Posted on: October 19, 2008 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 0

Everyone has brain fog from time to time. During the really stressful times of our lives, it gets even worse. You know the feeling; when you find yourself losing your train of thought in the middle of a conversation, or when you dose off when you shouldn’t. Like actually walking into a blanket of thick fog, “brain fog” muddles how we think and see things.

When brain fog becomes a constant problem, it might be time to change up your lifestyle. Your brain is the most important muscle in your body – so it’s important to take care of it. Here are some tips on how to eat better, live healthier, and think clearer and more focused to get rid of that cloudy feeling in your brain.

1. Meditate or do yoga.

Meditation can work wonders for how your brain functions and focuses. The key to meditation is mindfulness – being mindful of your breathing, posture, and clarity of thought during meditation will impact your day-to-day life in countless ways.

Meditation is about more than simply “thinking of nothing;” it is a new mindset entirely that takes dedication and practice, but your life will certainly get clearer after a while dedicating your time to meditation.

Yoga is another incredible solution for clearing your mind and balancing out your thoughts (quite literally). While there are many different styles of yoga to partake in, the core idea is that you strike a balance between a strong body and a strong mind. Hot or cold yoga, Moksha or Bikram – find something that works well for you. Say goodbye to a slow, sluggish mind, and say hello to a healthy, balanced mind and body.

2. Get better organized.

If your home and workplace are constantly cluttered, messy, and upside-down, it might help to organize your work and living spaces to be optimized for your life and workload. Knowing where things are, keeping a tidy working and living space, and making things more clean and manageable can have a big impact on your sometimes-cloudy thoughts.

Having a minimally cluttered, sleek-looking living or working space will benefit your overall ability to focus inside and outside of your at-home or at-work office. Streamlining your work and life into well-organized spaces will make you more productive, more mindful, and happier overall.

3. Eat healthier.

Your brain might not be getting the nutrients and vitamins it needs to function as well as it could. Have you been eating too much fast food lately? Not enough leafy greens and other vegetables in your diet? You may need to overhaul your diet if you’re experiencing brain fog often.

Eating a balanced, healthy diet works wonders for your mind and for your body – your mind brain needs vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to function properly, and your brain’s functioning will dictate how the rest of your body functions and operates.

4. Play brain-sharpening games.

There are plenty of games you can play by yourself or with others that keep your brain sharper and more alert. Some examples include solitaire, Sudoku, chess, crosswords, and countless other apps and games you can find anywhere. These games, especially Sudoku, exercise your brain with logic puzzles and attention to details.

Playing these kinds of games often will make your brain stronger overall, and the benefits will extend past simply getting over a case of a foggy brain. The more you play these logic and awareness games, the sharper your mind will be at all times. They can also be a great way to relax on your break, at home, or on a bus or plane. Relaxing and gently training your brain really does get the best of both worlds.

To stay sharp, our brains need to be stimulated by problems, challenges, and awareness exercises. Playing these kinds of games, even on low difficulty levels, will certainly make you more focused and aware of details.

5. Just take a break and relax.

If you’re finding yourself busy all the time, you may just need to call off some obligations, to the best of your ability at least, to get some more rest for yourself. A good night’s sleep can make a world of difference to your mental and physical health.

Lack of sleep for a prolonged period of time can lead to anxiety, restlessness, and fatigue, which will all impact how your brain operates from day-to-day.

6. Watch intake of alcohol, tobacco, and other things.

While it may be relaxing and focusing to have a cigarette, beer, or “special cigarette” once in a while, doing it too much will impact your overall memory and physical and mental health. These kinds of substances impact the oxygen and blood flow in your brain, which impacts your overall mindfulness and how your brain functions in tandem with your body.

Be wary of any herbal medications geared towards mindfulness or focus – usually, these medications have no proven pharmaceutical benefits and effects. Instead of using these kinds of medications, simply focus on meditating, eating better, and watching how many stimulants you intake, if any.

7. Get professional help.

If you don’t feel that a stressful work, school, or home life causes your brain to be foggy, you may want to consider seeing a doctor. Constantly unfocused thoughts and loss of focus/consciousness can signal a larger medical or mental health issue, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder), hypothyroidism, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), and depression.

Consistent difficulty with thinking and focusing can indeed be a serious issue if it does not resolve itself by focusing on mindfulness, diet, and sharp thinking skills. If you’ve done all of these things and you’re still experiencing loss of focus or consciousness, you may need to explore other medications and treatments.

Again, your brain is the most important muscle in your body – no matter how stressful or busy things get, you must ensure that you are eating correctly, thinking positively, and living a healthy life. When you practice focus and mindfulness, you’ll find that every other aspect of your life greatly improves. Getting rid of brain fog does not have to be a difficult process. Stick with it, and you should be well on your way to feeling better before you know it.

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