneficial for relaxation of nerves.
Some of the tasks we have to do each day are more interesting than others. The boring ones may burn through your attention span in minutes, making you extremely vulnerable to distractions. Your phone, the internet, even the prospect of dusting your work-space can seem tempting if you’re bored.
Make a deal with yourself: If you stay on task for a certain period of time, you earn a 10-minute break. Reward yourself with a break, or a walk outside. Boring tasks are easier to accomplish when you have something to look forward to. This is also one case where multitasking may work well. Listening to the radio while filing receipts could help you stay put long enough to finish the job.
6. NO Negative Thoughts
It’s hard to focus on the work in front of you if you’re worrying about errands you need to run or housework to be done. Or perhaps you’re hung up on a conversation you had yesterday, and you keep replaying it in your mind. Nagging thoughts of any sort can be a powerful distraction. Do one activity which you like the most once a day, whatever it is that makes you feel happy and positive.
7. The Right Breakfast
Studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. Students who eat it tend to perform better than those who don’t. Foods at the top of researchers’ brain-fuel list include:
- High-fiber whole grains
Just don’t overeat; researchers also found high-calorie breakfasts appear to hinder concentration.
8. Jatamansi Power Dose
The rhizomes of Nardostachysjatamansi, the plant commonly known as Jatamansi, have been described in Ayurveda for their soothing and sedative action on the central nervous system. In the present study, the anti-stress effect of hydroethanolic extract (70%) of N. jatamansi (NJE) was evaluated in reference to its antioxidant property. 1 pinch jatamansi powder on tongue at bedtime will be helpful to de-stress and boost concentration.
9. Blood Flow
Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain. Regular exercise and a diet high in whole grains can cut the risk of heart disease and lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of plaque buildup and enhances blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells. Whole grains, like popcorn and whole wheat, also contribute dietary fiber and vitamin E. Sesame seeds have the good-for-you monounsaturated fat that helps with healthy blood flow.
Unfortunately, some of the medications used to treat depression can interfere with concentration. The same is true of many other drugs. Talk to your Ayurvedic doctor to prescribe herbal medications or supplements for battling your depression. Because what you are taking may be affecting your concentration.