Children are not the only ones with concentration problems

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Experts say summer time is possibly a big source of distraction. And even though it's hot outside, they say you'd rather be out enjoying the summer than at work.

What you need, psychologists say, is to re-focus, just like you would tell your children to do.

"Imagine a ballplayer. He's had two fat ones go right past him," said Dr. Scott Bea, a clinical psychologist at Cleveland Clinic. "He starts thinking about himself too much rather than just see the ball and hit it. And whenever we get overly involved with our thoughts, we lose sight of what's happening in the here and now."

Dr. Bea says keeping family photos, even pictures of your pets on your desk can help you clear your thoughts. But he recommends introducing new pictures regularly so you don't get used to them.

You can also take a walk when you're having trouble concentrating, or just look out the window.

A study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology finds people who were able to look periodically at a grassy rooftop committed fewer mistakes and had better concentration when compared to people looking at a concrete rooftop.

Dr. Bea says all you are trying to do is refresh your personal home page.

"Think about the time you're working on a crossword," he said. "You get a little stumped. If you step away from that for just a few moments it frees up your thinking. You can come back and all of a sudden the answer that was not available to you is available to you."

Psychologists also suggest taking advantage of aromas in your environment and listening to different types of sounds.

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