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Brief Mindfulness Improves Focus

Meditation has been regarded as a highly effective way to focus for some time. A recent study lead by Aarhus University, found that brief mindfulness improves focus, or in their words, is effective for “training attention-related neuroplasticity.” If you’re not familiar with the term plasticity, it refers to the brain’s capacity to structure new neural pathways based on new experiences. Many of us worry about the future, or dwell on the past, when in actual fact we should be living in the present, which is of course what being mindful is all about.

Brief Mindfulness Improves Focus

Brief Mindfulness For FocusIncreased brain responses to emotional stimuli where found only in those participants with the most practice, suggesting that such benefits may require greater training and depend upon first developing attentional skills. Overall, the meditation group showed better attention performance and increased brain activity in regions associated with executive function. Executive function consists of skills such as paying attention for long periods, resisting distractions, and cognitive flexibility. Disruption of these abilities has been linked to disorders including addiction and post-traumatic stress, which are known to respond positively to mindfulness training.

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I think some people regard meditation as being a little ‘out there’, or kinda weird. If brief mindfulness improves focus, then in today’s world of ‘hyper distraction’ it ought to be something that everyone should consider incorporating into their daily routines. I started a very simple form of meditation about 6 months ago, where you just focus on your breathing for 5 minutes, taking long deep breaths. Every time a thought enters your head, you get rid of it, and then refocus on your breathing. It’s very relaxing. I’ve heard some people do this for 45 minutes at a time, at the start and the end of their days. Now that’s dedication!

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