As our lives become increasingly inundated with information, many are finding it harder to focus, especially during the tumultuous times of the pandemic. However, experts like Dr. Amishi Jha, a cognitive and behavioral neuroscience professor, suggest that it’s possible to retrain the brain for better focus through short daily mindfulness exercises. These exercises, like concentrating on one’s breath and performing body scans, have shown potential in strengthening our attention span and reducing distractibility.
- The average person receives a barrage of information daily, estimated at over 6,000 thoughts, requiring selective focus to process.
- During the pandemic, many have experienced challenges in concentration across various tasks, from reading to working.
- Dr. Amishi Jha’s book, “Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day,” proposes daily mindfulness exercises to enhance cognitive and emotional health.
- Key mindfulness exercises include focusing on breathing sensations and conducting “body scans” to increase awareness of physical sensations.
- Consistent practice with these exercises can lead to noticeable improvement in focus and a reduced feeling of distractibility.