Try med­i­ta­tion to stay fo­cussed, it just takes ten min­utes

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Ten min­utes of mind­ful med­i­ta­tion per day can be enough to help peo­ple prone to anxious thoughts fo­cus more ef­fec­tively on tasks in the present mo­ment, ac­cord­ing to new Cana­dian re­search. If you are a stu­dent, pre­par­ing for a stren­u­ous exam, this might be help­ful.

Prac­tic­ing med­i­ta­tion on a daily ba­sis can help re­duce the like­li­hood of repet­i­tive off-topic thoughts, a hall­mark of anx­i­ety, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers from Canada's Univer­sity of Water­loo.

Re­searchers stud­ied 82 stu­dents who ex­pe­ri­ence anx­i­ety. They were asked to carry out a com­puter-based task while be­ing in­ter­rupted sev­eral times to as­sess their abil­ity to stay fo­cussed on the task, at hand.

An­other ben­e­fit of med­i­ta­tion? The study also found that the ac­tiv­ity helped anxious peo­ple shift their at­ten­tion from their own

in­ter­nal wor­ries to the ex­ter­nal world and the im­por­tance of the present mo­ment.

For be­gin­ners: If you have de­cided to take up med­i­ta­tion, the aim should be to con­cen­trate the at­ten­tion solely on breath­ing through­out the 10-minute ses­sion, with­out set­ting any spe­cific goals. Fol­low the flow of air by tak­ing a deep breath in then a long breath out, be­fore mark­ing the short, nat­u­ral pause and be­fore tak­ing the next breath in.

Bring­ing thoughts and at­ten­tion back to breath­ing, sys­tem­at­i­cally keeps the mind fo­cussed on the present mo­ment. The next step: Fol­low­ing this, the aim is to be­come mind­fully con­scious of all parts of the body in con­tact with the floor or the chair on which you are sit­ting. So, if all else fails, you may find some re­lief in the prac­tice of med­i­ta­tion.

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