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How to deal with troubling Brain fog

Have you ever felt mentally sluggish and fuzzy? We've been there once in a while, feeling confused and dull in the head.

In this state, there's little or no clarity in what you intend to do next; it can affect your ability to focus and make it difficult for you to remember both important and unimportant things. This best explains what brain fog does.

Several factors and health conditions can cause brain fog, they are; lack of sleep, stress, depression, dementia, medications, thyroid problem, vitamin B12 deficiency and even covid 19. Brain fog can be caused by a combination of two or more of the above-mentioned factors.

For example, stress can result in a lack of sleep or vice versa. Likewise, depression can affect your sleep. 

When these happen, you may have problems focusing at work, not remembering things, poor concentration, passively following discussions and not being sensitive to things happening around your environment. 

These tips have helped me reduce brain fog whenever I'm stressed:

Try sleeping: Sleep is good for your brain and body to clear out things that can contribute to brain fog and help you focus. Sleeping for seven to nine hours at night can make you focus the next day.

Do new things: Keep your mind away from mental activities instead listen to music, take a walk, cook a meal or arrange your room. This helps to increase the production and release of norepinephrine, a brain chemical which stimulates the brain.

Don't multitask if your head is full: This can drain your energy and make things worse especially if you’re trying to do multiple things that require reasoning. Instead, you should try to focus on one thing at a time.

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Task your memory: Kids in nursery school are so smart and recall almost everything because this trick works for them. I used these memory tricks like mnemonics, rhymes, repetition, cues in school to remember things. If you’re prone to forgetting things, try using any of these options to improve your memory. For example, if you're solving a difficult question, outline the steps and form a mnemonics with the first letters.

Take mental breaks: Make it a point to take a couple of mental breaks during the day, at this time, you don’t think about anything. I call it private time. You can close your eyes, take a short walk, or stay in a corner to meditate. When you meditate, it reduces stress and relaxes your brain and body.

Social events: Indulging social activities can improve your mood. Go for picnics, food festivals, art exhibitions and other events. Live up and interact to keep soul and mind together.

Exercise regularly: Ever wondered why wealthy men don't miss their golf game. They need to stay physically active to improve mental health.

Eat well: A balanced meal can help with memory, mood, and brain health. 

Avoid alcohol and drugs: These substances can affect your attention and ability to focus. It can cause headache and body weakness.

Content created and supplied by: DrGeraldine (via Opera News )


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