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7/12/2019 11:17:00 AM
Breaking Through A Mental Fog

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker


If you’ve ever been stuck in a mental fog, then you know how hard it can be to break out of it.  But, you still have to, because your success, livelihood, coworkers, business, and family are counting on you…not to mention your own peace of mind! 

What causes the mental fog?  It can come from any number of places, or from a combination of a few different ones: illness, exhaustion, stress, anger, frustration, relationship difficulties, changes in life, or challenges at work.  One of those, alone, can be enough to send some people into a tailspin or into a mental place of what I call a “walking coma”. 

We’ve all met people like this: the lights are on, but nobody’s home at the moment.  They just seem to be walking around in a daze of sorts.  Sure, they function in public like most other people, but when you really start digging in and asking questions, their response time is very slow or almost non-existent. 



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You can tell something’s “off” with them, and they probably even feel like something’s off.  But, they can’t pinpoint it.  If you recognize this as something going on with somebody you know or work with, ask them if everything is okay.  Yes, you know that everything is not okay, but it’s a polite way of asking permission to talk about whatever it is that’s going on. 

If the “foggy” person is sick, then time, medicine, and rest may be the only things that will ultimately help them.  On the other hand, maybe realizing that somebody else cares about their well-being may be the very thing that helps set them on course for breaking out of the mental daze.  Besides, if you were in a fog and wanted out, wouldn’t you want somebody else to come alongside and help you break free?  Liberty really is better than bondage. 

Likewise, if you catch yourself stuck in a mental fog for a while, here are 4 things you can do to break loose from it, on your own. 

  1. If you’re musically inclined, pick up an instrument and start playing.  If you’re musically challenged, then turn on your radio and listen to some good tunes!  The right music at the right time has an amazing way of lifting your spirit and clearing your head. 
  2. If you like being outdoors, then go for a hike, a walk, or a run.  The fresh air (increased oxygen to the brain) can reinvigorate your senses and enliven your body.  Your body will release endorphins, which your brain loves!  Mixed together with oxygen in the right combination… and viola!  Mental clarity returns.
  3. Clean out a drawer, box, closet, or room.  Getting rid of excess things or letting go of stuff you don’t need anymore can help you mentally connect with the physical act of releasing your grip on something.  It’s amazing how tightly we hold onto to broken things or broken ideas without realizing it.  Cleaning out is cathartic on many different levels. 
  4. Help somebody else in need.  When you get your focus off of yourself and onto someone or something else, you realize just how blessed and well-of you really are.  No, I’m not saying go out and become a “Dr. Phil” (full of answers for everybody else), but change your perspective by shifting the direction of your attention and energies. 

Your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being are all interconnected.  They work in symbiotic relationships that shape and define your overall health.  Once in a while, something happens to one of them, so your mind or body reacts by putting itself in a foggy zone.  By looking at what’s going on in your life, you can determine what’s out of sync.

When you figure out what’s not right, you can figure out how to fix it.  When you get it back in sync, your mind will relax and wake up.  You will have broken out of the fog! 

Note: Briefly being in a fog is not always a bad thing, though.  By treating your “fog” as a time of deeper meaning, you can oftentimes learn powerful concepts that would have otherwise eluded you.  Those periods of being in a fog bank can give you greater insight than non-foggy times. 

Have a great week!

Let’s connect!  Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, martyjreep@yahoo.com; or www.MartyReep.com  Also, find more articles at www.RaisedByAVillage.com


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