I’ve been lost in a fog. In a mental fog that is.
Mental fog feels like exhaustion. It feels like you are in survival mode just trying to keep your head above water. Like physical fog, it is difficult to see too far into the future. So planning is impossible. There is no way to see other opportunities or even just look at situations from a different vantage point. Its hard enough to just put one foot in front of the other.
Mental fog is not pretty my friends. Have you experienced it? Or perhaps you are going through it right now.
What causes mental fog? Gosh, so many things…
…saying yes to things we actually should say no to
…putting everyone else first
…having way too much on our to do list
…lack of sleep
…toxic & triggering situations
I could go on.
But it doesn’t really matter what causes a mental fog. What is really important is how to get through it. And having just come through my own mental fog, I can share with you first hand what helped me. So here are my tips for getting through your fog and back to clarity.
- Prioritise sleep. You need to sleep longer than usual because your body needs to rebuild its energy stores. First and foremost, take care of your physical body.
- Cut back all commitments to just the bare minimum. And when I say bare minimum, I mean only the things that put the roof over your head and food in your fridge. Don’t worry about letting people down. You can pay them back when you are in the clear.
- Be patient with yourself. Don’t force yourself through the fog. It’s more of a surrender and release scenario. So be patient. Don’t expect your motivation and enthusiasm levels to bounce back straight away. Give yourself a break.
- Dial up the self-care. I took myself to a massage and it was the best thing. And I have two kids, so I know it can be hard to squeeze in self-time. But when you are in fog mode, it’s critical. If mum doesn’t work, the family doesn’t work.
- Sleep. Did I mention sleep?
- Ask for help. Reach out to others. I’m sure that you are the person that people come to with their problems. It’s time that you let them be your support.
This list is by no means exhaustive. It is just what I found to really help me. I think we tend to overcomplicate things so sometimes it’s best to just have a few things to focus on, especially when you are feeling lost in a fog.
Over to you, I’d love to hear what has helped you to get out of a fog. And if you are in a fog, what would be one tip that you could implement now to really make a difference?