One of the most difficult tasks in life is staying focused to get things done right away. This is particularly common for students trying to study for an exam or finishing homework. According to Cambridge University Press, some of the common causes of why students lack concentration are due to lack of sleep, the environment he or she is in, and psychological problems (e.g. anxiety, depression, ADHD). There are numerous studies proving the causes and effects on this matter and scientific solutions are being provided. Here are three simple tips that any student can follow, so he or she can start developing healthy study habits.
Have enough sunlight
Natural sunlight boosts activity. Of course, there are students who prefer studying at night than in the morning, but it is still best to study within an environment that has sufficient and moderate sunlight. Increased sunlight exposure has been associated with an increase in one’s serotonin levels, which is known as the happy hormone. Therefore, it increases one’s mood, helping the person to stay calm and focused. If one’s home has retractable window awnings, then it’s perfect to remove them while studying. Additional benefits of having enough sunlight include bone growth due to the absorption of Vitamin D and sleep improvement by normalizing circadian rhythm. In a 2017 study, results show that students who receive more sunlight every day perform better in tests.
Limit gadget use
Gadgets are probably the biggest distraction of students since most of their time is spent using them. It’s important that students be disciplined on when to use them and when to stop. However, it’s also impossible to completely remove gadgets while studying because some find it more efficient to study using their laptops or tablets. The best approach to this is limiting its use. When in the need to use gadgets, they can maximize mobile applications that will temporarily block access to different social media sites. Students can also make use of applications that set short breaks in between their studies to rest their minds.
Eat an apple to stay awake
Not only does eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away but it also helps keep anyone awake. It’s a healthy alternative to coffee, especially to those who are not used to consuming it, because apples prevent anxiety and the increase in heart rate. According to Cornell University, apples contain high amounts of vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. These healthy components are what keep the body going. One’s body also feels more awake when eating apples because the nutrients are released slowly. Although apples do not have the same effects as coffee, they are still highly recommended as an alternative.
Keeping concentration while studying is difficult when one is not in a comfortable environment and does not properly take care of his or her body. But it’s not always about lacking discipline. There are also factors beyond one’s control that contribute to this problem, which is why it’s important to ask for help – may it be from immediate family and friends or from the medical profession.