Rainy Afternoon, by Sara Barkat
Research has shown that directed attention, like anything else, can get tired out. Directed attention is focused, purposeful attentiveness toward certain things.
Directed attention fatigue …occurs when … that part of the brain which allows us to concentrate in the face of distractions, becomes fatigued. [Signs are] feeling unusually distractible, impatient, forgetful, or cranky … it can lead to bad judgment, apathy, or accidents, and … increased stress levels [and is] caused by concentrating too much in the midst of external or internal distractions.
Attention Restoration Theory (ART) notes that being in nature, and viewing green spaces, allows the brain to unwind, to notice without noticing. This is called involuntary or undirected attention. It “recharges” your memory, reaction time, impulse control, and attention span, as well as lowering stress levels and just generally making you feel better.
Try it! Watch this meditative video. Don’t look for anything in particular. There’s no rush. There’s nothing to “miss.” It’s just a small experience that can brighten your spirits, even on a rainy day.
Going outdoors: A natural antidote for attention fatigue? by Eileen G. Merritt || “An emerging line of research suggests that a short walk in a natural setting may be the best way to restore students’ flagging attention.”