Getting Out of Your Mental Fog

February 13, 2018

I’m all about taking time for yourself to rest and recharge. I’m also no stranger to a case of mental fog that keeps me from productivity or positivity.

Here are some of my favorite tips for getting out of a funk:

Take a bath.

Get one of those fancy bath bombs and soak all of your cares away, even for 30 minutes. 

Light a candle.

Use fancy lotion.

Get up and go for a walk.

Do a puzzle. 

I’d suggest one that isn’t on your technological device, but that’s your preference.

Buy the person behind you in line’s coffee.

Bringing someone joy can bring you joy! And coffee!

Find a local art museum and go stare at some pretty paintings.

If you can’t make your way to one, check out the Google Arts & Culture Website/App.

Curl (or straighten) your hair, just because.

Go to the library and search for the perfect book for you.

Here are a few of my most recent recommendations.

Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while.

Find an organization you trust and make a donation. 

If you’re unsure how to do so, check out GuideStar as a starting point.

Get organized.

Go through a room of your house to organize, de-clutter, and donate.

Make a list and a schedule for how you are going to conquer your day and week to come.

Write it out.

Find a journal or piece of paper and get going!

Curl up on your couch and watch your favorite movie.

Do some DIY.

Find something on Pinterest, or try my friend Lauren’s Moon Phases Wall Hanging over on her blog.

Type in “cute animal video” into your search bar.

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep.

Take a nap if you need it, but get up and move if you’ve rested enough.

Clean up your desk and make it so that you want to get to work. 

Clean space, clean mind.

Write a letter to a friend (the old fashioned way).

Even though a normal piece of paper will do, I’m a fan of the Dollar Section of Target where there are sets of 8 or 10 for $1 (or if you’re feeling splurgy, these are beauts).

Bake a cake or cookies.

You could go above and beyond and make something from scratch, but I’m partial to break & bake.

Drink some water.

I love using my Marble Swell Water Bottle because it makes me feel fancy (and environmentally friendly), but any bottle will do! Bring it around with you throughout the day so that you’re more likely to actually open and refill it.

Put on some lipstick.

On a bad day, I’m drawn to red lipstick that I know will stay on all day because it makes me feel more put together. 

Find an animal to hug (or person, if you’d rather).

Pets always seem to know when your mental health isn’t 100%.

Brainstorm a new passion project.

Of course you don’t need anything fancy to brainstorm, but here are a few of my favorites: is my favorite “mind mapping” tool.

Passion Planner has the most useful written tools, in my experience.

This memo pad that allows you to organize a brain dump. I don’t own this pad, but I use the idea!

Draw something, and force yourself to keep going even if you don’t think it’s any good.

Find an empty (or not) journal from that pile I know you’ve got and get at it. I’m fond of drawing flowers.

Put on some fancy clothes and get out of the house, even if you only go to the grocery store.

To get that break & bake, of course.



Inspiration is everywhere! Hopefully some of these tips help you out of that mental fog and get straight back into creativity and positivity. Have anything else that helps you get out of your funk? Leave ’em in the comments below!

25 Tips for Getting Out of Your Mental Fog

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