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Relaxing After a Hard Day: How to Increase your Focus when Reading

Posted September 12, 2018 by Sue Prichard

You have probably heard that reading is a fantastic way for you to relax after a hard day at work. You may have also heard that it is a great way for you to unwind as well, but if you are tired or even stressed then you may find it hard to unwind after a long day and you may also find it hard to maintain your focus as well. If you want to try and turn this around then here are some ways how you could increase your focus when reading.

Use your Hand to Guide your Eyes

Your eyes are attracted to motion. If you are able to use your hand to create motion on the page then your eyes will follow this. Try and use your hand or even a pen to glide across the page from left to write. The more you do this, the more natural you will feel and this can work wonders for you. Of course, if you are finding it hard to try and stay awake when reading then turn on the lights and open the windows. You may also want to relax with a coffee when you read as well, but be careful because this could cause you to be awake at night and this is the last thing that you need when you are stressed from a long day.

Eliminate Any Distractions

If you find that you are continually distracted when you read then you need to find out what distractions you can eliminate. At the end of the day, there will always be distractions that are out of your control but when you know what they are and when you are able to understand them, you can be sure to deal with them much more efficiently. For example, if your phone is constantly going off when you are reading then this is a distraction but you can eliminate this by turning your phone off. If you get the urge to check your Facebook then turn your laptop off and put it in another room. When you are able to shut yourself off from distractions like this, only then can you be sure to really relax at the end of the night. If you are reading for a college course then it may be worth you looking into natural medicine to boost learning as well.

Have Breaks

If you are trying to force yourself to read for more than an hour every single day then this might be where you are going wrong. It is very hard for the brain to concentrate for more than an hour at a time so it is important that you are able to take regular breaks. Every hour or so, get up, walk around, grab a hot drink or even a bite to eat. This will give your mind and your eyes a break and it will also allow you to come back to your reading material with much more focus as well so you know that you won’t have any problems there.

 

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