A Simple Trick to Help with Brain-Fog

FYI: Jobs are coming back but it’s still taking strategy, focus and persistence in a search, especially with the impact the pandemic has had on getting and keeping a job.

It doesn’t matter if you are new to the field, returning from a layoff, or moving from one company to another or taking a promotion, the steps are the same to getting that job or a new role (although some strategies may not apply).

But there is so much advice and differing ways to make a transition that it can be overwhelming to know which way is the ‘right way.’ When you are in the state, you might feel brain-fogged, detached, somewhat anxious, and avoidant – can you relate?

Unfortunately, this type of stress is not healthy for the brain; in fact, it shuts down certain parts of the prefrontal cortex that controls performance and motivation. When you get to this state, you will feel disconnected, disinterested (or so it seems), and your frustration and stress levels will continue to increase and lead to emotional and physical problems. 

In order to get your stress and ‘lost’ feelings in control, there is one technique that is so simplistic but it has been studied by neuroscientists as a quick stress-buster.

So what is this “magic cure” you might ask? It’s not magic and it doesn’t cost money to get; the technique: Yawning. You probably just said ‘seriously’ or something like that, but this was discussed heavily at a recent Neurosummit I attended. 

According to these experts, yawning is a faster way to get oxygen into your lungs which automatically reduces stress and allows cortisol to move throughout your body; deep breathing can take practice to do and can actually energize you, vs being relaxing. It can also look awkward if you are in a stressful situation, such as a job interview.

 However, yawning is easier to do and more natural. The recommendation is to yawn at least 3 times/hour, which will create a physical relaxation (awareness actually causes the body to relax). 

So, if you are engaged in job or work duties, especially working from home, be sure to yawn – it may make others think you’re bored or tired, but you will feel more focused and energized and the results are all that matters. 

Your Weekly Action Plan

This week, get into the habit of yawning every hour; you can actually practice this to become more natural and spontaneous. Place a small reminder – post it notes on the computer or an index card you keep in the car – to remind yourself to relax. Use this to help you in your planning and task completions which will set the tone in moving forward. 

I hope you have a successful week – If you need help gaining clarity on your business or career goals, or in developing your action plan, why not get some help – stop the struggle and call today to get started. I’d love to help you build the career and business of your dreams. Let’s talk – https://eliteleadershipsuccessinstitute.com

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