I read an interesting article yesterday about brain fog.
It caught my attention because it’s something I’ve really been suffering with the past couple of years. I thought it was because of my wonky thyroid (it is a symptom), getting on a bit and because I’d stopped working and my poor mind was just atrophying but according to this piece, there could be a different cause. Research had shown that since the dawn of the digital age – smart phones being especially guilty – our concentration focus had gone from over 12 seconds to less than 8. I assumed people would have longer concentration spans than 12 seconds, but I guess it’s a special sort of bit of concentration?
Anyway! The theory is that we could be doing too much all at once for our brains to cope with! How true is this of bloggers!? We’re constantly multi-tasking – checking emails, writing posts, faffing on twitter and facebook, liking on instagram, taking pictures, jotting notes. Now apparently the brain LIKES a bit of a multi-task now and again, because with each little job you finish, you get a little shot of dopamine – the happy chemical! But too much of these little shots and the brain gets a bit…knackered. It forgets what it’s doing. It won’t provide that word you’re looking for mid-conversation at the school gates. Poor brain.
The journalist writing the article then went on to have a colonic irrigation to make her gut happy and therefore her brain too (apparently there is some sort of nervous connection between the two, as anyone with a “nervous belly” will no doubt gladly testify) I’m not sure that’s ever a path I would like to go down, having someone shoot several pints of water up my bottom with a hose isn’t my idea of a good time, even if it did fix my brain fog.
Instead it seems like a good idea to me, to really really try and stop letting myself get distracted with a million and one things at the same time, and set my daily tasks out in time blocks instead. This is something I’ve been trying to do this week anyway as something suggested to me in a blogging course I just did. It’s a great way of getting things done, because you get to concentrate on just one thing at at a time, and it seems it could well sort out the brain fog as well. Here’s hoping anyway, because it’s very embarrassing trying to have a conversation with someone and forgetting half your vocabulary! And I really don’t want a hose near my bum.
Do you suffer from bloggers brain fog?