How can I concentrate?

I can't understand what I pay attention to.

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

One way to concentrate is that if your mind starts to wonder then remind yourself to bring your attention back.

Start with short time spans of expecting yourself to concentrate.  

You'll more likely succeed with concentrating with small time spans than longer ones.

Once you start seeing your success, this will motivate you to try increasing the length to expect yourself to concentrate.

The task of self-reminding is the same, whether for long or short time periods.

Also, before starting this exercise ask your medical doctor if the problem can be related to a physical health problem.

If there is, then have the possibility ruled out that your difficulty concentrating comes from the mental ability to concentrate, and not some medical reason preventing this.

Before someone can engage their psychological will there must be a clean medical body and mind with which to work.

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