How to fix brain fog and find your focus
Are you finding it harder than ever to concentrate? Do you feel constantly foggy?
Don’t panic! We have four simple ways to help get your attention back, so you’ll be sharper than ever.
But firstly, what is brain fog?
You might find yourself unable to concentrate for long enough—on work tasks, conversations, or even on the words you’re reading in front of you. As a result, you may have difficulty making up your mind, small decisions are a big deal, and you may become more reliant on caffeine stimulants to help you stay awake.
Here are our top tips to beat brain fog:
1. Use it or lose it.
Increased activity levels are associated with sharper brains, better memory and an elevated mood. In addition, exercise causes the release of helpful chemical messengers called endorphins. These chemicals bathe and rejuvenate the brain.
Try to engage in some enjoyable movement every day.
2. Get enough sleep
The mistake people make with their brains when deadlines with stressful work deadlines are trying to maximise their time by staying up late or getting up early. Effectively not sleeping enough This typically backfires because cognitive abilities decrease with sleep deprivation. Instead, sleep at least seven hours nightly, preferably eight or even nine when possible. The quality of your work will increase while the time it takes to produce such quality work will diminish.
3. Feed your brain
Your brain is made up of a lot of fat and protein, and sugary processed foods are not your brain’s favourites. So by eating lots of vegetables, protein-rich food, getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids (for their anti-inflammatory powers), many antioxidants and coenzyme Q10 (essential for energy) will boost your body’s natural energy production and regeneration with crucial vitamins and minerals.
4. Rest as hard as your work
Many types of exercise stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for “fight or flight” responses. Unfortunately, your body cannot distinguish between running on a treadmill or running from danger—both look like stress. Stress manifests as brain fog.
To reduce stress, you need to flex your parasympathetic nervous system, which is engaged during rest and relaxation and helps calm your body and mind. You can do this by incorporating more meditation and yoga into your routine.