Have you ever had one of those days that even after you’ve had a good night’s sleep, you still just seem to be in a brain fog all day long? Even your caffeine fix of choice can’t help it and taking a nap only gives you a sleep hangover, making it worse not better. I think that happens to all of us from time to time and it can be frustrating when it’s on a day you really needed to have a clear head. These 10 steps to clarity should help avoid those days and get you back into focus in no time.
1. Check in with your body and see what else it might need. Sometimes a Complex B vitamin supplement, eating a light meal or drinking a couple of glasses of water might help get your brain working better. If you are dehydrated, low on important nutrients or hungry, your mind can feel fuzzy.
2. Take a brisk walk or do some jumping jacks to get your blood flowing and oxygenated. It could be that you have been too sedentary and need to get some circulation going.
3. Organize your space. While you might think you work just fine with clutter, the clutter is an actual representation of what is going on inside your mind. When you reduce the outer clutter, it will help the inner clutter become more organized as well.
4. Check your sleep pattern. Even if you got eight hours, if you are not going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, your circadian rhythms might be thrown off. Having a more consist schedule allows for a more consistent mind.
5. Avoid drugs and alcohol. If you are on prescription medication and think that is what might be causing your unclear thinking, check in with your doctor and see if he can switch the prescription. In the meantime, drink plenty of water to keep excess medications flushed out of your system as much as possible. Some medications have risks if you just stop them, so make sure and call your doctor first.
6. Get some fresh air. If your house or office is closed up the dose of fresh air might be just what you need to get some fresh mental energy flowing.
7. Get your worries out. Sometimes your mind can get into a funk if there are a lot of worry thoughts weighing it down. Sit down for at least sixty seconds and write everything you are worried about down on paper or in a document on your computer and set a time when you will pick those worries back up later.
8. Meditate. Meditating even a few minutes a day can strengthen your mind so those unclear days become fewer and further between. Try sitting meditation, creative meditation or walking meditation, whatever works best for you.
9. Do something you’ve been putting off. A lot of times what we are procrastinating about stays lodged in our minds and creates a feeling of having to think through a thick fog. Even if you can’t finish a task you’ve been putting off, get a start on it. That can be enough to feel better.
10. Relax and go with the flow. We all have off days so if you have done everything you can and still feel foggy, give yourself a break. It could be hormones or sometimes even the weather, like high pollen or a low barometric front can have an effect on you. If you are still feeling mentally sluggish after a couple of days, see your doctor to make sure there is nothing going on that needs addressed.
I hope these 10 steps to clarity will help you get your mental focus and energy feeling like a sunny clear day. Remember to challenge your brain often with puzzles or learning something new, meditate, exercise and otherwise take good care of yourself to keep your mind working for you at top performance. If you need further tips, please feel free to contact me at any time.