Do you ever have those days where you can’t seem to think straight and your brain feels foggy?
It can feel like your brain is actually foggy, and you can’t possibly see through the fog to get to your thoughts.
Fatigue often accompanies brain fog — feeling easily irritated, forgetting things or having trouble learning new things, feeling unmotivated, anxious, lacking concentration and even insomnia.
The stress of life can cause brain fog to take root, but the good news is you can do a lot to clear the fog in your head.
Here are a few simple tweaks you can start implementing now:
Adjust your diet. One of the best ways to clear away brain fog is to take a look at what you are eating. If your diet is predominately processed and artificial foods, it’s time to make some cuts, as they can cause a host of problems including brain fog.
Beware of cutting carbs and healthy fats – your brain needs these essential elements for fuel. Swap out unhealthy carbs for complex carbs made with whole grains. Start adding in more fresh fruits and vegetables. Switch out your processed and animal fats for virgin and unrefined vegetable and seed oils. Doing these things will help reduce the inflammation that can set off brain fog.
Go to sleep. Your body needs sleep, and if you’re not getting enough of it, brain fog can actually start feeling normal! Set a timer and go to bed a little earlier at night. Set up a routine of unwinding at bedtime to help prepare yourself for better sleep. A simple 10 minute stretch or casual stroll can do wonders when your sleeping poorly. Be sure to count your blessings or relive the good moments from your day. Refuse to allow your mind to fixate on the things you didn’t get done, or on the not-so-good experiences from the day.
The more sleep you get, the better your health will be overall and the clearer your brain will feel.
Get more exercise. Because exercise helps get the blood flowing through your body and transporting more oxygen with it as well as clearing toxins, it’s a great way to clear brain fog. Plus, you’ll feel better too. Try a brisk walk, an outdoor run, yoga, dance or an at-home workout and feel the positive effects of change all over. Its a good idea to leave 2 hours of relaxation time after a vigorous workout and before bed to allow your body some unwinding time.
Find healthy ways to manage stress. Take 30 minutes for yourself. Ignore your phone and read a book, magazine or find a way to unwind that makes you feel relaxed and refreshed. If you don’t, you can allow anxiety and fatigue to fester which in turn can cause your cortisol levels build up. An unchecked amount of cortisol can prompt you to gain weight and have trouble sleeping, inducing the brain fog and feeling unwell.
Cleanse. Heavy metals and toxins are in our air, water, and even in our food. When we ingest them, it can create inflammation in our gut and in our body.
Unfortunately, we cannot avoid them altogether, so we must be mindful of cleansing as often as possible. As a simple daily routine, try flushing out toxins with lemon or cucumber infused water which can help move toxins out of the body and leave it refreshed.
Brain fog can also be caused by a myriad of medical conditions, so be sure to get checked out by a physician if you are experiencing mental confusion or cognitive issues that do not respond to simple lifestyle changes, or that seem unusually persistent.
We all have those days when we are tired or stressed out, but we can take charge of our lifestyle and begin to enjoy more and more days of clarity and energy!