Mental fog is often described as a “cloudy-headed” feeling. Common conditions of brain fog include poor memory, difficulty focusing or concentrating, and struggling with articulation. Imagine if you could concentrate your brain power into one bright beam and focus it like a laser on whatever you wish to accomplish. Many people struggle to concentrate. And when you can’t concentrate, everything you do is harder and takes longer than you’d like.
Give up the clutter: Mess creates stress. There’s a strong link between your physical space and your mental space. Clutter is bad for your mind and health. It can create long-term, low-level anxiety. We are all looking for ways to create more meaningful lives with less to distract us. Get rid of clutter at your office, on your desk, in your room, and you will send a clear message of calm directly to your brain. Start decluttering today in small, focused bursts. You’re not going to clean up your entire space in a day, so start small to make it a daily habit that sticks. Set yourself up for success by making a plan and targeting specific areas you’re going to declutter, clean up, and organize over a prolonged period of time.
Multi-tasking doesn’t work: The ability to multi-task is a false badge of honour. Task switching has a severe cost. Your concentration suffers when you multitask. It compromises how much actual time you spend doing productive work, because you’re continually unloading and reloading the hippocampus/short term memory. Research shows that tasks switching actually burns more calories and fatigues your brain – reducing your overall capacity for productive thought and work. Commit to completing one task at a time. Remove potential distractions (like silencing your mobile, turning off email alerts) before you start deep work to avoid the temptation to switch between tasks.
Stop feeding your comfort: Comfort provides a state of mental security. When you’re comfortable and life is good, your brain can release chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which lead to happy feelings. But in the long-term, comfort is bad for your brain. Without mental stimulation dendrites, connections between brain neurons that keep information flowing, shrink or disappear altogether. An active life increases dendrite networks and also increases the brain’s regenerating capacity, known as plasticity. Seeking new experiences, learning new skills, and opening the door to new ideas inspire us and educate us in a way improves mental clarity.
Don’t sit still: Sitting still all day, every day, is dangerous. Love it or hate it, physical activity can have potent effects on your brain and mood. The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. Its needs to be exercised for better performance. Research shows that moving your body can improve your cognitive function. 30–45 minutes of brisk walking, three times a week, can help fend off the mental wear and tear. What you do with your body impinges on your mental faculties. Find something you enjoy, then get up and do it. And most importantly, make it a habit.