Our brains love patterns, and often, shifts in our everyday routine can affect how we function. In the post-pandemic world, people had to adjust to the new norms of work life, and, as a result, were unable to shut off their brains after working hours. Having little to no sleep, and constantly being on call has led to the phenomenon of Brain Fog.
“Brain fog is a state of diminished mental capacity, causing a person to be mentally and physically exhausted, leading to lapses in judgment.”*
The human brain can reach a state of brain fog after being overloaded, yet people have been feeling guilty for not doing more in the past couple of years. The unavoidable fact is that our responsibilities remain consistent despite whatever else may be happening in our lives. The other fact also remains true, that brain fog can make most human tasks much harder to complete. This is where we need to address the lengths of mental exhaustion and establish ways to work on our health.
Here are three ways you can overcome the effects of brain fog.
1. Changing your everyday routine.
While it is easier said than done, it is vital to address what is the cause of your brain fog. The most common reason for brain fog is a lack of sleep. Make sure that you are making sleep a priority where you can. Start by not answering work calls after 6 PM, and allow your brain to rest from the day’s antics.
2. Set up CLEAR boundaries.
Establish boundaries with the people around you, and even with yourself. Being stuck in such an unpredictable and fast-paced economy can make you feel like not enough is getting done in your everyday life. Ensure you are speaking to the people around you — your family, work colleagues, or managers — and let them understand the stress you are facing.
3. Treat yourself!
Why not also indulge in some delicious food that you’re craving? Whether it’s the sushi you had a couple of months ago or a small snack you can grab on the go. A healthy intake of food will aid in a clearer mind and impact your mental health positively.
Becoming self-aware of the fact that you may not be doing your best will help you pinpoint your stressors, and it is usually a result of brain fog. Although brain fog remains a worldwide phenomenon, do not ignore the warning signs. If you are feeling severely unmotivated and unable to complete mundane tasks, it may be burnout instead, and you should ask for help where you can.
Ultimately, the brain fog will clear up, and once you are back to establishing a routine that works for you, you will be in a much healthier state of mind.
*Cited from the Merriam-Webster dictionary