Do You Have Brain Fog?
Like a recovering alcoholic can spot an alcoholic a mile away, I can usually tell by talking to someone within a few minutes if they have brain fog. I know the signs and I know exactly how they feel.
I spent many, many years trying to function and get by while feeling like I was swimming under water with a weight belt on.
Here are five easy ways to tell:
1. You have a hard time remembering instructions.
Years ago my husband had surgery and the surgeon came out to tell me it went well and then proceeded to give me several very important instructions. As soon as he was finished talking and walked away I had forgotten everything he said. Not good.
2. You have a difficult time putting words together.
I’ve had conversations with people and felt so embarrassed because I literally could not speak in a complete sentence. I struggled to have a simple conversation and thought, what is wrong with me? I know what I wanted to say but I couldn’t put the words together and then nothing I said made sense.
3. Clutter messes you up BIG time.
You can’t find anything because you can’t remember where you last put it. You end up buying multiple items because you can’t remember you’ve already purchased them.
Don’t ask me how many egg timers I’ve bought! And here is what is frightening: each time I saw one it was like I had never seen one before (‘How cool, an egg timer!’). When I cleaned out my kitchen drawer, I noticed I had several–all the same, brand new, never been opened egg timers.
How could I not remember seeing them before never mind purchasing them?
4. You have no clarity in thinking.
Simple concepts are just plain confusing and you can’t explain what’s confusing you so you just keep your mouth shut.
I call this ‘Lost in Translation.’ Everyone around me is speaking the language I’m supposed to know how to speak, yet I have no idea what they are talking about. I have participated in so many conversations where I was lost within a few minutes.
The worst was if I had to actually make a decision! I would be paralyzed with fear because I could not think clearly.
5. You are easily overwhelmed.
I remember at my worst thinking I had Alzheimer’s disease. I felt like my grandmother must have felt when she first started showing signs of Alzheimer’s. We had to write down the simplest instructions for her because she would get overwhelmed and then would shut down. I needed someone to do that for me but was too embarrassed and scared to ask for help.
I still have to simplify, simplify, simplify otherwise I’m overwhelmed. The difference now is that I have total clarity and know what to do to stay organized. That’s one reason I’m so passionate about editing my closet, otherwise I’ll spend all day, feeling miserable, trying to find something to wear.
You have Brain Fog, so now what?
Brain fog is related to gut health. If you’re consuming artificial sweeteners, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, processed food, foods that have pesticides on them, or gluten and you have brain fog, it’s a sign that you need to make changes immediately with your diet. Try removing them and see how you feel!