Brain fog? Here are 5 ways to deal with it
The coronavirus pandemic felt like forever, but on a grand scale it has moved forward pretty quickly. More and more people are getting vaccinated and we are nearing the day when things will go back to normal. Even so, the world has changed and we are expected to feel emotionally drained without knowing the exact source.
Brain fog is hard to define, but it embodies that feeling of fatigue and lack of productivity and energy. Quarantine brain basically. Brain fog is not a mental condition; it is caused by things like lack of sleep, stress, and chaos – things we got fed up with for the last year.
Here are 5 ways to deal with brain fog:
Make the space for breaks
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If you spend most of your time at home, it is common to end your work day at 7 p.m. Sometimes these hours aren’t focused on doing what you’re supposed to be doing, but rather on working, spending time on social media, getting distracted, and then back to work.
Do your best to break this cycle and make room for breaks. This could include preparing lunch, going for a walk, running, or reading something outside of your computer. Deliberate breaks will stimulate your mind and improve your mood. They will help you get rid of brain fog and get back to work more creatively and purposefully.
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Socializing is difficult depending on the person. For some, it’s easy, while for others, it’s exhausting and struggles to hang out with friends and loved ones. When you experience brain fog it is very important to see and talk to other people for a much needed perspective. Slowly ease yourself into the process, especially if you’ve spent the past year alone, but make it a priority.
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Staying active not only breaks the monotony of your day, but also gives you some structure. Try your best to be active at least once a day, whether you want to take a quick walk around the neighborhood or stretch yourself in your yoga mat.
Be positive with yourself
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We tend to talk to ourselves a lot. It is a bad habit that is very harmful and difficult to shake off. Try your best to have some compassion for yourself and remind yourself that it is okay to go through an adjustment period when you are going through strange circumstances. Which is basically what has been all year.
Focus on your routine
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The pandemic has forced us to constantly revise and rebuild our routines. Brain fog is a sign that you should be back on your routine and upshifting it in a way that feels fresh and invigorating. Incorporate activities that make you happy in your daily life, take walks instead of commuting, or use the extra time in the morning to do something that makes you happy and relaxed.