Tips to conquering brain fog

By: News Desk
Published: 11:30 PM, 19 Jan, 2023
Tips to conquering brain fog
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Doctors have shared their tips for conquering brain fog – from spending more time outdoors to learning a musical instrument.

According to a UK newspaper, Dr Amir Khan and Dr Anisha Patel discussed the symptoms of brain fog on Lorraine, which can include slower thought processes, difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness.

Dr Anisha, a GP and women's health expert, said many over-60-year-olds will suffer from brain fog as a result of dementia or heart problems.

Younger people also seek help for the symptom which can arise from Covid, cancer treatments, mental health problems, stress, lack of sleep and nutrient deficiencies.

She added while older sufferers of brain fog are equally distributed between men and women, younger sufferers are more often women who are experiencing perimenopause and menopause.

Keeping body healthy

According to Dr Amir, behaviours that can improve blood flow to the brain are key to keeping the organ healthy.

'Stop smoking, that will help blood flow to the brain,' he said.

'Reduce your alcohol intake, get to a healthy weight and just overall health is really important to blood flow to the brain.'

Learning a new skill

Having a skill can improve your confidence as well as keep the brain working.

Dr Anisha said: "Learning new things, especially when we’re all feeling a bit overwhelmed, choosing a hobby, sewing, go-and-dance, learning tai chi, learning a new skill, going and doing that 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle.

'It's all going to help keep our brain active, improve that concentration and boost memory.'

She also recommended learning how to play a musical instrument, describing it as 'like having a full body workout for the brain' because it can stimulate all of the brain.

Getting plenty of sleep

Making sure enough sleep every night can not only stop feeling tired but can improve brain health and help learn new things more effectively.

"Your brain is an organ. It needs to eat and breathe like any of your organs and it gets food and oxygen through fluid that comes through tubes called the glymphatic system," Dr Amir explained.

"As it eats and breathes it also produces waste, so the brain needs to be cleaned and the waste needs to be removed so new fluid full of food and oxygen can come in.

"That happens while we sleep so while you're sleeping your brain is having a clean which is really good for it.  As well as that, sleep helps cement memory.

"So things you’ve learnt that day, while you sleep, they’re cemented in your brain but also a good night sleep helps you learn new things.

"People who get a good night’s sleep are 40 per cent better at learning new things the following day."

 Be more organised

Staying on top of daily tasks can help keep focus and stop us from forgetting our objectives for the day.

However, Dr Anisha advised keeping to-do lists brief.

'Have three or four things [on the list]. When you get that list done, congratulate yourself and have a list for the next day,' she explained.

Dr Anisha also said it is important to give all belongings a space in the home and keeping those items we always seem to be looking for - such as keys and glasses - in the same place.

Spending time outdoors

Dr Amir said there is scientific evidence to show that spending time outside in the fresh air is good for our mood. 

"You've got to remember that depression and anxiety will affect your ability to focus and think.

"Studies have shown that spending 30 minutes, five times a week – about two hours a week on average – outdoors has been really proven to improve your mood.

"It is cold.put your big coat on, get outside and go and spend some time in nature - it will be really good for your mood."

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