by Lillian Csernica on July 5, 2014
Ever had that feeling that your brain is so much dead coral inside your skull? The official name for this condition is mental fatigue. Studying for finals, doing your taxes, and writing or editing a novel can all cause this condition. How can you irrigate your creative centers and get the flow going again?
1. Get up and move around.
Stretch, take a quick walk, jog around the back yard, or just take some deep breaths and shake out your arms and legs. Get that circulation moving again. If you have a cat or a dog, take fifteen minutes and get the pet toys out.
2. Have a snack.
Something high in vitamins and minerals is good for the brain. Fish, cruciferous vegetables, and whole grains are healthy choices. Keeping the blood sugar stable is important, so you want to avoid sugary snacks.
3. Do something totally different.
When I need some hands-on occupational therapy, I make jewelry. Choosing the colors, picking out the beads, and working with the wire and pliers draw on other parts of my brain. The writing part gets a rest, and I end up with a new pair of earrings. Win/win, right?
Another stress reliever that works for me is coloring. Get out that big box of Crayolas and a coloring book. You can get coloring books for little kids, or you can get some amazing art books. Shoot marbles. Play jacks. Keep some Legos handy (if you don’t already have some for your kids).
5. Give yourself an attitude adjustment.
A big part of brain drain can be how we approach a project. If you think it’s going to be really hard and a total pain to do it, then it will be. If you get yourself cranked up to a high pitch of enthusiasm, it might still be a complex project, but you’ll approach it with a lighter heart and a more open mind.