Have you ever had days when you couldn’t focus no matter what? Perhaps you even drank coffee in excess to make up for the fact that you seem to have no energy at all. In some people, this state of mind is almost constant and it spans over days, weeks and even months. Brain fog is associated with multiple disorders or illnesses, so it may be a matter of treating said issue. However, sometimes brain fog is caused by external or internal factors that can be controlled. Everybody needs the ability to concentrate and discern things properly, so here are 5 fascinating ways to regain control over brain fog.
1. Meditation as a way to combat brain fog
You may be wondering: What the hell does meditation have to do with brain fog? Well, sometimes you need to channel whatever strength there is left in you to be able to unveil what’s behind the horrendous fog that’s over and around your brain. It isn’t a sure way to get out of it. Meditation is just another way to control the effects brain fog can have on your life by helping with powering through it. Sometimes medication can take a while to get good results (such is the case with depression, which can cause brain fog in sufferers), so you need something to latch onto for a bit of help.
2. Sticky notes on accessible surfaces or on your computer screen
This is useful for a variety of other problems as well. You may not have dementia, but reminders are always useful to get back on track. Even if you are a well-organised person that remembers everything most of the time, notes are a good way to make sure even an episode of brain fog doesn’t destroy your organisation. Colour-coded notes are better at this – you may be able to recall things faster by means of colour. Ideas, dates, future plans and so on and so forth are all things you can write down on notes. Having this ability to remember things properly is yet another way to control brain fog. It doesn’t have to weigh you down.
3. Self-talk – no, it doesn’t mean you’re crazy
It is quite bizarre, but talking to yourself when you have brain fog can be surprisingly helpful. In my case, when I realised I couldn’t remember some simple things or I felt confused when it came to learning or adapting, it helped to stop and concentrate on my own voice. I didn’t have full conversations with myself – that’d be obvious. I simply asked myself “What do I need to do?” and set out a few simple things to follow. It can help.
4. Read daily – anything is good
Reading is very good in training your mind and your intellect. It doesn’t have to be something very complicated – sometimes it’s too difficult to concentrate. But reading daily makes it easier for you to be able to do whatever intellectual task you can be given. If you have to read something difficult, it doesn’t come so hard to go through the pages when you’ve been training daily. Even if you have to slow down and reread something, it’s still good practice.
5. Make sure to do something enjoyable weekly
Stress is a major factor in the amplification of brain fog symptoms. If you can afford it, do something that you enjoy every week. You’d be surprised how good that is at helping you get out of a rut. The brain fog may not be lifted completely, but when you focus on something you like, it’s easier to take that feeling and expand it to other areas of your life that may need it. For example, you can play video games, which also trains your concentration and coordination skills, or you can paint, which does something similar. Any hobby can be useful.