Happy December, beauties!
Wow, I know. It has been a looooong time since I’ve blogged. I’m a little ashamed that I’ve set aside my passion aside, and I know school + work are not great excuses… BUT I have to say, I wasn’t ready to simply batch out blogs with content I wasn’t proud of. So while I was successful at tackling schoolwork, I did not have the mental space for blogging. My brain felt fogged…
So I researched and found out that brain/mind fog IS A THING. Phew! I was starting to feel a tad bit discouraged there.
I’ll start by explaining what exactly brain fog is. Based on an accumulation of sources, it is basically this:
having too many tabs open.
Yeah, I’m all for being an overachiever, but sometimes, it’s just not recommended to have all of those tabs open. In addition to strange memory lapse, impaired concentration, mental fatigue, etc… your brain is literally feeling clouded and fogged. Lack of sleep and stress can do just that.
Here are some of the ways I decided to alleviate the problem:
Taking a Mental Health Day
This doesn’t have to be grandiose. You can simply take any day off to do whatever you want to get rid of all those tabs. Seriously, compartmentalizing everything is a huge chore, and you shouldn’t have to impose that upon yourself.
Oils, oils, OILS
I’m big on setting an ambiance, so I always make sure to have an assortment of oils readily available. My favorite involves anything citrus-y, and for relaxing/sleeping, I love lavender and tea tree. Lemongrass adds a spike to it too!
On Thanksgiving day, I started my day off with a hot yoga sesh and IT CHANGED MY LIFE. I know yoga is one of those overly recommended tips, like DUH Shazie, we get it… but really though – yoga is more than just a physical workout. I mean, yeah half the time I’m hoping not to fall out of my tree pose or half split, but just like any other workout, it is all MENTAL. Your mind holds the console to this game, so it’s vital to take care of yourself.
Spice up your diet
Stress often causes stress-eating aka a higher risk of sugar consumption. I found that once I made some changes to my diet (i.e. avocados, nuts, fish), my brain was way better functioning. I wouldn’t suggest changing up your diet 100%, but implementing baby changes helped me out personally. I’ve taken out red meat out of my diet and have been incorporating more seafood. This change took about a year to fully take effect. I’m still working on dairy, but you know – cheese is life so check back with me next year on that 😉
Do something fun
Who else is guilty of prioritizing deadlines over fun? While I know that’s probably the more reasonable option, take the time to have fun. Your mind will thank you later, trust me. Just last Sunday, I spent the morning at the Boston Public Market, stumbled upon Boston Winter down at City Hall, tried out some pastries at North End, and checked out holiday lights at Fanueil Hall! While that wasn’t all planned, I felt recharged after.
Bottomline, try not to multitask, minimize tabs, and take care of yourself 100%. The way your body is a temple, your mind is too 🙂 Has anyone else ever experienced some kind of brain fog? What do you usually do to combat this issue? Share away down below xx