Five top tips to improve your concentration

Most of us have trouble focusing at some point, especially in the busy, tech-filled world that we live in.
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Most of us have trouble focusing at some point, especially in the busy, tech-filled world that we live in.

According to research from energy and focus brand Pro Plus, 41 percent of people in the UK have admitted that their concentration has gotten significantly worse since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, what can you do to get your concentration back on track? Neuroscientist Dr Jack Lewis has answers.


Moving your body can significantly increase your ability to focus. For example, you could go for a daily walk, which is a simple activity to incorporate into your day.

"Exercise releases a protein called a brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, which supports nerve cell growth - something that's key to improving your ability to concentrate, as well as memorise and learn," Dr Lewis explains.


When you need to concentrate on a task, you should find a quiet space and limit your digital devices so you won't be distracted.

"Constant notifications and interruptions can increase stress and reduce our ability to sustain attention," he states. "By limiting distractions, we can reduce the cognitive load on our brain and improve our ability to focus and concentrate."


Getting a good night's sleep is essential for brain health, resulting in better concentration. It is recommended that people get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night.

"During sleep, the brain consolidates memories and processes information, which can help improve cognitive performance the next day," the neuroscientist says.


It is worth sticking to a daily routine, which can help you to create stability and focus on the tasks ahead of you.

"Our brains thrive on structure so removing small and unnecessary decisions every day allows your mind to channel its attention to the important things," Dr Lewis shares, adding that it is important to schedule "regular, short breaks".


Our brains "rely on nutrition to survive", so it can be beneficial to incorporate supplements into your daily routine.

"Nootropic supplements - those that support cognitive function - can be particularly effective in helping your brain work at its best. Nootropic ingredients include B vitamins, caffeine and adaptogens such as ginseng and guarana," he recommends.

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