“Brain fog, also commonly known as brain fatigue, can be a mild to severe episode of mental confusion that can strike without warning. When this occurs, it is common to experience a lack of focus, poor memory recall and reduced mental acuity.”
I didn’t know what it was, but now I know what brain fog is all about and how it can affect my performance as a court reporter, especially during real-time depositions and/or trials. While the causes are vast and abundant, I really couldn’t care less! I simply hate brain fog and wish it didn’t exist. It holds me back on so many levels and in so many aspects of my everyday life.
If I don’t sleep well, I get brain fog. If I don’t work out, I get brain fog. If I don’t eat right, I get brain fog. If I’m stressed, I get brain fog. Is there anything that doesn’t cause brain fog? Of course there is, and that would be a perfect life; good sleep, exercise, healthy diet and NO STRESS. Yeah, right. Excuse me while I laugh out loud.
How do I battle brain fog and how do I function as efficiently and as effectively as I can? I work hard every day to do all the above recommendations and I don’t give up. I do my best to get quality sleep. I work out at least 3 days a week. And I have a healthy diet. However, when I am not functioning at my fullest potential and capability, I rely on perseverance, experience and my ability to withstand anything that comes my way and to dredge through the weeds of brain fog.
While it may be physically and mentally challenging, I know I have the ability to power through and overcome. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, my work product suffers because of the effects of brain fog, but I can get through it. I can work through it. I can still produce a good transcript under any circumstance, even while suffering from brain fog. I may have to concentrate twice as hard and remind myself to breathe more often, but I can do it, as I’ve done it many times before.
And finally, as much as I hate to admit it, because I do hate doing it, drinking lots of water helps! It helps keep me awake. It helps clear my mind and it helps my body function better, not only during times of stress but every day. It’s true what all the trainers and nutritionists say, that drinking plenty of water every day is of great benefit to our health.
If nothing else, remember to breathe and drink plenty of water.