Feeling brain fog?
Brain Fog: Why You Have It
Does this situation sound familiar? You’re in the middle of an assignment or a conversation when, suddenly, your brain seems to short-circuit. Maybe you forget a word or you totally space out. Instead of feeling sharp, you feel like you’re walking through jello. You lose concentration, and the world seems like it’s moving faster than you can keep up with.
What is brain fog?
If you’ve experienced an instance like this, you might be dealing with brain fog.
Put simply, brain fog is a term to describe mental fatigue. It can be caused by a variety of symptoms. And, depending on how severe it is, it can impact your performance at work or school. Brain fog is undeniably frustrating: you know you can do exceptional work, but having no mental clarity can feel like running in slow motion. On top of that, getting flustered can aggravate the symptoms, thus repeating the cycle.
Before we dive into details, it’s important to note that “brain fog” isn’t an official medical term, nor is there a test or measurement for it. Rather, it’s a loose term used to describe chronic mental fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and cognitive dysfunction. It is not a disease, but rather a reaction to specific circumstances (which we’ll explore later).
Okay, that was a lot of information (which I hope you found valuable.) Now you might be thinking: Where do I start? Whenever I’m faced with a chronic problem, I always try to understand the whole situation before obsessing over particulars. In the case of brain fog, you’ll want to identify its root cause before addressing things like changing your diet. For instance, it won’t matter how many leafy greens you eat if you’re only sleeping four hours each night or taking on more work than you can handle.
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Mastering the Art of Apprenticeships
What do Benjamin Franklin, Michelle Obama, Charles Darwin, and Sheryl Sandberg have in common? It’s something critical to the formula for success, but it’s also something that each and every person has the opportunity to obtain: a mentor.
Why you need a mentor
We have this cultural myth that it’s “cool” to be 100% self-made, that we should bootstrap our way to money and fame. This idea of achieving success alone is attractive, but that’s the thing: it’s just an idea. As I mentioned earlier, some of the most respected men and women throughout history benefitted from a mentorship in one way or another.
Mentorship isn’t about blind submission. It’s about getting the inside view and fusing soft skills with hard skills. School is valuable, don’t get me wrong. But classrooms and textbooks pale in comparison to the value of having access to exclusive information from someone that’s been in your shoes (and now has the shoes that you want.)
If you’re short on cash or under pressure to find a job, your natural impulse probably isn’t offering to solve problems for free. However, approaching your superior with the mentality that they owe you something almost always backfires. The solution, then, is to put yourself in your would-be mentor’s shoes, figure out a way to add value to his or her life, and put your offer on the table without a price tag.
Monday Shower Thoughts
- Musical chairs falls under the battle royale category.
- Near the end of a Monopoly game it is actually good to be in the prison.
- If aliens came to earth they would probably know a lot more about humanity than the average human does.
- If you drive a car and live in a home you’re in the top 4% globally.
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