I remember a funny incident decades ago when I was 21 years old and I was giving a presentation but a few moments later, I started forgetting my sentences and it happened again & again & again... The teacher weirdly looked at me and asked me bluntly if I was stupid while everyone in class roared with laughter.
This was my experience in the 80s as a young adult with undiagnosed ADHD which due to my impeccable habits then as a university student, caused me to experience some severe brain fog.
I had terribly humiliating experiences all throughout my teenage years too. Not that I was a bad student; I'm always on my best behaviors, but I just couldn't focus or follow simple directions. I ‘go left’ when I should have gone right. I forgot things quickly, even the words I recently said. I like to call it the ADHD brain fog.
How Does ADHD and Brain fog Correlate?
You know that feeling - that feeling that makes you feel like you've got cobwebs hanging around your brain; where thinking clearly becomes a war.
It feels like you're cycling around in a fog. You find it difficult to process the activities around you.
You find it hard to focus, not because you're distracted - but because your thoughts are just not coming together.
Concentration becomes a forced activity, and it gets you exhausted. Some people call it a fuzzy brain.
If my descriptions ring a bell or describe how you feel then you might want to do some research about it.
Here are other symptoms attributed to the brain fog:
- Overly daydreaming
- Naturally confused
- Good starter
- Being unable to cope with the boring situation
- Being unable to process questions or answers correctly
- Sluggishness with task completion
Unfortunately, there is only a little information about what treatment works for ADHD brain fog, especially in adults.
However, some research has confirmed that stimulated medications do not seem to improve these symptoms.
In my experience, I've learned and noticed that it only came when I had stopped caring about my routines, working out, and structure... Once I started taking care of myself it just disappeared.How to Snap Out of The Condition ( A real-life experience)
So, what if you wanted to do the same? Here is what I focused the most on.Getting more sleep
After the tedious work of the day, I still didn't get enough sleep to complement the stress because I woke up countless times at night. Be sure to get enough sleep. Going more than three days of without enough sleep will compromise your clarity.Acknowledge the stress and stagnancy
When I notice that I've been staring at a piece of paper lately, surfing the internet aimlessly, and getting stressed, I don't try to deny those feelings, I take them as a signal that I need to take a walk, exercise, or get some fresh air. Just to take a break and get my brain back to work.Eat right, drink right
Whenever I'm stressed up, I take more sugar, which doesn't seem to work for me. In fact, my mental fog gets higher. Also, I become less hydrated because I seldom drink enough water. You should help your brain by getting hydrated and eating nutritious food.Simplify your tasks
Our brain naturally craves complexity, yet performs optimally when handled with simplicity.
This is so true! It would be best if you looked for ways to simplify your daily tasks.
Give Omega 3 a try
Omega 3 is helpful with ADHD and brain fog by nourishing the brain with the essential fatty acid it needs. It performs effectively at helping the brain to concentrate, and have mental clarity. You may start noticing its effect after a month of use.Wrapping Up
Managing the brain and performing tasks effectively requires knowing what the body and the brain need to function. There's no certainty on whether cognitive behavioral therapy will work for ADHD brain fog.
As you move forward in these endeavors, be sure to implement helpful brain-boosting techniques rather than getting baffled by brain-blundering habits.- Sheryl