As the workforce grows more sedentary, and the tasks at hand call for greater focus and concentration, many people experience brain fog and tiredness of mind. Information gets harder to grasp as the day grinds on while we feel as though our mental capacities are running out of fuel. Daydreaming, nodding off and gross errors can result from this condition. The good news is that this need not be a permanent state of affairs. Brain activity ebbs and flows based on the stimuli it receives and the nutrition it might lack. Therefore, they can be tweaked for greater mental clarity.
All too often, we see ourselves as subject to worldly forces rather than being those forces ourselves. To believe that an employer is a master—omnipotent over the lives of the laborers—reduces, of course, the employee to slave status. Over time, a slave is conditioned to obey orders, make no trouble and avoid initiative. Sure, the worker is resentful and yearns to be free. Yet what freedom looks like is hazy and nondescript. Only when an employee understands that the boss is a customer, i.e. buying labor as a service, can the worker assert his or her intellect and perform optimally.
To approach any relationship without a bottom line in mind (or heart) is to invite disorder in the mind. When an employee (or vendor, or business partner, or mate) has clarity as to what he brings to a relationship and what she expects, anxiety is evicted and disappointment is short-lived, at worst. Forbes magazine stresses the need to know the objective and prepare for opposition. We can not anticipate every push-back but we can most certainly envision our direction. Fear does not constantly plague the mind that stays focused on goals and responds quickly to challenges. Without fear, the mind works amazingly well.
Though it might be fairly obvious, it bears explicit argument: a poor night's sleep is a culprit in dull thinking and mental lassitude. In addition, reflexes are slower and alertness suffers. Sometimes, the inability to rest well is due to the unnecessary trepidation noted above. At other times, it relates to poor eating or obesity. Of course, there are circumstantial reasons that induce plain old stress. Whatever the root cause, the consequence is a listless thought process and sloppy comprehension, degrading work, family time, and social lives.
A 2009 Harvard University study likened 2 days of sleep deprivation to inebriation as defined by most state motor vehicle laws. Senses, the study argues, are degraded to that degree. Worse, inadequate sleep over time is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The study recommends exercise early in the day and restricting use of the bed for sleeping and sex, for starters. Some sufferers may require the services of a sleep specialist.
The Harvard research also implicates bad nutritional choices in sleep disruption. Moreover, those selections impact critical intellectual skills regardless of sleep patterns. For example, low carbohydrate—particularly ketogenic—diets are long credited with reducing the occurrences of seizures among epileptics. Beyond that, more recent research indicates that such eating plans help alleviate depression, anxiety and degeneration associated with aging. Keto meal delivery may well be a first step to improved mental clarity overall.
Clearly (pardon the pun!), mental agility and analytical capacity stem from a whole host of factors. Nevertheless, those whose brains feel exhausted and unable to focus; whose minds are burdened by stressors that will not go away; and whose decision-making seems adrift can change things in their lives. In so doing—whether the change is psychological, nutritional or sleep-related—they inch themselves closer to optimal performance.