Try meditation to stay focussed, it just takes ten minutes
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.