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5 ways to boost your focus


Words by Ben Earl

Forest bathing (Shinrin-Yoku)

Research has shown that getting out and into the forests can have an improved effect on your stress levels, blood pressure and glucose levels. All this contributes to our overall health and happiness, which makes concentrating on things that bit easier.


Listen to natural sounds

Listening to the sound of the wind through the trees can provide your brain with the stimulation it needs to focus. If that is too hard a thing to come by, download Noisli, a web app which allows you to take sounds from environments such as forests, rivers and beaches that can be mixed together to create your very own harmonious environment.


Micro-breaks (with plants!)

As little as 40 seconds of looking at a green landscape, in real life or a photo, can bring our focus back to normal. Research has shown that taking a break whilst looking at something green can give our focus a ‘soft reset’ and put us back on track. If you want to make the most of your micro-break then take a walk in your nearest green area for 10 minutes.



Rosemary has been linked to memory for hundreds of years and has been used in folk medicine all over the world. Within its aroma are elements that prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters. So a modest amount of daily rosemary-sniffing will keep your brain in shape. Give it a go!

The Forest app

The Forest app on your phone challenges us to redirect our focus – away from your phone. Open the app and you’ll begin growing a tree, swipe away from the app and your tree will die. The aim of the game is to grow a little forest on your screen, but that can only happen when your phone is left untouched, good luck!