Brain fog is... wait, what were we saying? Yeah, that’s brain fog. It’s that feeling of forgetfulness, unclear thinking, haziness, and mental exhaustion. You might feel less mentally sharp or unable to keep up with your usual hustle. Everybody gets hit with this on occasion, often due to fatigue or stress. But if you’re at the point where you're locking yourself out of your apartment on a weekly basis, or your train of thought is more often forgotten than not, you may be dealing with brain fog that’s linked to a chronic condition, rather than just the occasional brain fog cloud. So, what’s going on? If you’ve been more physically exhausted for the last six months or more, you could have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). People with CFS often explain their symptoms as brain fog, and those with Lyme, fibromyalgia, and many other chronic illnesses get brain fog too. Brain fog has also been linked to modern technology. If you've been glued to your phone and other screens, those bright lights and stimulation can affect your brain. And, if your diet and nutrition haven’t been as healthy as you’d like, that could trigger brain fog too. Studies have found a link between diets high in refined sugars and impaired brain function. Wild, right? What to do about brain fog depends a lot on the cause. If it's linked to a condition, working with a practitioner to treat the underlying cause will help. If you suspect your brain fog is tied to diet, it’s worth looking into an anti-inflammatory diet that’s low in sugar and carbs—an experienced integrative nutritionist can help you make the switch. Some people also find relief from that brain foggy feeling using herbs such as sage, lemon balm, rosemary, and ginkgo. Others swear by blue light-blocking glasses. No matter what, it’s okay to be frustrated when brain fog slows down your day. Just know that you’ll find a lot of fellow brain fog comrades in your WanaFam. You are most definitely not alone!
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Hey! I am new here. I have been battling with depression for the last couple of years. I got my emotions down, but the only symptom that I am dealing with right now is the brain fog. I try asking peers and they don't understand what I am talking about. I was hoping that somebody here will help me understand on how to deal with it. I get overwhelmed with the simplest task, and just feel stuck, and I am trying to move forward but I dont know how too... Can someone please help?
Does anyone have insight? I'm miserable & my PCP has given up until my rheumatology appt in Oct. Daily headaches Diffuse pain Numbness in hands & feet Fatigue Loss of appetite Low BP, high heart rate Dizzy spells Nausea Malaise Hot flushes Brain Fog Focal episodes (like I'm in a stupor) then passing out for 20-30m Diagnosed narcoleptic Clean brain MRI Common labs normal (CBC, thyroid, ANA, RF, Lyme, metabolic panel) Low B12, began injections over a week ago with little improvement.
my symptoms dizzy lightheaded chest pain tired falling asleep on job waking up all throught the night sometimes short of breath and anxious my heart flutters sometimes and I jump awake lack of sleep has caused me to be anxious and have brain fog
Every morning I put on YL peppermint EO, (to help with my brain fog) meditate and do yoga. I find it makes a difference in my symptoms. How do you start your mornings?
I dunno what to do for my brain fog anymore. It’s not as bad in the AM but gets worse as the day goes on. Is there anything to help it go away?
My names Dylan. I'm 21 and the past month I've been dealing with crippling depression and panic attacks. Not as bad as they were in the beginning but I still feel lost. Expierencing extreme brain fog and emotion changes. Anyone else gone through this and have any tips on how I can feel like myself again?
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