Managing Brain Fog
By Paul Rothbart
Brain fog is an aptly named condition. When it strikes, it can feel like the inside of your head is San Francisco when the fog rolls in. It's hard to concentrate, focus is all over the place. These are the times you read the same sentence 14 times but never comprehend the words. You can't get work done, you can't plan your day, even basic communication with others may seem challenging. It can be quite frustrating. But you don't have to take a day off. There are ways to manage brain fog and break through to mental clarity.
The body and mind are tied closely together. Getting the body moving often triggers the mind into action. Take a brisk walk or a run. Do some light calisthenics or yoga, whatever kind of exercise you prefer. Getting the heart pumping and the blood flowing is very good for the brain. It can clear the mind and improve cognitive function. This is why many people like to workout in the morning before beginning their day. This can also be an effective strategy for when you hit a wall midday. Take a break from work and get moving. You can kick your mind back into gear and may even lose a few pounds.
Balance Exercise With Periods of Rest
As good as exercise is, it can activate the body's fight or flight response. Your body doesn't know the difference between running for fitness and running for survival. This can sometimes cause stress which may bring on brain fog. Taking a period of relaxation to clear the mind after exercise is generally a good idea. Meditation can be very effective as can mindful breathing. Just 5 minutes of allowing the body to relax can balance out the exercise and prepare the brain to work at its best.
Managing Frequent Brain Fog
If brain fog seems to occur often, there are steps you can take to help lessen the frequency of events. Make sure you are getting a sufficient amount of quality sleep. Your brain won't function at it's best if you are tired. Many people cut back on sleep to have more time available to work, but this is the wrong way to go. Getting a solid 8 hours of sleep will allow you to accomplish more in less time. Feeding your brain properly is also important. Junk food loaded with sugar and low in nutrients is terrible for cognitive function. Vegetable and lean proteins are much better for the brain as well as the body. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory capabilities and are very good for your brain. It's also important to consume foods that contain antioxidants.
Brain fog is distressing and disruptive. It makes accomplishing even basic tasks more difficult. By following these tips you can minimize the occurrence of brain fog and manage it properly when it does happen.
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