Struggling With Brain Fog? Here's How to Clear Your Head
When you were younger—or just kid-free, stress-free, and pandemic-free—you may not have even noticed the ease with which you turned a phrase, or could immediately name that actress, that restaurant, or your fourth grade teacher. As you get older, though, your brain may not be quite as nimble. Add to that poor diet, an overload of mental input, stress and anxiety, and you may sometimes find yourself struggling to find the right words or remember the name of that guy who was in that show about that thing. It's called "brain fog" and it can be nerve-racking, creating a brain fog anxiety that can have you frantically searching Google for answers.
So what is brain fog exactly? "The best way to describe it is when you really just don't feel like yourself. It's actually your brain's way of telling you that something isn't optimal," explains Mike Dow, PhD, PsyD, brain health expert and author of The Brain Fog Fix. "It can unfold differently for different people. It could be trouble bringing words to mind, a gray mood, low energy, or forgetfulness."
The good news is that it's usually just temporary, and with the right lifestyle changes, you can get your brain back on track. We talked to experts to learn what you can do to clear away the brain fog.