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Your mental health — your psychological, emotional, and social well-being — impacts every area of your life. Having positive mental health allows you to effectively deal with the daily stressors of life, communicate well with others, make healthy decisions and live life to its fullest. But sometimes, struggles with mental illnesses and addiction can make it seem like achieving a healthy mental state is impossible.

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Are you easily distracted? Consider meditation.


It's a well-known fact that attention regulation is critical for time management and productivity. To remain focused on the work at hand, though, you must avoid allowing distractions to derail your efforts.

This is when mindfulness practice comes into play. Small studies indicate that mindful meditation may be an effective approach for calming a wandering mind and assisting an individual in maintaining laserlike attention. Indeed, as little as a few minutes a day can make an impact.

By the way, meditation is an umbrella word for a variety of spiritual and relaxing activities. There are several kinds of meditation and numerous approaches.

Within this broad area, neuroscientists have examined how two distinct  meditation methods, focused attention (FA) and open monitoring (OM), may be utilized to increase cognitive functioning. Establishing a consistent practice of either one can assist in training your brain to improve its attention, focus, and concentration.

How can you practice meditation with focused attention?

This kind of mindful meditation consists of four essential components:

focusing and maintaining attention on a single item or sensation detecting distractions and mind wandering disengaging from distractions and refocusing attention on your focal point reframing distraction as "just a thought"

When you meditate in this manner, you maintain your attention on a single item or feeling, such as the sense of air moving in and out of your nose as you breathe. To maintain this level of concentration, you must continuously assess the quality of your attention. If your mind begins to wander, you must first determine the cause of the distraction and then refocus on your main subject.

For instance, if you notice your attention has switched away from your breathing and toward a later-in-the-day meeting, do not allow the notion to remain. Instead of that, refocus your attention entirely on your breathing.

How may frequent practice of this improve your ability to pay attention? It promotes three abilities essential for attention regulation:

detecting distraction without abandoning your focused point disengaging from distraction and swiftly restoring your attention to your target subject.

As your FA meditation abilities improve, it becomes easier to notice distractions and return to your target of concentration more rapidly. Concentration becomes nearly effortless after a while. This translates into an increased capacity to focus your attention on information relevant to your goals and to sustain that concentration even when confronted with conflicting input in everyday life. Additionally, it enables you to switch tasks without being distracted.

How can open monitoring be practiced?

A second form of mindful meditation is distinguished by the following characteristics from focused attention meditation:

no specific focal point

detached awareness of automatic subjective interpretation of thoughts and emotions by nonreactive observation and naming of experience.

Allowing your attention to flow from moment to moment without focusing on any particular object or sensation is a more advanced meditation technique. The method assists you in disengaging from distractions and immersing yourself in the present moment, rather than watching a continuous stream of experience.

The purpose of OM is to increase your awareness of previously concealed parts of your mental life. By training your brain in this manner, you may get a greater understanding of and control over your thought patterns and emotional habits. As a result, you're able to take proactive rather than reactive action.

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