Effectively Handling Attention Difficulties

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AGamer1238
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Effectively Handling Attention Difficulties

Hi again everyone,

I was interested in discussing a topic that is probably relevant for a decent portion of the group. I speak of inattention, a difficulty that is often severely misunderstood.

I have gone slightly over three weeks without gaming, and have already experienced tremendous benefits in most areas. As gaming has often caused me to quite inattentive, I had assumed my ability to attend to less interesting information would also improve. Unfortunately, that has not really been the case, as my mind remains constantly active throughout books and conversations.

The misconception piece I mentioned above is that a large percentage of individuals assume that any attention difficulties are clearly a result of ADHD, but the truth is everyone has occasional difficulty paying attention, especially if they have something important on their minds. Personally, I'm not exactly sure where I fall on the inattention spectrum, but there are times I clearly have difficulties. I'd like to figure out effective solutions to solve this problem.

I'm hoping some of you can relate to the difficulty I've had locating good literature on ways to improve attention/concentration. I'm fully aware of the medication route, but I'd prefer to avoid that until I've tried other options first. Most literature I've found on non-medication solutions centers around mindfulness, increased exercise, and maintaining a healthy diet, but I'm interested in other ideas as well. I'd also enjoy hearing about anyones experiences who has been able to effectively improve their attention/concentration.

I look forward to discussing this topic with anyone who is interested in doing so =)

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Hi, I have a hyperactive

Hi,

I have a hyperactive brain. My mind always must think on something: life, Universe, my haters, my problems etc. After all that`s why o chosed to become a computer programmer. I will never be able to stay on a monotone job , i must think all the time and solve problems. That`s how my brain works. When i was a child i had a mild stuttering and the reason was that i had too many ideas in my mind when i was speaking. Now it is 95-99% gone. Also i realised i have to control my mind. I can use it positively or negatively. Negatively means feding my fears, thinking on others, analysing myself excessively to find as many defects as posible lol or i can use it to study, to write etc. So right now i am reading a lot of books about personal development and mind. I also meditate and i try to live on the present. I

find the music i listen to affect me a lot. If i listen to rap, rock, hip-hop, vocals in general my mind goes crazy and i try to listen only instrumentals and classical music. I don't watch TV and i must chose movies carefully because if i watch lord of the rings i see myself playing world of warcraft. So it's all about learning to control your mind i think.

Gym also helps me to relax and forget about everything.

I don't think i have adhd or anything like this because i can sleep well but my brain is active as an erupting volcano during the daytime.

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I don't know if this will

I don't know if this will help but if I need to do an activity that I know I will be easily distracted from (which is quite often) then I set a timer for 20 minutes and stick to the task at hand. I tell myself I can do (almost) anything for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes I either move on to another task for 20 minutes or extend the task at hand for another 20.

Let me know if that helps.

Also, exercise and supplements help me to stay focused and upbeat.

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Thank you both for the

Thank you both for the suggestions!

Avlad-My mind works simiarly. Whenever I learn new information (which I like to do as often as possible) I'm usually analyzing what I'm listening to or reading immediately. I think about the material itself, but I also think about other related topics. Sometimes it triggers a thought about something that contradicts or supports the new information. This trait is extremely helpful for me at times, but there are also times I want to just absorb the information as quickly as possible and analyze it later. I also greatly enjoy classical music, and listen to it pretty often when I'm reading or writing. I do believe literature is pretty consistent on the benefits of attention and nutrition on keeping focused, so I should experiment to see how much of an impact they have. I'm considering keeping track of how many times I lose focus while completing various tasks to see if it only happens during certain activities. I also think it will help me identify the distraction immediately so I can quickly jump back to the task at hand. If I have any really important thoughts I can just write them down and move on.

Mommy3-I have used timers in the past, but I really like your thinking about telling yourself you can do almost anything for 20 minutes. I could try different time increments to see how long I can continue on some of the more challenging tasks (like listening to a boring presentation). Even if I start with small time increments, I could always build it up overtime with practice.

I will give these a try and see what types of results I'm getting. I'll also continue reading through a mindfulness book and try to practice the technques there as well.

Thanks again

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