How To Clear A Mental Fog Now, So That You Can Focus
What is a mental Fog and how do you recognize if that’s the issue? How do we even answer that question? We shouldn’t have to go to the doctor every time we can’t think straight. But sadly some of us need to.
Some common causes of mental fog include low thyroid function, adrenal insufficiency, and chronic fatigue syndrome. There are much more, but these are a few. Even the female hormones can affect it. If you are struggling with diabetes, pre-diabetes or are overweight then these may be affecting you.
One thing is that most of us that have any of these conditions already know it’s affecting us. There is no reason to go to the doctor cause more than likely we have already been there recently.
So what can we do about it?
There are some things we can do about it from home. The biggest problem is that many of us (who already know this) struggle to do it consistently. I know for myself when I do these things I feel better and I start to recover. But if I get off track and forget which happens about every other week, then I feel tired and drained.
Drinking water and staying hydrated is a great way to keep away the mental fog. Our bodies have a high percentage of water. I think like 60 or 70 percent water for adults and an even higher percentage of water in babies and children. It doesn’t take much to get dehydrated. Exercise, coffee, and not drinking enough fluids are huge reasons. They (the experts) say we should be drinking half our weight in ounces of water every day.
One of the greatest and most effective and safest anti-depressants is exercise. Not only does it usually lift mental fog but it also activates hormones in our bodies and creates the ‘feelgood’ chemicals – endorphin, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. Adrenaline, cortisol, melatonin, and other hormones can affect your mood or even influence the health of your brain. Exercise brings some of them out and keeps them running smoothly. If you need help to get moving check this out. I found it yesterday and think I will be returning. She has great ways to get moving.
3. Eat less Sugar
This is hard because it is in everything. If we are struggling with buying food and paying our bills at the same time then we may be buying the boxed items that are cheaper. Those and most boxed or prepared items have added sugar. Sugar, alcohol, refined carbohydrates and caffeine overdose can majorly impact brain function thereby causing mental fog. Some help and motivational help for this can be found at sparkpeople.com.
What Else Can Help?
There are many other factors that can help. Often times one thing that helps is getting up and moving. If you need to do something but are drained try setting a timer. A timer set for ten minutes will allow you the opportunity to get something done. If after ten minutes you can’t go on then take a rest.
Many times what will happen is that after that 10 minutes we have the strength to keep going either until the task is complete or until we decide to stop. That way we are controlling our body instead of the other way around. Helplessness is not a good feeling. Feeling powerless can bring us down in the dumps but we can get out of it.
My Story Today
Today I was very tired. It was my own fault. I started reading a book that I have really been enjoying and stayed up a little longer because I didn’t want to quit. It affected my sleep and when it was time to wake up, I went back to bed. Once I woke up, I could feel the mental fog set in.
Not only did I not get up today but this whole week I have struggled with waking up. Making today’s mental fog severe. The baby having a fever when we woke did not help. We all just got over a sickness. Mine has been gone the longest because I am willing to do what it takes to get well. The kids don’t understand how to listen to mom to do that.
The Thought That It’s Coming Back Is Not Nice.
To get myself out of it, I started what I was supposed to do. Even though I didn’t want to and had no energy or focus. I was wondering how I would get my writing done today. My thinking was stumped and I could hardly focus on the first word, let alone a title or where it was going to come from.
I Couldn’t Focus
Thankfully I care about what I’m writing about. I care about our health and in finding ways to be better. And I hope to help someone get out of where I am. I struggle with my weight, my eating habits, and in getting consistent exercise.
Everything I mentioned above is just regular habits to keep. When we keep them, they help improve our bodies ability to function properly. Mental fog is only one symptom of many issues. We could have many more symptoms or no symptoms at all and have huge health issues. But if we stay consistent with healthy habits and listen to our bodies we have the upper hand.
Healthy Habits Help To Clear Mental Fog.
Taking the action has helped me come out of my mental fog or at least the part where I can’t think at all. I know it doesn’t work that way for everyone. However, if it works that way for you then this is for you today. Try it and see if it will work for you. Just start doing your task or set a timer to start. See if it will help you today to get out of your mental fog.
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