With life’s many distractions—such as text messages, social media, office deadlines and multitasking—it’s easy for your mind to become used to jumping between thoughts quickly. The problem is, when it comes to completing a task that requires deeper concentration, you may find you lack the attention span to stay on task and get it done on time.
In fact, experts are now saying our attention span is eight seconds thanks to electronic gadgets, which adds up to less attention span than a goldfish! A recent article in the Huffington Post points out that a whole new generation is growing up with a possible attention deficit, and that social media and texting could be lowering cognitive and social skills. Here are 5 ways to combat this and keep your mind focused on one thing at a time…
1. Exercise your Body and Feed your Brain
Exercising your body will also benefit your brain, noted Physchology Today. Living a healthy lifestyle that involves regular physical activity coupled with healthy and nutritious food (and avoiding alcohol and nicotine) will send more blood and oxygen to the brain, which will in turn increase mental capacity.
The same Psychology Today article also notes an added bonus to exercise—it increases “feel good” endorphins that help prevent depression, a mental condition which can cause a decreased attention span and higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.