What Is Brain Fog?Brain fog isn’t a disease or medical condition. Rather, it’s used loosely to refer to a set of symptoms that can stem from underlying physical and mental problems. Brain fog includes problems with cognition, memory, focus, and concentration. It can cause your child to feel like their brain is lost in swirling fog, making it difficult to read, carry on conversations, remember what task comes next or accomplish schoolwork. Brain fog can be caused by lack of sleep, stress, allergies, and other nutritional problems, hormonal imbalances, and underlying medical conditions like anemia, hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, depression, and migraines.
Brain Fog and Anxiety
Clearing the FogYou don’t have to be sure about the cause of brain fog. Whatever is making that “fuzzy brain” feeling, there are some positive steps you can take to help clear the fog.
● Get good sleep, and plenty of it! Poor sleep is a major cause of both brain fog and anxiety. Help your child establish a regular bedtime routine and aim for at least 10 hours of sleep for preschoolers and 9 hours of sleep for school-aged kids and teenagers.
● Clean up your diet. Cutting out sugar and eating plenty of whole foods, including healthy protein, fruits, and veggies, can lower inflammation in the body and support healthy brain function. Be sure to give your school-aged child a breakfast packed with protein and healthy fats to provide their brain with enough fuel for a morning of mental work in school.
● Lower stress. Easier said than done, right? The main stressor in your kid’s life may be anxiety itself. Taking Brillia to help normalize neurotransmitter activity can make a huge difference as part of a holistic approach to managing symptoms of anxiety. You can also help lower your child’s stress level by introducing them to techniques for mindfulness and relaxation.
● Get moving. You probably know from experience that a walk in the fresh air and sunshine can give you a whole new outlook on life and improve your mental clarity. Encourage your child to participate in regular physical exercise, especially outdoors, such as hiking, walking, biking, yoga or playing sports.