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How is brain fog affecting your employees?

Have you or any of your staff ever experienced brain fog in this last year or noticing you’re less focused, less productive and sometimes more forgetful?

This can be because the front part of that brain, the pre-frontal cortex, can simply be overloaded.

Imagine it being like filing cabinet and it can only hold so much!

Brain fog is often described as a cloudy-headed feeling characterised by confusion, forgetfulness, and a lack of focus and mental clarity and it’s all very common just now.

This can be caused by overworking, lack of sleep, stress, and spending too much time on the computer. Some of us are using screens more, whether working on a screen or using more video calling meetings, which can be exhausting when doing too many.

Here are 5 tips to help reduce your Brain fog.

🧠 Remind yourself to take a break – I like to work for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break.  I do this 3 times and take a longer 15 minute break- Each time stepping away from the screen.

🧠 Get enough sleep – try for 7-8 quality hours each night. It might help to establish a bed time routine and wind down, have a bath, read a book, write down what’s in your head in a journal.

🧠 Regular exercise – even just getting outside for a brisk walk and fresh air will help, natural daylight helps produce serotonin in the brain, which helps give you a boost.

🧠 Reduce dependence – try to cut down or avoid alcohol, smoking, and drinking coffee in the afternoon.

🧠 Try some Mindful practices – it’s scientifically proven to clear the mind and help with overthinking. It increases our effectiveness and motivation and helps achieve our goals. Mindfulness allows emotional awareness and control-therefore helps us be more resilient when times get tough.

At direction we are passionate advocates of mindfulness, offering a range of mindful workshops and courses which can be tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of your organisation. They are designed to be fun, informative and engaging, helping your team to develop new skills in an encouraging way, supporting them to change ingrained habits to become happier and more productive employees.

I have recently been delivering 60 to 90 minute bite size session on mindfulness to organisations, ideal to deliver in a lunchtime.  For an informal chat on how this will benefit your organisation please contact enquires@direction.org.uk  or click here for more information.