Have you ever left your keys in the fridge? Or forgotten a person’s name at a work event? It’s easy to put down lapses in focus to ‘senior’ moments or plain old overwork. But there’s no need to live with a lack of clarity.
Many of us fear losing our mental abilities. At the age of 39, superstar actor Chris Hemsworth has announced he is taking time off acting to focus on his health, because gene tests have shown he is at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, which is a leading cause of dementia.
Chris admits he was shocked at the news, but adds he is choosing to take steps to maintain his physical and mental health. He told Vanity Fair magazine, “When you have preposition to cardiovascular heart disease, cancer, anything—it’s all about sleep management, stress management, nutrition, movement, fitness. The tools need to be applied in a consistent way.”
It’s the same with your brain health. Brain fog can be caused by overwork and lifestyle – for example, new parents often stumble around in a brain fog because they’re getting a lot less sleep. You can also get brain fog from some medications and some health conditions, such as thyroid disorders. If you’ve ruled these out and you’re still often experiencing brain fog, there are simple lifestyle steps you can take to improve your day-to-day brain health. “When the brain gets what it needs, it will thrive. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sleep can all help boost your brain functions.” says psychotherapist Dr Mike Dow, who is the author of the book The Brain Fog Fix.