It can include memory problems, lack of mental clarity, altered concentration levels, and inability to focus. Brain fog can occur as a result of hormonal changes, like perimenopause. Decline in estrogen levels can result in forgetfulness, lack of concentration, clouded judgment and thinking, and overall, brain fog. Brain fog can be combated by getting sufficient amounts of sleep every night, managing stress levels, avoiding too much alcohol and caffeine intake, incorporating regular exercise, having a nutritious diet and constantly working one’s brain (puzzles, reading, etc.).
Experiencing brain fog at this stage can be daunting and a bit alarming, as some women mistake it for early onset of dementia, especially if there is a family history. It is important to incorporate exercises, regardless of what the brain fog is caused by to better exercise memory and thinking skills. Brain fog can be potentially debilitating in everyday simple life tasks and one’s job. Therefore, it is vital to gain control over the symptom so that it would not overtake one’s life and wellbeing.
Simple lifestyle changes can be extremely beneficial in supporting good brain health which can reduce the need for panic. We should be doing all we can to age gracefully!
-Written by Kaila An MPH
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