In collaboration with Fresh toast
The coronavirus pandemic has felt eternal, but in the grand scheme of things, it has advanced quite rapidly. There are more and more people vaccinated and we are approaching the day when things will return to normal. Still, the world has changed and we are expected to feel emotionally exhausted without knowing the exact source.
Brain fog is hard to define, but it encapsulates that feeling of tiredness and lack of productivity and energy. Basically quarantine brain. Brain fog is not a mental condition, but it is caused by things like lack of sleep, stress and chaos, things we have filled over the last year.
Here are 5 ways to deal with brain fog:
Create space for pauses
When most of the time is spent at home, it is common to end the workday at 7 p.m. Sometimes, it’s not hours spent doing what you’re supposed to do, but working, spending time on social media, having fun, and getting back to work.
Do your best to break this cycle and create space for breaks. These may include preparing a meal, going for a walk, running, or reading something off the computer. Intentional breaks stimulate the mind and improve mood. They will help you get rid of brain fog and get back to work with a more creative and purposeful approach.
Socializing in difficulties varies from person to person. For some, it’s easy, while for others, it’s exhausting, forcing them to make an effort to hang out with friends and loved ones. When we experience brain fog, it is very important to see other people and talk about them, having a much needed perspective. Add yourself slowly to the process, especially if you’ve spent the last year alone, but make it a priority.
Staying active not only breaks the monotony of the day, but also helps you have some structure. Try to do your best to be active at least once a day, whether it means taking a short walk around the neighborhood until you lie down on your yoga mat.
Be positive with yourself
We tend to talk a lot to ourselves. It is a very harmful and difficult habit to eliminate. Do your best to have some compassion for yourself, reminding yourself that it’s okay to go through a period of adjustment when strange circumstances happen. Which has basically been all this year.
Focus on your routine
The pandemic has forced us to redo and rebuild our routines over and over again. Brain fog is a sign that you need to get back to work on your routine, changing it in a fresh and invigorating way. Incorporate activities that make you happy in your day to day, walking instead of commuting or taking advantage of the extra time in the mornings to do something that makes you feel happy and relaxed.
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