It’s no secret that mental illness makes it really difficult to concentrate. It’s easy to find your mind wandering when you know you need to focus, and that kind of pressure only exacerbates the anxieties that you’re already feeling.
Being unable to focus means that you might struggle at work or school, feel overly anxious when making decisions or be unable to concentrate on hobbies that you used to enjoy.
Whilst struggling to focus isn’t an easy symptom to eliminate, there are ways that you can make things simpler for yourself.
Carry a Notebook
If you remember something you need to do, write it down. If a notebook doesn’t work for you, find an app that is good for you. Set yourself phone reminders, take photographs, do anything that will help you remember what needs doing. When you find that your brain feels like a cloud of fog, it’ll help to know that you have a list of things that need doing.
Confide in a Friend
When things get overwhelming, tell a friend that you’re struggling to focus. They might be able to talk you through the task or even do it with you. Sometimes a small task like cooking dinner can seem impossible but with someone on hand to help out if you lose concentration, things will be a lot easier.
Everyone knows that it’s easier to concentrate when you’ve got enough sleep. Sometimes mental illness can take over and mean that sleep just isn’t something that you have control of but getting into a night routine can really help. Even if you struggle to sleep, just resting or lying down will help you recuperate for the following day and might mean that your memory and concentration aren’t so bad.
Show Yourself Some Love
Mental illness can make you feel like you can’t accomplish anything and the simplest of tasks seem mountainous but it’s okay! So you’ve locked yourself out of the house? That’s okay. Be kind to yourself.