Tips for increasing concentration

Eat, sleep and hydrate your way to improved focus

Do you have problems staying focused when you have a difficult or boring task to carry out at work? If so, don’t worry because you are not alone – this is a common experience.

Whether you’re looking to improve your mental focus and concentration skills for work or just for everyday life, there are some simple lifestyle changes which might help more than you think.

And we have produced three handy PDFs covering some of the measures recommended by experts:

Eating healthily

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health - and can help you to feel your best.

This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, while consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or denying yourself the foods you love. It’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.

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Improving sleep

We all know some of the effects of a lack of sleep - such as feeling grumpy or not working at your best - but did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences for your physical health?

Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions - including obesity, coronary heart disease and diabetes – and also shortens your life expectancy. Most adults need around eight hours of sleep a night to function properly – ideally good quality sleep with few interruptions.

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Keeping hydrated

Water makes up more than two-thirds of the human body, so it’s really important to consume enough fluid to stay hydrated.

Many people get dehydrated by not drinking enough, often by losing fluids and not replacing them.

The body constantly loses water throughout the day, mostly through urine and sweat - but also from regular body functions like breathing. To prevent dehydration, you need plenty of water from drink and food every day.

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