Ever feel like your mind is clouded or foggy? Do you have trouble thinking things out when you’re especially stressed out? Those busy weeks when our brains are working overtime can leave us feeling not our best. Pair this with lack of sleep and a list of things to do, it can feel like you’ll never be able to think clearly again. Have no fear, there are little things that you can do to keep your brain working to its optimal potential. Some of them are even fun!!
Physical activity is one of the best ways to keep your brain feeling clear. Even during your busiest times, it can be really beneficial to get even a short walk in or a quick express workout.
Yes, this one is obvious as well. If you’re behind on your sleep, that alone can leave you feeling in a fog. Pair that with a stressful schedule and it can become really difficult to keep things straight in your head and you may not be performing at your best.
If meditation is something that intimidates you, try downloading an app such as Headspace, Calm, or The Mindfulness App. Many of these have options for quick guided meditations if your short on time. Many say that practicing meditation helps them to focus better as well as see things more clearly.
No surprise here – what you eat affects your brain health. Reach for foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and good fats. Avocados, blueberries, and broccoli are some of my favorites!
If you play an instrument, sit down and play for a little! If not, try listening to some relaxing music. There are countless playlists and songs on the internet that are specially for promoting brain health and relaxation.
Try out games such as Sudoku or crossword puzzles. This may seem counterintuitive if your brain is feeling hazy but think of this as an exercise for your head! It can be both stimulating for the brain as well as relaxing.
So the next time you’re having trouble thinking and your head feels worn out, give one of these a try! The best part is that all of these are not only great for your well-being in the moment, but a lot of these are great behaviors to make habits because they can protect you from various chronic diseases later in life as well!
Written by GUADS staff member Emily