10 Proven Ways to Conquer Brain Fog so You Can Finally Make Progress

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Brain fog makes every task consume a monstrous amount of time and mental strength. It’s like your brain checked out without your permission. It slows your thinking, steals your ability to focus and remember things. In the end, it robs you of all ambition.

Guy with brain fog.
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You could run yourself into the ground and try your hardest but still fail if you have brain fog. Mental clarity is imperative for you to do anything worthwhile especially if you’re working from home.

Before I get into how to fix brain fog, I’m going to clarify some things.

Here are some common questions people have about this mysterious brain fog:

What are the symptoms of brain fog?

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Although you might not have these symptoms now, It’s helpful to know what to look for so you can fix them in the future. Brain fog happens to everyone, but you can take the steps below to stop it.

If you have brain fog, you’ll experience the following:

  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Scattered thoughts
  • Inability to concentrate or finish things effectively
  • Feeling exhausted yet unable to sleep
  • Tasks take much longer to complete than usual

If any of these symptoms ring a bell to you, take action today, and you will overcome brain fog.

How long does brain fog last?

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Photo by Daniel Jimenez on Unsplash

Brain fog affects everyone in different ways; for some, it lasts a short time. But for others, it can stick around and deteriorate their brain.

What causes brain fog?

  • Inflammation causes brain fog. Plus, it alters your levels of dopamine, cortisol, and serotonin. This can throw your whole system out of whack. Don’t let things get worse; take action!
  • Too much stress
Stress causes brain fog.
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Stress causes a plethora of issues and diseases. It can cloud your thoughts as well. When you’re overwhelmed with anxiety, your body creates cortisol, which kills brain cells and gets in the way of you forming new ones!

Therefore, take the time to de-stress every day. You can do this by reading, writing about your day, or anything that makes you happy and calm. It’s important!

  • Covid-19

Many people who had Coronavirus report brain fog and confusion. This happens due to inflammation which causes long-term damage to organs. Even though Covid is a viral respiratory infection, it puts a huge strain on your cognitive functions and heart long after recovery.

Furthermore, if you can’t breathe efficiently, this poses another critical issue for your brain—a lack of oxygen. Your brain uses a whopping 20% of your oxygen intake!

Stick to a healthy diet and take vitamins to help improve your mental clarity.

  • Loneliness
Lonliness causes brain fog.
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Loneliness and being alone don’t have to mean the same thing. If you embrace solitude, then time by yourself can be empowering and enjoyable. But many people experience fatigue, self-doubt, aches, and anxiety when they’re alone.

A lonely perspective clouds up their thoughts, which further increases feelings of hopelessness. Thus digging themselves deeper into despair. You’re not alone. Many people are struggling with these feelings.

But you have access to information that will show you how to overpower it. Millions of people have learned to cherish their time alone, and I’m one of them.

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Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Try these tips:

  1. Make a playlist of your all-time favorite songs and turn up the volume. You’ll be shocked how quickly this can improve how you feel!
  2. Call up a family member or friend. A short, simple phone call can be the solution to your mood. You’re not so alone after all.
  3. Go for a walk. A change of scenery might be all you need to change your outlook! Exercise and sunlight will boost your serotonin. Otherwise, sit in the sun or by a window.
  4. Lose your worries in your favorite hobby. If you don’t have one, do what you enjoyed doing as a child. Have some fun! You’re free to do what you want with no one to judge you!

Don’t allow loneliness to take over your thoughts. You can do the tips above to have a good time anyway. Otherwise, you can chat with a therapist for free.

Here’s how you clear up brain fog so you can do what you need to do:

1. Go outside and walk

Clear out brain fog by walking.
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Sometimes your brain needs some fresh air, sun, and exercise. Taking a short walk can do wonders for your mood and ability to think. The boost of oxygen and vitamin D might be what you needed.

If you’re sitting for most of the day at work, make it a point to frequently stand up and walk around for a bit. That will also help with eye strain from staring at monitors all day.

2. Gulp down some water

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Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

You might think that chugging coffee will awaken your mind, but it might make things worse. Coffee worsens dehydration, and your brain is 73% water. Even losing 1% of its water can decrease your ability to focus! So, chug down some ASAP.

3. Relax

Relax to clear brain fog.
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We’ve all heard it before a million times that we shouldn’t stress, but that’s not so easy.

Constant chronic stress can change your brain’s structure and shrink its size. High levels of cortisol deteriorate the hippocampus (where memories and learning are enabled). It lowers the number of new brain cells created. That can lead to depression. Let’s not do that.

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Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash

Luckily, you can prevent and reverse any damage stress has caused by exercising and meditating.

4. Declutter and clean your space

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Photo by Gabby K from Pexels

A cluttered environment can add to your mental overwhelm. It will frazzle your nerves, and you won’t know why. So, take the time to clean up every evening so you can have a fresh start in the morning.

5. Stop the overstimulation

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Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

If you’re looking at screens, your attention is getting scattered hundreds of times per day. People check their phones 58 times per day and 30 of which are during work hours. That’s not counting the time spent on your computer or TV.

You’re pummeling your mind with random stimulation and training yourself to think in the same way. One second you’re wondering what you need to do that day, and the next, you’re watching fail videos.

After a while, it’ll be nearly impossible to concentrate on anything that doesn’t shock or amaze you. Yet, most life-changing goals require your sustained focus.

So, cut back on staring into glowing screens and teach yourself to handle things that aren’t overwhelming your brain with chaos. Give your brain a break. Perhaps have a no-screen day?

6. Catch some Z’s

Sleep to clear out brain fog.
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Sleep is essential for you to think clearly and store memories. Try to get at least 7 hours of restful sleep every night and take naps if needed.

During sleep, your brain is cleared from all the residue that builds up throughout the day. Get brainwashed by taking a power nap!

7. Take care of your gut

Gut health helps brain fog.
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There are many benefits from taking probiotics or prebiotics, such as feeling happier, reducing anxiety, and improved mental clarity. The list goes on and on, so there’s no reason not to pop a couple of probiotic supplements. You’ll reap the rewards of having a healthy gut.

8. Wash your face or take a shower

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Photo by Vitoria Santos from Pexels

Brushing your teeth can spruce up your mood and ability to concentrate. If you can, take a shower to revitalize your thought processes. Otherwise, splashing your face with cold water can wake you up and refresh your mood.

9. Check your meds

Your meds might cause brain fog.
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Check with your doctor about if your prescriptions might cause brain fog. They may be able to switch you to a less hazy version of medication or lower your dosage. Also, ask them to check your hormone levels because that can cause problems with thinking clearly.

10. Do something unexpected

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Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

Jolt your brain into alert mode by doing something out of the ordinary. When you do the same things every day in the same places, it dulls your mind. So, try doing something completely different one day and see how you feel afterward. These activities are great for your mental health and will awaken a bored brain.

In the end, it’s no fun to have brain fog. Furthermore, it stifles all confidence-boosting progress. So, entertain it with a new (or old) hobby, take an inspiring walk, and drink more water.

Take care of your brain. It’s the most important thing you’ve got!

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