Do you ever feel you’re blacking out all of sudden? You want to do some task and suddenly you forget what you actually want to do? You go to the kitchen, open the fridge and you suddenly forget what you’re looking for. Have you ever experienced something like this? If Yes then you might be dealing with brain fog.
What is brain fog?
This condition is not a medical condition or medical diagnosis but it is a kind of cognitive dysfunction and term to describe chronic mental fatigue. It can be because of some underlying medical condition, stress, or lifestyle.
Symptoms of brain fog can interfere in your daily life. It can affect your memory, concentration, and recalling things.
What are the symptoms of brain fog?
Symptoms of this condition can be different for everyone. It depends on its causes and severity. In some cases, these are very intense and in some cases, these can be mild. So let’s know about some common symptoms of brain fog.
Difficulty in recalling things
Sometimes it’s hard to recall a maths formula or chemistry equations all of sudden but it should not be hard to remember where are the door’s key, what you’re going to do, what you ate in breakfast, or what you’re looking for in the fridge? But when you’re suffering from brain fog you usually start to forget simple things and it’s hard to recall them often.
No or Less Concentration
Whenever you’re suffering from brain fog you can not concentrate. You can not focus on simple things also. And this can make your daily tasks difficult. It’s kind of you’re doing something and thinking about something else. Your brain wanders off constantly and making everything difficult for you.
You’ll feel tired no matter if you’re taking enough rest or having coffee. You can feel a headache mild or severe. You’ll feel like not doing anything. You know that you are capable and you can do the work but you just don’t feel like doing it. You can feel mixed emotions like anger, laziness, or frustration because of this. You’ll often feel unproductive with low or no energy.
What are the causes of brain fog and how to fix it?
Brain fog is an important signal your brain is sending you to inform you that there are imbalances and something wrong with your lifestyle and health. There must be some imbalance in life that needs to be fixed. So let’s know about some common causes of brain fog and how to fix them.
Stress is one of the most common causes of brain fog. Whenever you’re overly stressed out you can feel the symptoms of brain fog. Stress can cause hormonal imbalance which can lead to this condition. Usually, hormonal imbalance corrects itself when you’ll get of stress but if stress is constant it can lead to continuous imbalance which can be problematic for your mental health.
Take a break from your routine work. Do meditation, workout, and rest. Don’t ignore the symptoms. It’s better to fix them at a very initial stage. Cut off the unnecessary work from your to-do list. Have some outing with your friends and family. Spend some time with yourself. Do what makes you happy.
Sometimes we just have food just because we can not live without it and we have to. But nutritious food is important than only food. Your mental health and physical health are interconnected. You need to work on both to make a balance between food. Both need fuel to work. And fuel is the diet and nutrition we are taking.
So bad fuel or improper diet can lead to many problems physically as well as mentally. And can be a major reason for brain fog.
Have a balanced diet. And proper nutrition in the diet. Have proper and balanced carbohydrates and protein-rich food. Eat fresh food. Fish, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, and nuts are good for mental health.
Sedentary or inactive lifestyle
This is also one of the main reasons for brain fog. Being inactive physically can lead to mental fatigue easily. For proper blood and oxygen supply to the brain, one needs to be active enough. A sedentary lifestyle can lead not only to brain fog but also many other mental health issues and physical issues as well.
Do workout or exercise regularly. Exercise also reduces stress levels. Motivate yourself to do the workout. It can be gym exercise, home workout, running, or just a brisk walk. The more you get active the more your brain fog will be disappeared.
Lack of Sleep
If you’re suffering from insomnia or disturbed sleep you probably can experience brain fog. Lack of sleep can cause mental tiredness which can lead to less focus or less concentration.
Take proper sleep. If you can’t then just work on it. Do meditation regularly. Limit the use of electronic appliances, phones, tv before sleep. If you’ll work out regularly you can sleep better.
There are some more causes for brain fog like
Underlying Medical Condition
Well, brain fog is a condition in which you can treat yourself. You don’t need to panic about it. Just understand about it and make some small changes in your lifestyle for that. Just have some patience and trust with yourself.