Especially helpful for all of us going into this new college semester!
This one is for all of us in our early twenties, gonna be hard to actually put into practice these strategies because of the peer pressures we have at this time in our lives but honestly if you can string together the confidence to pull it off, you will be thinking with the utmost clarity.
Seems pretty good, right? Yes, it does come with a price because it is not easy at all, to start off at least.
But once you are a few weeks into practicing the strategy you will start to understand why you are doing it and it won't be nearly as hard anymore.
If you aren't thinking at the top of your game, then you are going to struggle to make decisions in your day to day life, leading to a lack of action towards your goals and ultimately not reaching your goals.
Plus, you really don't know what you are missing until you put this to practice and feel how you could have been seeing things and thinking all along.
Interested yet? Good.
And as always, thanks for popping out to the 24/7 mind trainings on the blog today! MMNTM (/mo-men-tum/) is the first of it's kind... a gym for your mind! Everything from daily training on the blog (www.yourmmntm.com/blog) to workouts and more for your mental clarity, mindset and happiness.
Now back to the scheduled programing :)
What is Brain Fog and What Causes It?
You probably don't even realize you have it.
Brain fog is essentially when you are not thinking at, or making decisions at, optimal levels because of slight confusion in your brain or even a "foggy or hazy" feeling.
The thing is, you really might not even realize you are experiencing brain fog because you just assume that is how you are supposed to think and everyone feels that way.
Well, the truth is we all have had or still have a little brain fog in our day to day lives whether we realize it or not and the only real way to get rid of it is to start cutting out the activities and other things that cause it, which I will get into here next.
So, what exactly causes this so called "brain fog?"
Many factors can lead to it but the things that I found impacted mine the most included everything from my sleep to alcohol consumption and even having too much sugar in my diet.
Yes, I knoiw this is not at all what we want to hear as college kids bvecause we are constantly struggling to even get close to enough sleep, have a million parties thrown our way to go to every weekend and "need" that sugaer to get through our days.
Stick with me here and I will explain why this is worth your while to start cutting these things wayyyy down.
What Does Brain Fog Impact?
Test results, work quality, pretty much anything you can think of.
Essentially, brain fog impacts everything from how well we make decisions to how well we can solve problems in our daily lives and even our stress levels.
Let me put it in perspective of us in our early twenties because "our decision making and mental clarity" is a little vague.
When you are experiencing brain fog, you are not going to be able to think through problems on tests or at work effectively, you are going to struggle to figure out what to say in essays, you are going to experience "decision fatigue" much faster meaning you are not going to be able to make the best decisions as the day goes on and so much more.
Plus, all of this leads to your productivity going way down and then your stress levels shooting through the roof because you are stressed about not getting anything done.
Pretty much a lose-lose situation no matter how you look at having brain fog.
How to Combat Brain Fog
Simple, yet effective if you are patient.
I know I explained that these are probably the hardest things to cut out or improve at this time in our lives but hear me out, it is well worth it. Just give it a few weeks try and you will know what I am talking about as you will be thinking better and just feeling better overall.
First, cut out as much sugar and processed foods as possible from your diet. I know this can be a little harder on a college budget but you can at least cut out sugar because you really don't need that and then cut way down (or as much as possible) on processed foods.
Next, start drinking more water. No excuses on this one it is easy and free.
And maybe the hardest one yet now, cut out alcohol. Yes, I did just say that and I am sorry but it is essential if you want to start thinking on the next level.
People won't care as much as you think they will when you stop drinking and it is not as bad being sober as it sounds for a few weeks, let your mind experience what it is like to start thinking and feeling 10x better.
Finally, start getting more sleep. I know this is asking a lot but if you actually cut out alcohol you won't have to be up as late partying so it will be a little easier!
Sleep is hard to come by in college but if you really manage your time well and cut back on the distracting bulls*t that is social media, everyday you will be able to easily find 8 hours to sleep.
I know that cutting these things out for a few weeks to start seems like the end of the world, especially if you live to party on the weekends, but it is not and you will see why after the first few weeks/ month.
How This is Going To Help You Gain The Mental Edge
Take your thinking to new levels you never knew existed.
So, why is cutting out all of these things from our lives going to be worth it? Here is why your sober few months (hopefully) will be worth it ;)
You are going to start thinking on higher levels with the utmost clarity.
What does that mean? You are going to be able to think through problems easier without struggling to find solutions as much. You are going to be able to start thinking outside the box and finding new solutions to problems. You are going to remember more for tests and be able to think through problems better in order to come to the conclusion of the right answer.
This also will help benefit your relationships as well though, not just in school and work. You will be able to be more present with your friends and care about what they are saying more compared to if you wouldn't to have brain fog and struggle to pay attention at all because your mind is in the clouds.
When you start thinking and making decisons on this new level, you are going to make better decisions and make them faster, which leads to more action towards your goals.
And do you know what that means? More opportunities in your life.
Oh, and if you are a gambling man, this puts the odds of "success" in your favor (whatever your definition of success may be).
Brain Fog "Workout"
A quick training you can do every night to make sure you are thinking on your highest level.
If you are new here, this part of the blog is known as the "workout" (sticking with the gym theme here) and it is where I show you how to actually take action and put the techniques to use, that will help clear your brain fog, in a simple and fun way.
For this workout I am not going to include the things to cut out that I already talked about because those are pretty self explanatory just cut sugar and alcohol all the way back or way back, drink more water and get more sleep.
Here is what to add on top of these things to get rid of brain fog. Plus I made these free for us college kids because I know we don't have a ton of money to drop to get rid of brain fog. Now you really don't have an excuse to not try it at least.
Exercise #1: Meditate (guided one on YouTube (FREE))
Reps: 1-2x per day
Duration: 15-30 minutes oper session
Why?: Meditation releases all those unneeded thoughts from your mind and allows you to live more in the present rather than constantly stressing aboiut the future or regretting the past. Learn to let go and surrender to the experience in meditation and your thinking will start leveling up faster than you can imagine.
Exercise #2: Technology free walk
Reps: 1x per day
Duration: 30 minutes
Why?: Leave the phone and smnart watch at home, yes that means no music, and fully embrace the nature or environment that is around you. Whe. you start to engage in the present more, you release stress which in turn reduces brain fog. Let you mind wander, it can be like a drug sometimes.
Exercise #3: Cold Shower
Reps: 1x per day (morning)
Duration: 3-5 minutes
Why?: Cold exposure helps us all release stress, inflammation and so much more in our bodies. It has helped me clear up my thinking so much because when you are in the shower you are thinking about nothing but the cold and then your thoughts seem to organize themselves better when you let go of them for those few minutes.
And we out, thanks for stopping by the blog again at yourmmntm.com/blog I really appreciate all of the support!
Have a great rest of your night,
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