If you have trouble concentrating, it can really put a damper on your workday. You’ll struggle to stay focused on your short and long-term goals, tasks are left unfinished, and you’re left feeling frustrated and downright upset with yourself for not doing better.
The fact is, there are tons of distractions in our modern world, and staying focused isn’t easy in an environment filled with flashing screens, pop-up notifications, and ever-tighter deadlines.
Luckily, we know a thing or two about concentrating, and about a little compound called CBD. This natural substance has been shown to decrease anxiety and improve concentration in adults. We’re going to take a closer look at it and four other methods for naturally improving your concentration.
1. CBD Oil
CBD oil comes in many varieties, from containers of 1000mg CBD oil to as low as 250mg and even 3000mg, depending on the provider. But where do you start? Let’s start with what CBD is and what it does for the body/mind.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are specialized compounds found in the Cannabis plant, and our bodies have specific cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system that interact with these cannabinoids in very special ways.
CBD itself has been shown to interact with serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for emotional response. CBD has anti-anxiety properties, which can help minimize your anxiety levels and help you get your focus back.
Anxiety can cause a lack of focus by clouding your brain and causing you to overthink. That deadline is approaching fast. What do I do? How will I make it? What if I don’t? Sound familiar?
Chances are, most of us have experienced anxiety over one thing or another, and if there’s one thing you’ll have trouble doing while you’re feeling anxious, it’s concentrating.
Taking CBD oil in the morning or throughout the day can reduce stress and anxiety, improve focus, and even relieve any chronic pain you may be experiencing (which likely only adds to your stress).
2. Limit Screen Time
Did you know that staring at a smartphone, TV, or computer screen for extended periods of time can actually make it more difficult to concentrate? Smartphones specifically have been shown to reduce cognitive function, even if they’re off and simply close to their owners.
Think about how many times per day you pick up, look at, or use your smartphone. At this point, you probably don’t even notice it, because it’s so ingrained into our society that it’s become the norm. Most people don’t realize that they spend so much time on their phones, or just how much it zaps their focus.
Limiting your screen time is an easy and “natural” way to gain back some of your concentration. Pick up a book or creative activity instead of browsing social media or looking at memes, and you’ll mind a certain level of focus coming back into your life.
3. Silence Those Notifications
Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, we always find a way to answer our notifications. Social media alerts, text messages, instant messages, app notifications, phone calls; we’re constantly bombarded by little “look at me” notifications. These can interrupt focus and make daily life a challenge. After all, who can keep up with all of the notifications that a single social media post can generate?
Here’s an easy tip for getting some of your focus back: turn your notifications off, or set them to silent. Let’s be honest; nothing that comes through our social media pages is a true emergency, and probably 99.9% of our notifications are superficial at best.
We don’t need to know if Janet is getting married while we’re trying to write those proposals by tomorrow morning. It can wait.
4. Get Better Rest
Getting enough rest is something not enough people take seriously. We stay up late, we hit the snooze button one too many times, and what happens? We go through our days sluggish, tired, and unable to focus.
We get that sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day, but on those days especially, proper sleep habits should be a priority. The better your sleep is, the more alert and focused you’ll be.
Too many people take sleep for granted and don’t understand the full impact of lack of sleep on physical and mental health. Sleep is when your body (and mind) rest and recharge from the chaos of our modern lives.
Sleeping well can make you more physically active, boost your heart health and immune system, and even reduce the effects of aging!
When you take your sleep more seriously, you’re taking back control of an important component of your overall health. Go to bed on time, every time, and wake up at the same time every morning. It’s also a good idea to turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed for better rest.
5. Eat Healthier Foods
You must have guessed that this tip would be included. What you put into your body affects it in so many ways, we’d need an entire book to properly explain it all. The bottom line? A poor diet can make you feel slow, sluggish, and less focused. That’s because low-quality foods don’t provide the right nutrients, and when you lack nutrients, neither the brain or the body can function properly.
With heart disease at an all-time high and obesity rates climbing each year, Americans are experiencing the effects of poor diets first-hand. Keep in mind that the mind and body are connected; what happens to one affects the other.
When you eat junk food, you feel a temporary elation and then a sudden crash until you have more of it. You start putting on weight, moving less, and then those things become habits.
Your concentration can be revived if you simply follow these easy tips. CBD oil can help when combined with healthy sleeping and eating habits, and by eliminating distractions from your day. Don’t forget to limit your screen time and pick up a book instead.