Techniques to Increase Focused Attention
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It’s so important to practice techniques to increase focus.  Depending on age, we have a limited quantity of time to pay attention and listen carefully to instruction.  There is n question that to study, commit to memory, and retrieve data, we must be alert and attentive.

What techniques can you practice to increase focus?

Just one great technique provided in this article is a simple word game between two people.  The first person starts by giving a description of a food they like best using only adjectives.   The second person tries to guess what the food is.  Then they switch roles and the second person does the guessing and provides descriptive words of their favorite food and the first person guesses.  It may sound simple, but this technique really calms the mind and makes it more receptive to learning.

The mind tends to focus on the negatives of the day, whether or not it’s actually a threatening or scary situation.  By practicing different breathing, visual, touch, and sound techniques, you can overcome some of the challenging daily obstacles and see life in a happier light.

Our brains rank survival above book learning and feelings. Our motivation for survival is so ingrained that we consciously or unconsciously notice everything that we experience as threatening, dangerous, or unknown.  For students, this may relate to testing, complex subjects, or personal issues that nobody else is aware of.

These worries can neurobiologically create an anxious reaction in our brains.  Research frequently demonstrates that comforting and soothing our brains will decrease heart rate and blood pressure and enhance how we cope with the typical daily trials that occur as well as how well we can maintain focus.

Research illustrates how a variety of daily exercises can help students maintain better focus and better handle problem solving in their everyday lives.  These methods will help calm their nerves and refresh their thought process. So don’t forget to have students practice being focused with their attention and make sure they are taking “brain breaks.”

For a more in-depth understanding of exercises to increase focus, please see the full article here:

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