No one would argue that concentration is a must in each activity one’s undergoing, in work and daily life. Although all of us have already known about this immutable fact, in the contrary, there are still numerous individuals out there who cannot concentrate very well, regardless of their sex, age and other parameters. This phenomenon can be understood since there’s no curriculum in the formal education that is specifically designed to discuss about concentration. In other words, since early age, most pupils have no ideas of what concentration is all about. The inability to concentrate would make one can not give optimal performance in his/her activity, which led to mediocre results.
There are many methods that we can do to improve our ability to concentrate. Because concentration is very much related to the state of mind, therefore you can only develop your concentration by training your mind. One of the ways is through meditation. There are many sources from where you can learn to master meditation, e.g. books, websites etc. The most prominent aspect in mastering it is consistency and perseverance. You might not master meditation in short time, but don’t be discouraged. If you keep train yourself, soon enough meditation would be second nature to you. It surely takes discipline, like mastering any other skills.
There are many factors that contribute to one’s inability to concentrate. One of which has something to do with pain, more specifically headache. Maybe you are one of many who have this problem and you’ve tried so hard and for so long to come out with a real solution. In that case this recent study might help you to overcome your problem.
Everyone knows that it is impossible to concentrate with a splitting headache, but now neuroscientists can explain why. Researchers at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany have identified a region of the brain that processes both working memory and pain, and it seems to give preference to painful stimuli. Using functional
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), the researchers found that applying pain to volunteers hand increased activity in brain areas involved in pain processing, while decreasing activity in areas that working on the assigned visual test.
Ulrike Bingel, who led the study, says the work might have implications for pain management. When doctors decide whether to use strong painkillers such as opiates, they weigh the cognitive side effects of treatment, Bingel says, do not always consider that the pain itself can interfere with mental function.