Studying in an environment that is comfortable is a crucial factor when you are putting your brain to work. A comfortable environment makes it easier to focus and put your all into the studying that you need to get done. If you are struggling to find a way to make your study space more pleasant and settling, consider trying some of our top tips.
Avoid Any Distractions
This is an obvious but very important thing to do when you are creating a space where it is easy to focus. Distractions can be anything from your smartphone, the TV, friends, family, even your own thoughts. You don't need to be too excessive, simply consider switching any technology off and politely letting other people know you need some quiet time to focus on studying. If you find your mind wanders a lot when you are trying to concentrate, learn how to improve your focus through the linked tips.
Invest In A Good Desk
If you are studying from home in your room or office, using a good desk with useful features that will help you will make a difference to your study time. Seating that is comfortable, but sturdy and structured enough to get you in the zone for working is worth investing in. Pick a chair that is fitting for the height of the table you are using to avoid any discomfort that might distract you from studying, overall supporting your ability to focus. Desks that have ample storage space and compartments are also fantastic for keeping everything together neatly in one place.
Study In Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is best for studying whenever possible. Just a few reasons why natural lighting is much better to study include maintaining healthy eyesight, keeping your mind attentive, and preventing the feeling that you are becoming tired, as dim lighting hinders the memory and learning abilities.
Add Bright Colors
Colors with bright highlights usually create calm and happy vibes, creating a more relaxed mood instantly. Opt for some neutral colors or bright pastel shades like yellow if you are decorating your workspace, as colors like this are more likely to stimulate your brain according to psychological studies.
Set Positive Goals
Your mindset affects your study space just as much as the environment you are creating. Keep yourself motivated with positive thoughts and set some positive goals that you would like to achieve once you have completed your studying session before you sit down to start focusing on your subject. You can also surround your study space with positive pictures of things that make you happy or quotes that inspire you to help you stay in a confident mindset.
If you are still having a hard time focusing and feeling comfortable in your study space, don't be afraid to try switching things up. Sometimes creating the perfect space for you can take a couple of attempts, so don't worry if you need to try a few different things to be happy with the environment you are in.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist