3 Steps to Combatting Brain Fog

I am constantly battling a foggy brain. Running two businesses, working from home with a homeschool kid, and trying to be boss in all that I do means that I have a lot going on in my brain at any given time, making brain fog is a constant battle.

How do you continually expand what you do, while at the same time focusing in and being mindful of your one action at a time?

Well, I'm on a daily road to figure that out. I'm not 100% fog-free, but I certainly manage pretty well.

Here's how I defog to help me get things done:

1 - I write it all down.

If I'm feeling really fuzzy it's often because I have too much stuff bumping around in my brain. I'm trying to do the dishes, but I'm thinking about that email I need to write, that edit that just came in from a client, and what's for dinner. It's a mess.

To combat this, I put pen to paper.

I write down everything that needs to get done, from tasks for myself to things that need to be delegated. Once I don't have to worry about remembering it, my brain's freed up to focus on the task at hand.

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2 - I wind down.

The more I hop from one task to the other, the more jumbled my brain gets. When I can pause between tasks, or especially between sections in my day, the easier it is for me to switch gears from work to mom, or from entertaining to sleeping.

Sometimes wind down time is a game of Two Dots on my phone, or taking a moment to read a book.

It's a bit of alone time between activities to decompress from whatever I was just doing, and prepare myself for what's to come. It makes a world of difference.

3 - I don't eat gluten.

And I probably should ditch sugar, too. But, chocolate.

After I did a Whole30 or two I became painfully aware of how my diet was affecting my brain, and I realized that gluten was killing my ability to focus (and causing serious inflammation, too). Now my family and I are 95% gluten-free, and focus on going whole months at a time without eating any.

I've found that gluten certainly affects my brain's ability to focus, and once you feel the difference, it will be hard to go back.

Identify the things in your life that are muddying up your brain and begin scratching them out.

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