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It’s not possible to be awesome at focusing unless you practice focusing and push your limits, just like it’s not possible to be awesome at running unless you practice running and push your limits.
Here are five ways to practice focusing that have really helped me get my mind to stay in one place at a time:
1. Meditate. Start with short periods and then gradually extend the time you spend meditating. Setting aside three minutes every day for meditation and learning how to make that consistent can be a massive step in the right direction.
2. Stop checking your phone. When you get that urge to check, don’t. The more you respond to every distracting urge that pops up, the easier it becomes to be distracted. You’re training your brain to respond to urges automatically. That’s not going to help you.
3. Eat healthy. If your blood sugar is all over the place, your mind is all over the place.
4. Try uni-tasking. Try to be in your home, with no music or TV on, your computer and phone turned off, and then do something. Just do one thing. You could cook dinner and be present cooking dinner. Prepare the food and don’t think about anything else, not from the past or the future. Be mindfully present while doing one thing, once a day.
5. Eliminate all of your other compulsive behaviors. If you’re practicing reacting to urges and fears and uncertainties in many areas of your life, your brain is going to act that way in other areas of your life, whether you want it to or not. Eliminate compulsions one by one, starting with the easiest.
"Don’t take ~chemicals~ like prozac, I heard you can get the same effect by eating 19 oranges a day, that’s only 570 oranges a month!!!"
"Yeah I know you have horrible panic attacks but like, have you tried yoga?"
"Yeah I understand depression completely stops you from doing everyday tasks AND that you then feel guilty about that… But you have to just power through it and get on with things as normal!"
Nice try big pharma
I’ve been accused of being a lot of things on this site but this is the first time I’ve been accused of literally being all of the pharmaceutical industry
self care ideas ( ◠ ᴥ ◠ )
- eat fruit or something sweet
- take a warm bath with lots of bubbles!!
- brush hair gently
- walk outside barefoot, look at nice flowers
- listen to soft nice music
- go to the thrift store and buy nice old clothes
- bake something
- do laundry and make clothes smell nice
- brush cat
A trick I’ve recently learned for anxiety.
If you feel anxious about something, associate it with something that is calm or normal.
For instance, I had to look at summer courses and I keep putting it off because it makes me feel incredibly anxious. So, using this trick I finally got it done this morning by saying,
“Okay, I have to look at summer courses and this morning I had a bowl of cereal.” And “I will look up summer courses and I like watching Portlandia.”
When you disassociate from the anxiety and pair it with something mundane that you did that day, the anxiety melts away (at least, in my experience.)
It really helped me and I got what I needed to get done and it was much easier than if I was freaking out and trying to do it.
So this is to all my friends with anxiety/panic/other mental illnesses. I don’t know if it works for everyone but it’s worth a shot.