Have you ever been in a situation where you just knew what exactly to say, but then you couldn’t find the right words to express it?
How about when you’re in the middle of a conversation and you suddenly lose focus and get confused? That’s what you call “brain fog.” Brain fog affects a person’s mental processes, particularly memory and concentration. It can get harder to think, understand, or even remember something.  Brain fog happens for various reasons such as stress, lack of sleep, hormonal changes, diet, or the ingestion of drugs or alcohol. If ever you experience brain fog, don’t panic; it’s likely not a mental dysfunction and will only be temporary.  However, brain fog may also mean that you need to change your routine and take better care of your brain. Here’s how you can do that:

Take a break.  Brain fog can be triggered by fatigue. An overworked brain can have unhealthy effects not just mentally but also physically. Take a quick break and let your brain and body rest and recover. Resting allows you to re-energize and re-focus, and you will then be able to continue and complete your tasks.

Learn effective stress management. Stress is part of life and we’ll never avoid it. However, there are ways to manage the pressure and balance your lifestyle. Indulge in a hobby or some form of entertainment  after a long day’s work. If it’s a form of physical exercise, then that’s even better. You may try boxing, yoga, or even spend some quality time with your friends at a KTV establishment. Even chilling at home watching DVDs or Netflix, or just listening to music while sipping a health beverage will help.

Consult a doctor. Although brain fog is usually not a medical condition, pay attention if it occurs too often and becomes disruptive to your normal working routine.  In such a case, it may be the symptom of a mental condition like depression, anxiety, etc. Consult your doctor as soon as possible if you observe this happening to you.

Brain fog is one way for our brain to tell us that it needs some downtime. Remember that both your brain and body need to stay healthy to function well.