Tips to overcome brain fog

Are you struggling and need tips to overcome brain fog? Brain fog feels like you are in a fog or haze and it feels hard to focus.  2013 was the beginning of a very difficult time for me. I began reliving the memories of abuse I had experienced growing up. It felt like my whole world had flipped upside down. Many things and beliefs that I held dear no longer seemed to matter. Everyday life for me was survival mode, as though I was walking through a dark cave and felt so needy. A life of being abused by family, rejected by mom, and her death at an early age had left me feeling vulnerable. I had always thought I was strong but I wasn’t sure who I was. Desperately, trying to hold on to my sanity while I processed my past. (excerpt of my book, uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life)

Writing down my thoughts helped me. During this time, I was thankful for a dear friend who believed in me and helped me through it. To have someone who came in, grabbed my hand, and stuck by my side was true friendship.

Not alone

Four years later, I felt like I was waking up; more confident about who I was and what I believed. Your story may look different than mine, but it is no less painful. As a professional organizer, I was amazed to see how so many women were living in difficult situations. They would call me to help with their external clutter but would open their hearts to me. It helped me to know that I wasn’t alone in my struggles.

2020 and we are facing a pandemic that has altered so many aspects of our lives. There is a new term called the COVID brain. The way it was explained to me is that we are trying to live a normal life through the lens of stress. This makes it difficult to focus and can cause feelings of stress.

Here are few tips to overcome brain fog

  • Have a trusted friend to talk to and help you set goals
  • Journal your thoughts, be sure to add the positive
  • As tempting as it is to eat sweets, focus on eating better and drinking plenty of water
  • Exercise, it can be as simple as turning on your favorite music and get moving
  • Engage in a project or hobby to focus on
  • Find something to make you laugh
  • If you are in a dark place, seek professional help

When things knock you down, let others help you up. It is friends who display real beauty in the lives of others. Don’t give up, keep walking forward. It will get better. I had coffee with my friend the other day and she said, “You are not the same person you were when I first met you, you are more confident”. I replied, “It feels like I have finally come out of brain fog and life is feeling good”.

If there are things you would like to accomplish and work past the brain fog, contact me. Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Life Coach, Author


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