- Robert Merki
Feeling sluggish today? Can't get started on your work? It might be brainfog.
Personally, I suffer from brainfog a few times per month. Sometimes I can jolt myself out of it, sometimes not.
When I can, these are the 4 methods I always try.
1) Emotional Jolt (phone a friend)
This one seems silly, but it's very effective: phone a friend.
Open your phone and call someone. Not Zoom, not Facetime, not WhatsApp. Don't send a text.
Actually call someone. It could even be your grandmother, your dad, or an uncle. Just get on the phone and ask them how their day was. They'll probably be happy to here from you.
It works even better if this is someone you haven't spoken to in a while.
For some reason, catching up with someone I haven't spoken to in a while always give me a dopamine rush. Afterwards, there's a high chance my brain starts working again.
2) Go for a Jog
Yep, I know you've heard this one before. It does work though.
Put your shoes on and go for a run. If you end up walking, that's fine. Just get your heart rate up and go outside. If this doesn't fix your brainfog, at least you'll get some exercise.
3) Do Something Else
If you're still not able to get to work, try something else. Go do the laundry, cook dinner, or clean your car. These might not be fun, but they're better than sitting there in front of your monitor being unable to work.
If you're at your job, try selecting a different task. It's not always possible at work, but it's worth a shot.
4) Go Somewhere Else
Finally, if you're STILL unable to get started on your work, try moving locations. Go to a different room or even outside if possible.
This one is honestly my last resort. If moving locations doesn't help me get started, I usually know the day is not going to get any better.
When that happens, I just give up and go relax. It's not always possible, but I know that a relaxing rest of the day is much better in the long run than continuing to bash my head against my desk.