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5 simple tricks to help you focus

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You can do more than yoga to work “mindfulness” into your routine. It’ll calm your brain and help you focus like a hawk. And you’ll have more fun.

Some simple tricks:

1. Drill your attention into the present moment.
People mostly accomplish this through meditation, but you can get pretty close just by doing one thing at a time and focusing your full attention on it.

2. Turn an everyday occurrence, like walking down stairs or crossing a street, into a reminder to concentrate on this moment and think about what you’re doing.

3. Breathe deeply a few times right before you go to sleep and when you wake up. Feel the oxygen spreading to your legs and brain.

4. Instead of drumming your fingers
as you wait for a meeting to start, observe yourself and see how your thoughts and emotions affect your body.

5. Slow down.

— Adapted from “Mindfulness in a hectic world,” Harvard Heart Letter.

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