Things aren’t going so well in my neck of the woods, so I’m taking a hiatus. This time I actually don’t know when I’ll be back. Allergies are kicking my ass, I feel like I have a horrible flu – it’s just my CFS and Fibro, and there is some sort of general malaise going on. Never mind depression and Reverse SAD possibly rearing its ugly head.
I really need to batch write blog posts more often!
I’m hoping to take the time to get the rest I need while being Mom and girlfriend. School is out this Friday I believe, so that will be one less worry. I am committed to this blog, but I knew going into it that sometimes I was going to lose traction because of my illnesses. Sucks, but what can you do?
Expect a slightly more sporadic posting schedule this summer. My aim is to hit Mondays and Fridays at least, but I already know that if certain things are starting a month early, then I may be in for one awful summer. Or it could be great, and over quickly. Uncertainty has become a way of life for me, unfortunately.
I will always be available by email if you need something. Take care of yourselves,
This blog post is late due to Mother’s Day Weekend and complete brain fatigue. Hope all the mothers and the single fathers had a great Mother’s Day!
Brain fatigue is a huge issue for me, and I know it is for a lot of creatives. We do so much in our daily lives – we’re moms and dads, creatives, members of the workforce, chronic illness sufferers – the list goes on and on. Most of us work hard at our creative pursuits, constantly improving our craft, no matter what it is.
And being creative takes a lot of brain energy.
How To Increase Brain Energy
Eat Right For More Brain Energy
The brain only has so much energy, especially if you aren’t eating right. And most of us aren’t, even if we choose healthy snacks, we’re still running around (like chickens with our heads cut off), trying to keep up with all of our responsibilities AND our creative life.
The brain needs certain things for energy. Starting with a healthy, balanced diet is a great idea to increase brain energy, but certain foods work better than others. Carbohydrates for one. Yes, evil carbs are amazing for brain energy. But not all carbs are created equal – aim for complex carbs rather than simple ones. It’s the simple ones you should mostly avoid – even if over 40% of your diet should be carbs.
Ketones are important as well as protein – fatty acids and amino acids are required for your brain to function.
You know you should, but when are you going to find the time? Try exercising for 15 minutes instead of blocking out an hour if you just can’t get that much time. Aim to do 2 15 minute exercise routines at a minimum. The best part is, you don’t have to go to the gym – all that running around you do counts! This gets oxygen to the brain, which is vital to brain health. The more you exercise regularly, the more oxygen that gets to your brain.
The synapses and neurons in your brain uses roughly 80% of your brain’s energy. Exercise produces lactate as well, most of which goes to your brain for energy. Stretching regularly will help in keeping the lactate flowing. Lactate may also have much to do with your brain’s plasticity, which affects learning and changing.
Take A Nap
Sometimes you just need to refresh your brain. Taking a nap can help reduce the toll thinking has on your brain, as the brain uses different functions while you sleep. Even a 20-minute nap can help refresh your brain. I know suggesting a nap is almost crazy talk for most of us, but give it a try. It’s good for your brain AND your productivity!
Many of us like to unwind with a beer or glass of wine, which is fine and may be healthy. The issue shows up when someone becomes a heavy drinker – they aren’t doing their brain any favors, and instead may be destroying it. If you are an alcoholic, get help – the drunken creative myths aren’t doing you any favors. It’s hurting you and your creative pursuits.
The brain is seriously an amazing thing. At 3lbs, it uses about 20% of your energy…a fairly large percentage. And we still know so little about it. Studies are being done all the time on various subjects, including how everyday things affect the brain. I find the brain absolutely fascinating. These tips will definitely help you keep your brain energy high as you go through your day.
Oh goodness, where do I start? It’s been a really rough few months, hence why there weren’t any blog posts. I didn’t forget about the blog or my few readers…I just didn’t have the mental capacity to do anything about it. Not entirely sure I do right now either, but I’m going to try.
Had some massive family health issues, which teed off the hiatus, followed by my usual bout of SAD, only I swear it’s on crack this year. It’s really bad, though I may be coming out of it. Either that or this is a brief glimpse at normal life, and SAD will be yelling PSYCH and pulling the rug out from under me again.
So bear with me while I get my feet under me again – hopefully. I may be sporadic, I may not. All depends on SAD and other illnesses. There is nothing worse than chronic illnesses when you want to do things, especially creative things. I think I’ve spent the last few months play The Sims 4 and little else.
How do you handle the rough spots in your life? Tell me all about it in comments.
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