Battling brain fog? Memory like a sieve? We've all been there: sitting at your desk, trying to get some work done, and feeling like your brain is operating on low-power mode during an afternoon slump. Perhaps when you meet a new person you forget their name from the get go, or walk into a room and immediately forget why you’re there. Well, my friends, these are examples of the dreaded brain fog.
Here are five things you can do each day to boost your brain power and combat that afternoon slump:
CLOSE YOUR TABS 💻
We’re all guilty of having dozens of tabs open at the same time! Just like your computer slows down the more tabs and programs you have open, the more unresolved situations, and open loops you leave in your mental “to do” list, the bigger the drain on your mind power and energy. Turn the mental list into a written list and get it out of your brain, prioritise your tasks based on urgency, and stop putting off the big jobs. They’re probably not as bad as you think they are…
STEP AWAY FROM YOUR DESK ⛹️
Look for opportunities to move more throughout your day, no matter how small. Take the stairs, park a little further away than you need to, go for a brisk walk after lunch and notice if you feel more productive and energised that afternoon. Being physically active is incredibly beneficial for our brain health and mood. It stimulates blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the brain, which helps it to perform better. It also increases a substance called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which supports the survival and growth of brain cells.
DRINK SOME COFFEE ☕
Caffeine is high in antioxidants and contains phytochemicals, which are vital in supporting mood, cognitive function and protecting our brain. Remember to always caffeinate responsibility, and remember to drink some water!
ADD SOME PURPLE TO YOUR DIET 🍆
When it comes to brain health, the purple-red, blue and black coloured fruits and vegetables are standouts – think blackcurrants, berries, plums, eggplant and black beans. You are probably thinking why? Well, the natural pigments that give plants their different colours offer us an array of health benefits as these contain anthocyanins, which have potent antioxidant properties.
LOOK INTO NOOTROPICS 🌿
Nootropics are unique compounds that support a diverse range of cognitive functions—including mental clarity, memory recall and cognitive task performance. Some of my favourites are L-THEANINE, Siberian ginseng, and green coffee bean extract.
I hope these tips help you combat your brain fog!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brianna-lee is a qualified Nutritionist with a diverse and extensive portfolio career and qualifications in Nutrition, Psychology, Fitness/Pilates, and Business. She has spent the last ten years working in the Health and Wellness industry and alongside allied health professionals. Brianna-lee is passionate about health and integrating modalities to educate individuals on achieving optimal health and long-term wellness. She was also a recipient of ANTA National Bursary Award 2022 for her academic excellence.