Feeling lethargic? Constantly forgetting things? Having difficulty focusing at work? Don’t be too alarmed—these symptoms are a likely sign that you’re suffering from brain fog, a very common occurrence for many people. You’re not alone in your clouded mind, and some of the sharpest minds in Silicon Valley have been shrouded in a mist of confusion for certain periods of time. But there are simple and effective solutions to sharpening your brain and staying ahead of the game with a razor sharp focus.
Fresh air and exercise
Pop outside for just a few minutes every few hours or so for a much needed break from your computer screen. Enable your body to stretch and you will benefit from the fresh air, body movements, and a therapeutic dose of sunlight.
Stress is often attributed to technology, but your smartphone can actually deliver a calming meditation session at your office. As little as 10 minutes of meditation will dramatically improve your focus and concentration. Many stressed out executives have plugged into the Headspace meditation app as a fast and convenient way to gain a little calm.
Feed the brain
Poor diet and nutritional deficiencies can have a negative impact on brain functions. Eating a healthier diet boosted by nootropics and reducing junk food will help the brain work faster and smarter. Embracing a Mediterranean diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veggies has been proven to improve the mind.
Make your space yours
Take the time to decorate your desk with things that make you happy—photos of your loved ones, motivational lines, or a few plants. Surrounding yourself with objects that make a space more officially “yours” will keep you motivated and focused, and will make you feel more comfortable. In addition, plants in your general vicinity are known to reduce stress.
Get sufficient high quality sleep
Lack of sleep is a major cause of brain fog but there are numerous ways to improve your sleep quality, including banning technology from the bedroom and establishing a regular bedtime routine. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea an hour before bed will also induce calm and sleepiness as well.
Be kind to your brain
A natural part of the aging process involves loss of memory and the mind losing some of its sharpness. But taking care of our brain will help to delay and possibly even prevent brain degeneration. Try to challenge your mind with a new hobby like woodworking, crossword puzzles, or even a cooking class. Play brain teaser games or just regular old board games every so often to keep your mind sharp and attentive.