Got Brain Fog? 7 Self Leadership Techniques for a Clear Mind

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Do you ever find yourself easily distracted? Or find yourself having trouble concentrating?  Forgetting too much?   You might be experiencing brain fog.
Extreme brain fog can be a signal of a medical condition.  If you think that might be true of you – be sure to get the appropriate care from a health professional.

If you have mild to moderate brain fog, however; you might find the following self-leadership tips helpful.

Here are 7 ways for personal leaders to clear away a little brain fog.

1.Keep yourself hydrated.  In studies, dehydration has been shown to impair cognitive performance and mood.  In some studies even a 1% decrease has had a negative effect.

While you are at it, why not make sure your diet is rich in nutrient- dense foods in appropriate amounts too.  All those nutrients help to keep your brain operating at it’s best.     

 2.Try some Brain Gym type exercises:  Exercises to help your left and right brain make a better connection with each other.

A simple one?   Stretch your arms straight out in front of you – thumbs up and fingers tucked in.  Do big circles with your arms remaining out in front of you.  Follow your thumb nails with both eyes.   This is asking your eyes to follow your thumbs through all the visual access areas in addition to you using the logical and creative side of your brain.

3.Simplify and focus on less. Confusion and delay can sign that too much on your plate is too important.  Entertain the idea of simplifying.  When you simplify, you make choices of what is truly meaningful and then focus on that.  Simplifying is also allowing things to fall away – by choice.

Here is a very simple exercise:  Take a blank piece of paper and fold it half and then half again.  Open the paper and you will have  4 quadrants.  Label each quadrant as follows:

  1. Urgent AND important
  2. Important and Non Urgent
  3. Urgent and Non Important
  4. Non Urgent and Non important  

Next under each heading as appropriate list out your mental to-do list, putting the Urgent and Important items under that header, Important and non-urgent under that header and so on.   Afterward  – as a suggestion, why not think about abandoning the non-urgent and non-important items.  They don’t seem to be meaningful to you.   Then focus your energy on what falls into the two categories “What is urgent and important”  and “what is important“.

Look here for some additional ways to focus and simply in your self-leadership.

4.Take on a mental organization practice.  There are many forms of mental practices which clear the fog while giving you a sense of ease.  For example, you could write morning pages – a practice made popular by Julia Cameron in the Artist Way.  You might want to try Mind mapping, writing lists or try some simple mind clearing techniques.

5.Connect with Awareness.  There is a place, in the gap between your thoughts, where awareness of awareness lives. Slow down and allow yourself to be in the aliveness of the gap.  One of the best places I know to allow clarity to come and the fog to dissipate.7 ways to a clear mind

6.Take a time out.  Take a time out to slow down, take a nap, take a walk, listen to some slow-beat music or create a change of place or mind.  Making a change in your current state is one of the most effective ways to revitalize your thinking.  Let go of any practice of over committing yourself.

7.Shut away your committee of internal critics.  A loud and active internal dialogue can create a lot of fogginess.  Choosing to set aside the internal self-talk and have things be quiet in their can create enough space for your heart’s brain to send you a clear message.


Inspire Yourself – 5 Steps to Your Own Personal Leadership Metaphor

Inspire Yourself with NaturePersonal leadership has a lot to do with identifying needs and providing solutions.   When we identify needs for ourselves and others and then provide solutions to those needs.  We lead the way forward.

There are many structures you can use to aid in yourself on your self leadership development plan or path.  A favourite can be to use metaphor as inspiration.

One of my favourite is to use ‘nature’ in a metaphor as a structure for inspiration that you can often review.

Especially useful if you find yourself in an exhaustion cycle; a nature metaphor can reconnect you with something bigger when you are not feeling that way yourself.

  • As an example, here is my own personal nature-based metaphor:
    “I am global wind, a soft gentle breeze, billowing awareness through creative communication so you can first inspire, then exhale – peace.”

In my personal metaphor, the soft gentle breeze describes my gentle nature and delivery. The fact the wind is global reminds me to extend my reach and to remember we are all part of the global ONE – and that awareness is my solution to the illusions of separateness that I see as the pain in this world.

 “Creating my personal nature-based metaphor was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself”

My own metaphor is both representative of my life purpose and a reminder of what is most essential in my life.  It has evolved over the past 10 years – yet it began with just a few simple steps.

The idea is a simple one. It is to creatively combine – elements of who you are, who you wish to be and what you experience, as needed in the world into an inspirational statement that moves you to focused committed action.
If you have the thought ” I want to get this perfect”,  just know – it is a practice that evolves over time – and you don’t need to get things “perfect” right out of the gate. It’s a beginning – and a beginning that can be extremely useful – and – that can evolve over time.
Your statement can be as literal or as deep as you create it – and it can be anything from a simple touch stone or if you are like me, it can be become such an integral part of your life; you can use it as criteria for decision making for your investment of time, money and resources.

My own metaphor still moves me as I repeat it. It moves me, because within it – is the solution to the pain I witness in the world, and also within it – is the essence of me.
 Are you ready to craft a metaphor statement that could be a touch stone for yourself?

Here is how to create your personal leadership metaphor:

  1. Identify a solution or outcome that is desperately needed either in the world or your community. Understanding what has been missing, or the pain you have witnessed is often a good starting point for identifying a solution. It’s more than common that folks can make awareness of pain – a purpose. Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly, has described this awareness of what is missing in the world like a “vacuum” where a real void has been created.
    Often we are each our own best knower of where the vacuum has been – because we have experienced it. And this void often is a wonderful space to in which to place your solution.
  2. Identify an element in nature that inspires you. An element that has the energies of who you wish yourself to be. Whether it is a rock, fire, water, tree, mountain or any other element in nature. Trust your intuition to choose it.
  3. Identify the qualities within that element that inspires you. This is the fun part. Once you have chosen your nature element. Play with the qualities a little – describe them, write them out. For example a mountain may have expansive perspective, a solid grounding, a passion within waiting to burst… you get the idea.
  4. Identify who it is that will benefit from your solution. Is it all of mankind? Is it children? Is it our leaders? Who in your community would benefit?
  5. Identify what they will then be able to do as a result of consuming or learning of your solution. This is what makes it very meaningful.

Then put it all together… the formula goes like this:
I am a _____2_____, Who _______3_________, Who helps _____4_______ to _____1______ so that they may _____5_______.”

Don’t worry about getting it perfect; it will evolve over time.

The idea is to make a connection with the pattern of who you are and what you want to offer the world – and to connect THAT to something bigger in nature and then to bring all that together in service of others.
Creating a personal metaphor statement that reminds you of your own greatness and how you can serve the world can be a way to self-inspire. It doesn’t need to be a nature one …. the real key is it is something that inspires you.

I hope you enjoy creating your own personal metaphor and that you find it as resourceful as I do and as others do.