In our very busy lives it’s becoming more difficult every day to stay focused.  We’re bombarded with information from all sides, tv, radio, social media, internet to name but  a few.   The following are examples of things you can work on to increase your productivity and focus

Breathing

There are many techniques available for this including 7/11 breathing, the 4-7-8 breathing exercise etc. When  you focus on your breath you force your body not to be stressed, anxious or fearful.  Practicing breathing techniques can reduce anxiety and stress and bring improvements in focus and concentration.  If you want information on any of the techniques mentioned just get in touch.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a very popular term lately.  It simply means to focus on the present, not on the past and not on the future.  Some people spend a great deal of their time worrying about the past and going over and over how they could have done things different.  Others think they will be happy when they get something in the future, e.g. a new house, a new car, that special holiday, be a size 10 etc.  Whilst being mindful won’t get rid of all life’s pressures, it will help you deal with them in a calmer manner which is more beneficial to your health.

Excercise

Introducing exercise in your life can improve your health and also your wellbeing.  It doesn’t need to be personal training sessions or running a marathon to gain benefits.  A short, daily walk has been shown to bring health and wellbeing benefits, which will contribute to improved productivity and focus.

Take a break

While the term ‘workaholic’ has been around for many years  a new term becoming popular is  ‘busyholism’.  Busyholism describes a new trend where people feel they have to keep busy ALL the time, at work and also after work, finding relaxing very difficult to do. This can have a negative effect on the person’s wellbeing and contributes to increased stress levels.  Taking a break including lunch breaks, tea breaks and relaxing in the evenings is very important to allow the body and mind to recharge.  Taking holidays and making sure you have time to relax is also very important for focus and concentration.  Relaxing can include listening to music, chatting with friends, reading for pleasure or watching light entertainment on TV.

Sleep

Regular, quality sleep is crucial to good health, focus and concentration.  Going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time develops a good sleep pattern.

Gratitude

Scientific evidence has proved that ‘being grateful’ actually improves your health.  It changes the chemistry in the brain.  Developing an attitude of gratitude, like all habits, requires practice but can bring improvements in many areas of life

Laugh

Experts worldwide believe that, by strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, stimulating the nervous system and boosting the immune system, laughter can be far more potent than many drugs so make sure you include laughter in your day, every day.

Say No

Many of us spend a great deal of our time carrying out tasks, attending events etc. that we don’t even want to go to.  Learning how to say a polite NO, can improve your wellbeing, reduce stress and thereby increase your productivity and focus

Do what you love

Many studies have shown that people who work in jobs they love, have lower levels of anxiety and stress.  Even if you are not fortunate enough to have a job you love, make sure you spend your free time doing something that brings you joy and makes you happy.!

 

Like any habit, all these suggestions need PRACTICE.  Practice till they become part of your normal daily rituals.  You will reap the benefits.

Love

Irene