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5 Ways to Clear Your Mind and Regain Your Focus
  • 16 Sep 2015
  • Medical Revision
Studying is always a challenging process no matter what level you are working at. It can be a very stressful time. The important thing is to be able to fully focus when you're ready for periods of study, but then completely relax afterwards. There are a few things you can do to help achieve this:

1. Make a to do list

During revision you'll probably have lots of ideas and key points whizzing around your brain, and you may feel that it's difficult to clear your mind. One useful technique is to write down everything in the form of a list. It will help you to stop thinking about things over and over again and allow your brain to have a rest. A list is also very useful for helping to prioritise tasks, and regain focus on what is important and what is less so.

2. Exercise

Short bursts of fairly intense exercise are a great way to forget about the stresses and strains of study. Perhaps you could go for a run or play a competitive game with some friends, such as badminton or football. Our physical and mental health are very closely linked, so a bout of heart-pumping action can really make a difference to your ability to regain a clear focus. 

3. Meditation

It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you've got a big exam coming up, then anything that can help you prepare is worth a short (providing it's legal!) If some of your friends or colleagues seem completely calm and unfazed by the impending exams, the chances are that they're either in complete denial or they're practising some form of meditation. It helps to still the mind as well as the body, allowing you to have a period of complete rest time.

4. Eat and drink well

Make sure that the fuel you are putting into your body is good quality, and is going to give you the nutrients you require. Drinking plenty of water will help to keep your brain fully hydrated and ready to concentrate for extended periods of time. 

5. Rewards

Why not set yourself a series of goals in the lead up to a particular task or exam? When you achieve your goal, reward yourself with a little treat - simple things like a trip to the cinema with a friend or a quiet meal with your partner in your favourite restaurant. Breaking your ambition into smaller goals can help you retain focus, and allow you to feel that you are making good progress.
  • 16 Sep 2015
  • Medical Revision