Our brain is a big mystery. Even if we have very advanced facilities, we are yet to know much about our brain. Our thoughts, mood, attitude everything depends upon our brain. In covid-19 times the brain fog is a big problem. Many people feel the stress around us and facing symptoms of brain fog everyday.
WHAT IS BRAIN FOG?
Let’s start by trying to understand brain fog. Brain fog is not a medical or scientific term; it is used by individuals to describe how they feel when their thinking is sluggish, fuzzy, and not sharp.We all experience this feeling from time to time. Perhaps you couldn’t think clearly when you were sick with the flu or another illness. Even if you are too much tired, you will feel it. It feels as if your brain is going to switch off and you can’t receive anything new.
It’s also called clouding of consciousness.The person is slightly less wakeful or aware than normal.They are not as aware of time or their surroundings and find it difficult to pay attention to someone who is speaking with them.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF IT?
Brain fog or clouding of consciousness is very common in everyone’s life. We have all experienced it multiple times. The classic symptoms are mental cloudiness, difficulty in focusing, easily forgetting things, disorientation, difficulty in remembering common words, difficulty in doing calculation, difficulty in concentration etc. As if brain becoming unresponsive.
CAUSES OF BRAIN FOG
There are huge numbers of causes of brain fog. Major factors are lack of adequate sleep, poor diet, high sugar and refined carbohydrates, alcohol, too much caffeine, vitamin B12 deficiency, early menopause, early dementia, depression etc. It can be early sign of several neurological diseases. Some drugs can also cause it. High stress level is a common cause of brain fog.
HOW TO COUNTER BRAIN FOG
If you are encountering brain fog frequently you should be more aware of it. You should take small steps to counter it.
To help clear the brain fog, we should pursue all of the activities that we know help everyone’s thinking and memory.
- Perform aerobic exercise. You may need to start slow, perhaps just two to three minutes a few times a day. While there is no established “dose” of exercise, it’s generally recommended you work toward 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
- Eat Mediterranean-style meals. A diet including olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans, and whole grains help to improve thinking and memory
- Avoid alcohol and other substances. Give your brain opportunity to heal by avoiding toxic objects like alcohol, drugs etc.
- Sleep well. Sleep is a time when the brain and body can clear out toxins and work toward healing.
- Participate in social activities. We are social animals. Group outing, vacation etc helps.
- Pursue other beneficial activities, including engaging in novel, brain games, music, meditation, exercise.
If it disturbs you more, then it’s better to consult a neurologist. Sometimes people need psychiatry consultation and counseling.
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