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Can mindfulness improve concentration?

Sheri Van Dijk
Psychiatry
Many of us take the ability to concentrate for granted. In fact, you may have noticed that during times when you're feeling very sad, you're more likely to forget things or have trouble concentrating. Mindfulness can help with this; by redirecting your focus over and over again to whatever you're doing in the present moment, you're improving your concentration. As for memory, when you're concentrating on something, you're more likely to remember it later. When you walk in the house after a long day at work and you're still thinking about work and the stressful day that awaits you tomorrow, you'll be less likely to remember where you put your car keys later on, because you weren't thinking about your keys when you put them down. Getting yourself off automatic pilot, and focusing on what you're doing when you're doing it, will improve your memory.
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