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3 Ways to Avoid Mental Overload

As a creative professional, the most important thing you have to remember is never to overload your brain. If you don’t take care of your brain — the vital organ in your body — you’ll start losing focus, attention, and concentration.


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Kristina Segarra

4 months ago | 3 min read
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Unload your brain like a conveyer belt

Have you ever overestimated your abilities? Like imagined you were a superhuman with a superpower?

Well, I have. For quite some time, I thought I could just sit down and command my brain to do the work for me. I was naive thinking my brain is a powerful machine and I can make it do whatever I want. No matter how tired or energetic I felt.

I went too far and overestimated my mental abilities. And when I did that, I started losing my focus and suffered from mental fatigue. I was exhausted but couldn’t quite put my finger on why.

But after I started paying more attention to the things around me, the activities I engage in throughout the day, and the amount of time I spend on social media, I realized what I needed to do to keep my brain healthy and optimize my productivity and focus.

Here is the thing: Your brain is the most important organ in the body. Besides the heart, of course. So many of your life-sustaining activities depend on the function of the brain. That means you should treat it like it is.

The harsh reality is people think they can abuse their brains the same way they abuse their relationships. They don’t give as much attention to it as they should. And what ends up happening is that your brain strikes back.

You start losing your attention and focus the moment your drain your brain battery. Your mind goes blank, and you can’t think rationally.

And later, when you pile one more task on the already overloaded brain, and you lose the battle.

So many things can slide off course if your brain isn’t healthy. From focus to attention, to lack of energy and motivation.

The way around it?

Unload your brain like a conveyer belt before you load it up with junk again.

You know the saying: What goes into your body affects your mental and physical health. But how you treat your brain can also impact your mental health. If you’re a creative professional, it’s crucial to keep your mental health in check.

Here are 3 ways you can ensure that you keep your brain healthy.

Take short breaks

If you’re a content creator, it’s crucially important to take short breaks throughout the day. This will ensure you don’t fry your brain and keep a steady sustained focus.

For example, after an hour of sitting at the computer, step away from your desk and take a 5–10 min coffee break. You can move around and complete some chores around the house.

Let your mind roam

Another way to ensure you don’t overload your brain and keep sustained focus throughout the way is to allow your mind to roam as I wrote in this article). When you do this, you don’t think about anything — you just let your mind take you wherever you want. It’s like daydreaming.

Move your body

Often, we spend so much time at our desks that we forget to take care of our health. It’s easy to get stuck sitting at your desk and forget about moving your body. But sitting for prolonged lengths of time is not only detrimental to your health, but it also hampers your productivity.

The key to staying productive is to alternate the time you spend at the desk with other mindless activities, such as walking, running chores, etc.

Time spent in nature is particularly beneficial for your brain. Being in nature not only helps with creativity but also helps you release the build-up of stress from creating content.

Plus, stepping away from your desk and moving is the best thing you can do for your body and your health.

The takeaway

As a creative professional, the most important thing you have to remember is never to overload your brain. If you don’t take care of your brain — the vital organ in your body — you’ll start losing focus, attention, and concentration.

To avoid mental overload, make sure you engage in the activities that are good for your brain: taking short breaks, letting your mind roam, and moving your body. You’ll find such activities will help you stay productive and avoid burnout.

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Freelance health & wellness, self-improvement writer

I'm a freelance writer, musician and a mom of two kids. I love writing on health-related, self-improvement, and writing topics as well as world events.


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