Kris Carr

Emotional Health

My Productivity Crashed the Other Day (and How I Beat the Brain Fog)

Hiya Gorgeous! 

The other day, I was having a really hard time focusing. 

There were plenty of things on my task list, but even after sitting at my computer for an hour I was having a difficult time making progress.

I felt antsy and distracted. 

I felt critical of my own efforts and the (very normal) messages I was getting from the people around me. And worse, I felt doubly irritated by my own lack of progress. A wall of brain fog was smothering my creativity—and it wasn’t about to leave.

I could see the minutes ticking by but just couldn’t seem to get back on track.

Have you ever been there? When your energy and productivity are in a free-fall, it’s never fun.

I thought the answer might be in a bag of chips, so I made my way to the kitchen. Thankfully, something better happened there. Standing in the sunlight and taking a few deep breaths, a wave of emotion suddenly hit me.

Before I knew it, there were tears in my eyes and I was talking myself through something that had nothing to do with work: Some big feelings that had arisen for me a few days before. I hadn’t even realized I was holding them back… but I was. 

It took a few unguarded moments in the kitchen, but those feelings were finally able to surface and I was able to self-soothe and navigate my way through them. I returned to my laptop with a clear head and heart. 

Suddenly, the work that felt impossible 15 minutes before felt easy

That’s the power of doing business with our emotions instead of burying them.

You see, your body, mind and spirit are all inextricably linked. When you shove down a feeling, it’s not really gone—you’ve just sent it out of your consciousness and into your body. It comes back as a knot in your stomach, tightness in your jaw, or the charming sluggishness and irritability that paid me a visit.

Avoiding tough feelings—being emotionally unavailable to ourselves—drains our energy more than experiencing them. It may not feel that way, but when you’re stuck it’s hard to have perspective. 

Most of us don’t want to feel tough feelings, but what doesn’t come out one way, comes out another. 

But you can do this work. In fact, the life you want to live is on the other side of it. 

So remember, if you feel foggy and unfocused, like a deflated balloon—your productivity problems may actually be coming from the inside.

Now I’d love to hear from you, friend. What’s your favorite way to release big feelings that are blocking your progress? Share it with us in the comments.

Stop holding back the wave of your emotions. Trust and let yourself feel. 

With all my love,

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  1. Dee says:

    Oh, Kris. Music in the last 4 weeks has made me teary on the spot. So I’ve been sitting still, looking at my trees, to feel my feelings. I’ve identified the under currents– all normal for the transitions I am experiencing. Thank you for upur wise, honest, timely post. Dee

  2. Teresa Tabile says:

    Thank you Kris for being vulnerable. Sharing this is so helpful to me and I’m sure others. Looking forward to reading your book.

  3. Dawn Gaden says:

    Perfect message for me today. Feeling blocked and full of heavy emotion. A bit challenging when I work with clients all day about this exact thing! I did one one my own practices that I call ‘dump the junk’. I write out all the yuck, dictate from mind to paper, getting it all out, then rip it up and throw it away. Sometimes the ceremonial burn is perfect. Then I move my body with intenSati. As a leader, I teach intenSati a couple times a week – movement with mantras – powerful positive words to change my state. It’s magical and helps me get back on my feet and see clearly! Thank you for your help today!

  4. Lisa says:

    For the last two years Ive battled illness and 98% recovered. I have days like this too. I researched and tried many options to help support my body. Allopathic, functional medicine, frequency/energy work. The last leg of my journey I benefited from 3 different muscle testing practitioners to help me process trauma frequencies/emotions. Each of them practice differently but the science is the same. I’m in the process of becoming a certified consultant so I can help myself inventory tough days and to help support others on their wellness journey. Your blog has been a support to me and I’m grateful for your platform. Thank you!

  5. Susie says:

    Once you let those feelings out – how do you keep them movin on out instead of hanging around and annoying you and everyone around you?! 🤪. I think that’s the fear of letting them out – they become real and they may hang like a heavy cloud blocking your sunshine.

  6. Maria McKeon says:

    Thank you for showing up in my inbox today! I love when the universe provides answers to my hearts, desire for understanding, connection, and another perspective. I have been eternally grateful for all that you have shared over the years and as I navigate some hard, challenging stuff, I have more tools in my toolbox and I’m grateful that you’re one of them.

  7. Dance, dance, dance does it for me.

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