Have you ever experienced brain fog?

You know, when you feel cloudy-headed and can’t get your thoughts together? When remembering what you were doing 5 minutes before is nearly too much to ask for?

 

In short, when you can’t keep a focused mind. (Not ideal when you’re a leader who aspires to lead by example)

 

In real, mental fog could be an unintended consequence of a poor work-life balance. If you struggle to keep a focused mind, stress might be the first thing to look at: 1 US adult worker out of 3 feel they’re overworked.

But not only. If you’re ready to reverse the process and keep a focused mind, taking the right life habits matter as much, if not more!

Sleeping enough is calling the obvious. A healthy diet made of rich food can give astonishing results (check those 9 brain foods that will improve your focus and concentration). Taking regular breaks in nature is another way to replenish your brain. What about playing to help you relax?

At work, the one thing you can do now is to revisit your relationship with distractions. And let’s face it, distraction = being addicted to your smartphone. Cal Newport, the author of Deep Work says:

“Efforts to deepen your focus will struggle if you don’t simultaneously wean your mind from a dependence on distraction. Much in the same way that athletes must take care of their bodies outside of their training sessions, you’ll struggle to achieve the deepest levels of concentration if you spend the rest of your life fleeing the slightest hint of boredom”

 

When you structure the madness and focus better energy, mental clarity and concentration follow. And it doesn’t take much more than common sense and simple routines!

 

If you ever wished you could keep a focused mind and perform throughout your day, then this infographics is for you.

 

Mental Clarity Infographic

 

Resources

Eat Breakfast: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/17/healthy-breakfasts-fuel-better-school-results-says-study

Clean up your desk: https://blog.innerdrive.co.uk/how-to-improve-concentration

Drink Some Water: https://medium.com/bsxtechnologies/4-ways-dehydration-affects-your-brain-e4042a6cb6b1

Kill smartphone distraction: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-your-smartphone-could-be-ruining-your-career-2017-03-31

Exercise at lunch: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/3793791/Going-to-the-gym-in-a-lunch-break-makes-you-work-better.html

Sit tall: https://www.bustle.com/p/11-surprising-side-effects-of-bad-posture-that-go-beyond-appearance-50002

Meditate: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797612459659

 

 

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