I’m learning that having a mental clarity is so important. When I don’t, I struggle with writing and being creative among other things. Always in an analytical state of mind, I began to think about what I needed to do in order to remain a place of creativity.
- Pin pointing and letting go of one of my sources of stress was a big step. I reminded myself that I didn’t need to be in every meeting. As long as the information stemming from it was accurate, I was good.
- I grabbed my planner. I realized that I was trying too hard to memorize too many events of the day. Something as simple as writing stuff down, especially to do items was a big help. I used my planner, but not to its capacity. I even started using the post it note application on my computer.
- Realizing that certain environments can and do encourage stress, I also took a break from my environment. I had developed a bad habit of sitting hours at a time working and not taking the necessary breaks. According to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic, sitting for long periods of time can increase ones chances of developing cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
- I also learned that certain foods can aid in getting mental clarity. According to an article by Today, chocolate, cauliflower, chili peppers, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, rice bran, beet juice, fortified breakfast cereal, and yogurt, are all foods that support mental clarity.
So, a road trip with a lunch bag filled with bran muffins, cantaloupe and chocolate sounds great to me. Seriously though, don’t forget to hit the reset button, take a break, write your thoughts or tasks and eat foods that encourage mental clarity. Take care.
-Janet Michelle, xoxo