Ways to Improve Attention
Those who suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder) and other attention disorders often find that the inability to focus is the hardest symptom to deal with, as it makes it difficult to perform in school or work. Because of this, sufferers and their families often seek ways to improve attention.
While doctors will often recommend medication or therapy for the treatment of ADHD, there are some techniques you or your child can try in order to improve attention on your own:
- Mind over matter - Telling yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to can often be more than just encouraging words to yourself. If you tell yourself that you will have trouble paying attention or concentrating, you will. If you tell yourself that you will be able to focus your attention on the things you need to, you will often have much better results.
- Mind exercises - Your mind is like any other part of your body, and exercises can help keep it sharp and functioning optimally. There are a variety of mind exercises that you can do to help you learn how to pay better attention, such as word games, quizzes, and research.
- Prioritize - People with attention problems find it very difficult to focus, especially on more than one thing at a time. If you find yourself struggling, prioritize! Choose the things that most urgently need your attention, and try to focus all of your attention on one thing at a time instead of spreading yourself too thin.
- Have patience - Just like anything else, working to improve attention takes time. Don't get discouraged if it takes longer than you had hoped to improve; just keep working on it!
For many ADHD sufferers, teaching themselves how to pay attention and how to ignore things that may distract them can help them also learn how to better manage other symptoms they may be experiencing and function to the best of their ability in stressful or distracted situations.
If you suspect you or your child may be suffering from attention deficit difficulties, consult with your doctor. He or she will be able to present you with your treatment and symptoms management options, as well as provide you with other techniques you can use to improve attention on your own.