Difficulty Concentrating? Three Tips to Help You Focus

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Difficulty concentrating? It can be very frustrating. Learn 3 tips to help you focus and increase your concentration at HealthyPlace

Difficulty Concentrating? Three Tips to Help You Focus

Difficulty concentrating is a common frustration. We live in a busy, bustling world. Additionally, many mental illnesses are associated with difficulty concentrating. For example, depression can affect a person's ability to concentrate. Concentration problems are also associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.

Regardless of what is causing concentration difficulties, there are ways you can help your brain focus. Here are three tips:

  1. Practice chunking. Chunking is a technique used by the human brain to facilitate retention. It's why phone numbers are separated into sets of three's and four's. Use the principle to increase concentration. Create to-do lists and then separate your duties into chunks. Tackle one at a time. Then, take a short break to reset your brain.
  2. Know yourself. Do you concentrate best with music or in silence? Are you more able to concentrate with our without caffeine? Knowing yourself helps you set yourself up for concentration success.
  3. Objectify. Having something physical to touch, like a small rock or other trinket, increases our ability to concentrate. Being able to rhythmically manipulate an object creates positive changes in the brain that actually improve concentration.

No matter what your brain is experiencing, you can use tools to increase your ability to concentrate.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Difficulty Concentrating? Three Tips to Help You Focus, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 24 from

Last Updated: June 3, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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