3 Reasons You Can't Focus or Remember Anything - 4th Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

Imagine this scenario. You walk into a room, look around for a few minutes … and completely forget why you went in there in the first place. Sound familiar? Everyone has experienced this common problem at one time or another. Sometimes a simple retracing of the steps is all it takes to jog your memory and get your task completed. Other times, all hope is lost. You have no idea why you went into that room, and you’re not going to remember anytime soon. And this may be followed by thoughts such as: Where is my phone? (In your hand) Where are my glasses? (On your head) What was I doing? (Too many things at once) If this sounds like you more often than not, take a look at these common causes of a lack of concentration so that you can get your focus back on track.

Your Diet is Poor

If you’re not getting the proper nutrients that you need, your whole body is going to suffer, and this absolutely includes the mind. Your diet should be as balanced and well rounded as possible. Lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and complex carbs should be a part of your regular menu. To further enhance the state of your mind, you can also add supplements such as a multivitamin or omega-3 fatty acids.

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

This is crucial. A lack of sleep can have crippling effects on the mind. You might be forgetful, have trouble concentrating, and even suffer from mood swings. Sleep allows your brain to rest and recuperate, which is critical for alleviating stress and improving function. To get more sleep, try setting a bedtime, skipping afternoon caffeine, exercising regularly, and releasing stress at the end of every day.

You Have Too Much Stress

A little stress in your life is normal and can even be healthy. Too much stress is frustrating and dangerous. If you really can’t think normally, take a quick look at your stress levels. Are you overwhelmed with tasks? Do you have too much to do? Are you able to keep up with current chores and responsibilities? If not, you may be causing your own concentration troubles. Alleviate stress with some yoga, regular exercise, massage, hot showers, or whatever winds you down and relaxes the mind.

Everyone has a little trouble concentrating from time to time, and that’s OK. But, if the inability to focus begins to get in the way of life, it’s time to take another look. Look to these three contributing factors to determine whether a simple lifestyle change might improve your cognitive function. Correcting this problem will make you feel healthier, more productive, and happier as well.

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