How To: Prevent Mental Fatigue

I don’t know about you but come 10.30am and 3pm, my brain goes all to mush. I’ve been staring at my computer screen for at least 2 hours and my brain is foggy, my eyes won’t focus and I feel like I’m going stir-crazy. Feel familiar? Welcome to mental fatigue. We all get it and it’s easily preventable. Here are my top 3 ways to stop the fog (or at least push it back a bit)

Blue skies over Brisbane Blackberry and Sage Water Walking

Left: Blue skies over Brisbane Middle: Blackberry and Sage Water Right: Walking

1. Get some air

If you work in an office, chances are you spend about 7 hours a day staring at a computer screen under artificial lights. We’re supposed to move away for 5 minutes every hour, but how many of us actually do that?! So instead, take your lunch outside, or just step outside, look up and take a few deep breaths. It’s wonderful what it can do.

2. Drink plenty of water.

We all know the benefits of drinking lots of water: it’s great for your skin, helps you eat less etc. It also stops you getting dehydrated. You know that feeling when you look at your screen and your brain is fuzzy? Yeah, go drink some water. But if like me you have an aversion to the taste of water, make it cold, preferably with ice, and chock full of fruit and herbs. Mmmmm.

3. Get walking.

I don’t mean just randomly walking around. I mean instead of sending someone an email, walk to their desk and ask them instead. It’ll get you away from your screen, you’ll actually talk to someone which is way nicer and you may even make a new friend! Bonus!

What do you do to prevent the fog?