I don’t know about you but I have dealt with brain smoke in the past for many years. Now, I do not mean this literally as if products of combustion had found their way inside, but figuratively; that “smoky” feeling in your head that makes it difficult to see correct answers easily or to think clearly. The thing is, until I became healthier I did not realize how much my thinking was under attack. The more I learned what type of food and lifestyle choices were right for me, the more my thinking and concentration improved. This made it easier for me to get things done faster. I also noticed my energy was improving and so was my creativity. And we all know how important it is for firefighters to be able to think quickly and creatively on their feet.
Now all of us are different, but I have seen at times in my own life, and in other people’s lives, that when we live healthier we are able to accomplish more than when we did not focus on taking care of ourselves. Some have even discovered new desires and gifts that they did not realize they had in the first place. Try to think of these tips like well-timed positive pressure ventilation. You are searching for a victim in a structure and have no thermal imaging camera to speed things up, then suddenly someone fires up the fan and pushes all the smoke out of the room making it easier to see what you are looking for.
Do you struggle with brain smoke? Just think what you could accomplish if you were able to think clearer. How would that affect your concentration, your career, your personal life and your goals? Below I have listed a few ideas that may help.
Keep in mind, making too many changes at once may overwhelm your system when it is not used to living a certain way. I believe it is good to begin with making small changes and then gradually add more changes over time so your body can adjust to what you are doing. What is important is keeping your brain clear of the “smoke” so you can do your job, and live your life, the best way possible.