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Migraines and Brain Fog

As a migraineur, you’ve likely heard the term brain fog, and maybe you have even experienced the distressing symptoms. Brain fog is not a medical term, but it is a commonly used phrase describing a confused, unfocused state of mind. You’re forgetful, can’t get your thoughts in order or retain information.

When you’re experiencing mental fog, you might find it hard to concentrate. You could have that infuriating feeling where information or a thought is almost within reach, but slips away as you try to bring it into focus. We’ve all experienced suddenly forgetting a word or name, with the frustration of it being ‘on the tip of your tongue’. Brain fog is like this, but much more far reaching.

THINGS THAT MAY HELP ELIMINATE OR REDUCE MIGRAINE-INDUCED BRAIN FOG

  • Get enough sleep. Good quality sleep is vital for clear thinking. During sleep we process memories and renew brain cells. It’s why things sometimes seem clearer in the morning. Poor sleep, especially poor sleep over a period of time, can impair memory, make concentrating hard, and affect mood, judgement and our ability to cope with stressful situations.
  • Avoid Stress. Too much prolonged stress leads to anxiety, insomnia and impaired decision-making skills. Learning meditation techniques can help you deal with stress by deliberately calming the mind.
  • Get enough exercise. Too often, modern lifestyles lead to a lack of physical activity. We don’t say a good walk ‘blows away the cobwebs’ for nothing. Exercise releases chemicals that stimulate the brain. Simply standing up more, or taking a short walk, can boost brain activity.

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