"I can not concentrate on anything": what is the reason and how to cope with it
Internet surfing - thoughtless viewing of pictures, reading of other verbal battles and absorption of a huge amount of unnecessary information - leads to the fact that the "attention muscle" atrophies. The habit of not concentrating on anything, switching attention from one to another, leaving it diffused, leads to problems with the perception of really important and necessary information.
It would seem that the ability to quickly switch from one to another - a useful skill? However, with Internet surfing everything is the opposite, because people do not go into details and do not go into the essence of information, and mindlessly moves from one page to another. This is based on the curious phenomenon of ridiculous comments like "did not read, but I condemn", which is well known to popular bloggers. Out of a hundred opinions, only one or two will come from peoplewho were able to read the text to the end and catch its essence; the rest of the commentators will pour out free associations that have arisen from a single phrase, grasped in the text by the corner of the eye.
Lack of attention can be called a sign of the times. And this problem has a global scale. Total inattention can be not only the cause of irritation of all around. Sometimes it leads to serious mistakes at work and even collapse in personal life.
Many entertainment online resources are designed for people with attention deficit: studies show that a modern adult on average is able to keep attention on any text for about 10 seconds - then he will most likely write a comment in the style of “Pasternak did not read, but I condemn ”and will start watching the video with cats, completely forgetting about the information that entered his brain two seconds ago.
Lack of attention leads to an amazing phenomenon: the Cochrane Library and PubMed are available to any person today with a single click, with their help you can independently figure out the problem of a healthy lifestyle; but most prefer to go the easy waydrive in search engine query "gluten-free diet reviews" and absent-mindedly glance at the anti-scientific delirium, which is generated by the inflamed brain of dietary fanatics. All this comes not from a lack of intelligence, but from the weakness of attention, the inability to focus on the text and to penetrate into its essence. Read a few articles in English and make some kind of conclusion is a task, for people with attention deficit impossible.
This is used by publishers, releasing countless pseudoscientific books and magazines: they have a mass of unjustified information, except for the author's overconfidence, but they are equipped with beautiful pictures of a pumped press. All diets that are wildly popular, whether they are raw foods or the rejection of gluten-containing products, gain a lot of new supporters every day. This is not because such diets work, but because their creators caught the trend in time: tell about food in three phrases and five pictures, as if the reader has the intelligence of a preschooler, and the diet is waiting for success. For to understand where the facts are rigged, the majority of readers will not.Most of them lack attention, which they do not suspect. But readers want a new diet-religion in five minutes, and then they will watch videos with funny raccoons, with breaks for another holivar on the web. However, in a month a new style of food will most likely be abandoned in favor of the next “revolutionary technique”, because low concentration of attention is often accompanied by increased distractibility and suggestibility.
Attention is an important "cog" in the work of the psyche. Therefore, its deficiency is perceived as a feeling of a “muddy head”, difficulties in remembering and even as a depressed mood or lack of motivation to do something. In other words, the work of the mind without attention is impossible, so its deficit is very noticeable, although it is difficult to identify.
From the acuity of attention, its volume and ability to switch with preservation of concentration depends on how well information is remembered. A keen attention is also needed for personal relationships - it provides empatheticity, the ability to compromise, and resolve conflict situations peacefully and fairly.
How to improve attention?
- Practices of awareness.Awareness - a skill that helps at least for a while to exit the "autopilot" mode. We are accustomed to perform a lot of tasks automatically: wash ourselves, brush our teeth, train on a treadmill, have dinner, and watch TV. At the same time, a person does not seem to be present at the moment, but also does not engage in useful mental work, because the mind at such times produces an infinite “mental cud”, builds up disturbing thoughts and wanders aimlessly from one object to another. Meditation helps to cope with this - any of the many techniques that can be found today on the corresponding hashtags in social networks: breath meditation, movement meditation and others. A great effect gives yoga nidra - conscious relaxation with the movement of attention through the body. Awareness can be practiced while eating by turning off the TV and putting the smartphone aside. Focusing on the taste, texture and other characteristics of food helps to build relationships with the body, and sometimes reduce weight.
- Full sleep. Another common cause of attention deficit is lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep. Frequent waking up at night, anxiety and depressive disorders, eating disorders - all this can lead to a deterioration in the quality of sleep.Simple rules of sleep hygiene, such as airing the room, sufficient darkening of the room, avoiding overeating at night, are sometimes sufficient to make sleep complete. If this does not help, you need to consult a specialist - a neurologist or a psychiatrist.
- Prevention of chronic diseases. In people with undiagnosed hypertension, diabetes mellitus, often the first sign of the disease is the very feeling of "troubled head", difficulty concentrating and remembering. Sometimes this seemingly insignificant symptom, like the inability to concentrate on anything, turns out to be the “first sign” of a serious neurological illness. Therefore, once a year to visit a therapist and pass some tests - a good idea in order to exclude certain diseases or in time to identify and begin to treat them.
Sharp attention is one of the secrets of high intelligence. It helps to consider objects and phenomena from different angles, to find non-standard solutions to problems. Therefore, it makes sense to train your attention, like a muscle, in order to become an interesting conversationalist, a good professional and a person completely satisfied with life.