Do you think about too many things at one time? Does your ability to concentrate and focus seem compromised? Are you easily overwhelmed? These are among many questions that we HSPs must ask ourselves.
I’m guilty of the above mentioned road blocks to a peaceful and productive life. Getting caught up in our everyday activities cause us to lose track of what’s really important in our lives. We clutter our brains with trivial things that block our ability to focus our time and energy on the more important issues.
Concentration and focus is devoting your full attention and energy to a specific task. I know from personal experience that this is easier said than done. Being a deep- thinking highly sensitive person has my mind going in many different directions. This causes undue stress on my already highly sensitive and overactive nervous system.
I have good news for you. You can break the pattern of frazzled thinking! You can do this by:
- Formulating a specific plan for what you’d like to accomplish. Lack of a definite plan causes a lack of clarity. Muddled thinking opens the floodgates to unwanted and unproductive thoughts. The more desire you have to do something, the better your concentration and focus becomes.
- Work with your biological clock. What is the best time of day for you to concentrate? This may change from time to time. Be aware of it. Use this time to work on important tasks. What is your normal attention span? This can change depending on your energy level. Break up your focus time accordingly.
- Schedule time to rest and think. This should be obvious, but how many of you actually do this?
- Be aware of what distracts you. Make a list. Awareness will help you avoid or remove distractions.
- Take a break when you’re not concentrating. Don’t work through a dry spell of unproductive thinking.
- Take care of your mind and body. Proper rest, diet, and exercise are the foundation for being able to think and feel your best. When you don’t feel right, you won’t think right.
- Be aware of what relaxes you. For me, it’s a CD with soothing music for overactive nervous systems. I used the Essential Sounds Calm CD when I wrote my book, Making Sense of Your High Sensitivity. I accomplished something that I never thought was possible.
There will always be distractions in our lives. Awareness of this fact will help your mindset cut the clutter to help you focus on more important things, reduce stress, and help you gain self-esteem.
Does your mind wander? What do you do for it? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.