Some days you may feel as though you’re in a mental haze, unable to think clearly, or just not quite like yourself. It’s called a ‘Brain Fog.’ Other terms used to describe brain fog include mental fatigue, clouding of consciousness, and mental slowing.
 

What is brain fog? 

The term brain fog describes a set of symptoms that can make you feel spacey or not quite like yourself. It includes issues with memory, concentration, problem-solving abilities, and logic.  

Brain fog isn’t a medical condition in and of itself; rather, it’s a symptom of another issue. It’s possible that these issues are temporary and will resolve. In other cases, the cause may have longer-lasting effects and require treatment… 

 

What does it feel like? 

Brain fog feels like you are moving through a fog or a cloud. It can be hard to think clearly. You may feel slow. You may feel like your brain is not working properly. 

Some other ways to describe it include: 

  • feeling distracted or forgetful, like you’re in a daze 
  • having trouble focusing on one thing at a time 
  • finding it hard to complete tasks  
  • forgetfulness 

 

What causes brain fog? 

You may experience brain fog  

  • after getting too little sleep 
  • when you’re under a lot of stress  
  • if you have a poor diet 
  • when you take certain medications   
  • when you’re sick.  

Brain fog tends to clear up on its own once the underlying cause is treated. 

 

What are the symptoms of brain fog? 

If you find that you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s possible that you’ve got the fog: 

  • Mentally feeling “not all there” 
  • Feeling disconnected from yourself or those around you 
  • Fuzzy thinking and/or feeling 
  • Low energy levels, lethargy, or tiredness throughout the day 
  • Feeling physically slow and sluggish, like your body is moving through mud 
  • Feeling forgetful about a lot of things lately  
  • Trouble concentrating on even simple tasks, like reading a book or watching TV 
  • Feeling like you can’t think clearly when doing normal things like talking with friends or eating dinner with family. 

 

Can it be treated? 

Treatment of brain fog depends on the management and elimination of the underlying cause. 

Home remedies to improve brain fog include: 

  • Eating a healthy and balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, proteins and avoiding junk food 
  • Getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night 
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol, smoking and caffeine 
  • Stress management  
  • Regular work-out and exercise 
  • Talk to your doctor and change the medications causing brain fog 
  • Spending time on things that make you happy (gardening, music, spending time with your pet) 

Find whatever works for you and make sure to implement those steps that help you feel more mentally alert and focused. 

 

Is it linked to mental illness? 

In some cases, mild depression and anxiety may be linked to the other symptoms of brain fog. To treat brain fog, you should first treat any underlying conditions if possible. 

 

Mental Health is as essential as Physical Health 

Brain fog affects your mental acuity and can have negative effects on your physical health and quality of life. But it is treatable. Talk to your healthcare provider or counselor.

Here at Doral Health & Wellness, we believe that mental health is especially important for a happy, healthy life. Our team of experts and personalized treatment plans can help you achieve better mental health. If you have any questions, you can contact us on 718-DORAL-55.