Do you ever have trouble concentrating?
I know I do. So when my monkey mind starts jumping around from one thought to the next then I feel as if I am going 100 miles an hour or more. When you are in this frame of mind you may feel as if you are multitasking, going from one task to the next, from one activity to the next, yet it is a situation where productivity really plummets.
On days when the monkey mind is really active, you have great intentions of being able to accomplish a lot, yet the hours pass and you wonder where they went. If it is combined with foggy thinking then you may feel scattered and wonder why nothing is getting done.
The brain really can only focus on one thing at a time. So people who appear to do a great job multitasking actually have the ability to shift from one thought or activity to the next very quickly. Yet, even these people have days when thoughts overtake their lives.
Here are two strategies that can slow down the monkey mind:
- Meditate or at least focus on your breath, the full inhale and full exhale for at least five minutes per day. If you don’t know how to meditate there are tons of free meditations on YouTube or a free app called Insight Timer.
- Please know that the chatter in your brain never really goes away, but if you acknowledge your thoughts like this; “Hi thought, I hear you but right now I’m focusing on my breath,” and then go back to the breath, eventually over time the thoughts begin to slow. You still get the value of meditation even when the thoughts keep coming.
- When you have a task that needs concentration and focus it is best to set aside a specific time. I am doing that right now. I set a timer and told myself for the next 20 minutes I’m going to write this article. Before starting, do this small exercise for the brain that improves focus.
- Stop, yawn, and stretch. Then decide what small step you were going to complete over the next few minutes. Rub your hands together sensuously while focusing on what it is that you wish to accomplish. That sensuous activity of rubbing your hands helps you to stay present in the moment and calms the brain. The moment is the only place where anything is accomplished.
What to do if you still have foggy thinking.
If you still have foggy thinking and it is recurring, it is an indication of an underlying health problem. You could have an overgrowth of yeast, such as Candida, or other bug in your system that is interfering with your body’s function. Yeast especially will zap your energy and cause foggy thinking. It is more prevalent than you think due to the use of antibiotics and the abundance of sugar in our diets. Even if you haven’t taken antibiotics for a long time, the chicken you eat was probably was raised with antibiotics. Other causes of foggy thinking include environmental or heavy metal toxicity. Heaven knows how many chemicals are pumped into our environment at any one time. I once heard that if you lined up trucks from Des Moines to San Diego it represents how many chemicals are added to our environment each year.
Please let me know if I can assist you in any way to get the foggy thinking under control. I am an expert at helping others clear fogginess and support the body to eliminate toxins.