Wandering of mind every now and then and not being able to focus on a particular aspect are the symptoms of lack of concentration. Many baby boomers suffer from this particular problem. However, a senior does not have to live with this problem. There are ways and means of improving concentration.
Well, have you ever tried meditation? Not yet, then you must try out this. It not only reduces stress levels, but also improves the concentration. Chanting mantra or concentrating on your breathing are some excellent methods of meditating. Meditation actually involves focusing on something which is repetitive in nature. You need to practice meditation on a regular basis. Continue for some time and you will notice the difference.
We have seen people giving up half way when doing something, complaining they cannot continue it for long. To avoid this, you can take steps because again it is a problem of concentration. The solution is to set small goals. For instance, you may initially start with just ten minutes and then gradually increase the period of activity. As you accomplish one goal, you can set a reward for yourself. This will keep you going for long.
While doing a work that involves a lot of concentration, instead of giving up the complete task because of lack of concentration, you can take some break in between. That way you may take a longer time to finish the task, but at least you will be able to finish it! Also, taking a break helps in refreshing the mind.
A sound sleep is the key to a healthy mind. Disturbed sleep reduces concentration levels. Ideally, a person must get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each day.
Improving concentration power is in your hand. You have to create it for yourself. Build up your mind in a way so that it focuses on a particular aspect instead of wandering away in all directions leaving you distracted.
I have to recommend a few online sites or software that absolutely not only maintain thinking skills but even improve your brain as you age. There is an electronic hand sized pocket game called Brain Age Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!,JPN also known as Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? in PAL regions, is an entertainment video game that employs puzzles. It was developed and published by the video gaming company Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld video game console. Nintendo has been careful not to claim the game has been scientifically validated, however stating that it is an “entertainment product ‘inspired’ by Kawashima’s work in the neurosciences.”
It was first released in Japan, and was later released in North America, Europe, Australia, and South Korea. It was followed by a sequel titled Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!, and was later followed by two redesigns and Brain Age Express for the Nintendo DSi’s DSiWare service which uses popular puzzles from these titles as well as several new puzzles.
Brain Age features a variety of puzzles, including stroop tests, mathematical questions, and Sudoku puzzles, all designed to help keep certain parts of the brain active. It was included in the Touch! Generations series of video games, a series which features games for a more casual gaming audience. Brain Age uses the touch screen and microphone for many puzzles. It has received both commercial and critical success, selling 18.96 million copies worldwide (as of March 31, 2011)and has received multiple awards for its quality and innovation.