Here are five ways you can help clear brain fog. Because improving focus and concentration can help you thrive in your everyday life.
“When you start exercising, the blood flowing to your brain carries extra oxygen and nutrients to your neurons,” says Sabina Brennan, author of Beating Brain Fog. “With regular physical exercise, you'll see improvements in memory, attention and the speed in which you can process information.”
2. Challenge yourself.
Mental activity is just as important as the physical, say the experts at New Jersey's Hackensack Meridian Health. “Treat your brain like a muscle and make sure it gets its exercise. This can take the form of traditional mind-sharpening puzzles and games, but it can also extend your daily life. Read and learn about a topic you are interested in, whether it's something that will help you in your work or hobby. Staying engaged stimulates your brain cells and keeps them active.”
3. Eat right.
Feeding your mind in a more traditional way can also help. “I highly recommend the Mediterranean diet,” says Felicia Goldstein, a professor at Atlanta's Emory University School of Medicine. Eating more fish, fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and whole grains has been shown to improve thinking, memory and general brain health.
4. Take a break.
“Brain fog is a sort of manifestation of some type of inflammation or chronic stress response,” explains Kamini Krishnan a neuropsychologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “We recommend people take 20- to 30-minute breaks even before they're tired by doing some kind of focused activity like walking or listening to music. “
5. Get sleep.
According to the folks at Harvard Medical School, lack of sleep can cause brain fog. “Sleep is a time when the brain and body can clear out toxins and work toward healing. [So] make sure you give your body the sleep it needs.” Aim for seven to nine hours a night, and keep a regular sleep routine by hitting the sack at the same time every night.