6 Ways to Combat Mental Haze
By Genevieve Cunningham
Staying focused is hard. It seems that there are a million distractions pulling us in a million different directions. We sit down to work, and then worry over finances or weekend plans or the state of the world. Our mind goes anywhere except where it's supposed to be. Sometimes -- when this feeling is short-lived -- a lack of focus isn't really anything to worry about. But other times, a mental haze causes significant problems. If you need a little help cutting through the fog and staying focused, take a look at these six tips to try now.
Take a Nap
Sometimes we can't focus because we're tired. If this is the case for you, just get in a quick little nap. Shut your eyes for a simple 20 or 30 minutes -- just enough to rest without entering the deep sleep cycle -- and you may find your focus return with a bang.
Close the Tabs
If you're working on the computer, just take a second and count the number of tabs you have open. If it's only one or two, congratulations, you're in the minority! If you're like most people, it's quite a few more than that. Close them. Close as many tabs as you can and only keep the essentials open. Opening too many tabs on the computer opens too many in your brain as well. You'll be going in multiple different directions, which means getting things done becomes impossible.
Limit Environmental Distractions
If everything around you is distracting, you won't be able to focus. Is there too much noise? Is it too bright or too dark? Too many visual disturbances? Cut back on the environmental distractions, and your focus will be much easier to find.
An uncomfortable body won't be able to find focus. Wear comfortable clothes, sit in a comfortable location, and keep a comfortable environment. The more comfortable you are, the less energy and focus you have to waste on your body, and the more you can put into your task.
Get Up and Move
If all else fails, just get up and move. Movement allows our brain to reset. We can stop thinking so hard and instead allow the focus to come back naturally. Take a walk, do some stretching, get in some jumping jacks. Just a little bit of movement might be enough to break the monotony and bring back concentration.
One Task at a Time
Don't try to do too many things at once. In the moment, it might feel like you're getting more done -- but you're not. You're simply splitting your focus and getting less done on multiple projects. Try focusing on one task at a time, and you'll probably find that keeping your focus and attention is a lot easier than you thought.
It's OK if your mind sometimes wanders. This is perfectly normal! But if you want to be successful long-term, you have to learn how to get that focus back. Use these tips to bring your attention back to where it matters, and enjoy the life improvements that come with it.
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