Brain fog. Some people describe it as a fuzzy feeling. When you find it hard to get your thoughts to come together. Where you feel like you’re walking around in a fog and it takes you a while to figure out where you are and what’s going on around you.
It’s typically associated with inattentive ADHD and can sometimes be referred to as Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT). However, research has shown that it can also affect people with combined and impulsive/hyperactive ADHD. The symptoms of SCT include mental fogginess, hypoactivity, sluggishness, daydreaming, slower movements and inconsistent alertness.
So, what can you do when brain fog hits you? Here are 6 ways to find your way out of brain fog.
Whether it’s going to the gym, a class or a brisk walk down the road, exercise increases the blood flow to the brain. Exercising regularly can also help to improve sleep, boost memory and reduce stress. When our bodies are inactive for a while, our brains will also start to become inactive. Getting up and moving about will get our brains functioning again and free you from the brain fog.
Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep is so important but can often be something that we don’t get enough of. The recommendation is having between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. This allows our bodies to rest and recover from the day’s activities. If you’re struggling to drift off at night, download my FREE Calmness & Clarity Hypnosis. It’s designed to help you drift off for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Drink a glass of water
Staying well-hydrated isn’t just important for our physical wellbeing but also our mental wellbeing. Brain cells are delicate and require the right balance of elements and water to function at an optimal level. When the brain drops below this level, we can find it hard to concentrate, experience mood swings and have problems remembering things. By keeping well hydrated, our brains can function optimally.
15 minutes of mental stimulation
As well as a physical workout, why not give your brain a mental workout? Even 15 minutes of brain stimulation can help kick your brain back into action. And what’s more, with regular sessions you will see your mind strengthen and things like your memory improve!
And before you start worrying that you need to sit there and work out mathematical equations, its what YOU find mentally stimulating. Maybe it’s a crossword puzzle, sudoku, knitting, reading or even playing games or computer games that make you think.
Change your surroundings
Sometimes it can be where we are that makes us feel a little foggy. It doesn’t mean to say you have to completely cut this place out. But when you start to feel the familiar fuzzy feeling, get up and walk around. Or even just change view. Move your position/your chair to give you a change of scene. It might not be something you can do all the time if you find it happening at work, for example. But mixing things up and moving about every now and then will help. (As will the hydration and mental stimulation!)
Writing could be another way for stimulating and kicking your brain back into action. But it could also be a way of tracking and finding what is triggering your brain fog. You could start keeping a diary with you. When brain fog suddenly hits you, you can jot down your thoughts, feelings and surroundings to see what is triggering the fog. BUT, by writing these down, it forces your brain to start working again too.
Now, if you want to take things further, I can help you to get your brain working with you. My sessions are designed to find balance, harmony and tranquillity, to help you start to live well with ADHD. Click here to book your appointment now or if you have any questions, you can contact me here.