Five Ways to Clear Brain Fog 😶‍🌫️

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We hope you all found last weeks tactics of dealing with overwhelm useful! If you missed last week, you can catch up here :)

Today, we’re taking look at the phenomenon of ‘brain fog’ and how you can bring more clarity into your days! Let’s dive in.

Recently published data from the Netherlands suggests that among people ages 25 and up, memory and concentration problems have risen by 24% since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This article looks at the cognitive fallout caused by stress, isolation, and the uncertainty of the pandemic, which has led many to experience 'brain fog.' This condition manifests as memory lapses, difficulty in decision-making, and a decline in focus.

Here are some steps you can take to clear the fog away:

  • Watch Less News: Cut down on watching repetitive negative news to ease stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

  • Exercise More: Regular physical activity, especially outdoors, boosts brain function by increasing blood flow and oxygen.

  • Keep in Touch: Staying connected with others helps prevent mental decline associated with being alone.

  • Learn New Things: Picking up new skills or hobbies keeps the brain active and healthy.

  • Be Kind to Yourself: Accept your current mental state and treat yourself with kindness to lessen anxiety and sadness.

TL/DR: This article discusses the impact of stress and isolation on cognitive functions, leading to 'brain fog.' She suggests practical steps for recovery, including controlled media exposure, regular exercise, social interaction, cognitive challenges, and self-compassion to clear the fog and restore mental clarity.

An engaging and fun way to learn new languages. This tool aligns with the idea to challenge your brain with new learning experiences, which can help keep it sharp and clear the fog.

What we love: the gamification and use of streaks (I will do anything to not let my streak die)!

This app provides music engineered to enhance focus, relaxation, and sleep—ideal for improving cognitive functions and combating brain fog!

What we love: Learn all about the science behind their music - it’s incredible!

💡 Challenge of the week

This week, challenge yourself to a "Digital Detox." Each day, allocate specific times to turn off digital devices, especially two hours before bed. Use this time to engage in a physical or social activity—perhaps a walk in a nearby park or a coffee with a friend. Reflect daily on the mental clarity and focus you experience from these breaks.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the ways to clear blog, and how it may be impacting your meetings and productivity. As always, if you have any feedback or questions, please reach out to us!

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