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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brain Fuzz

I appear to be suffering from a tragic case of brain fuzz this morning.

Was ist das?

You know. We all have days like this (lives like this?), when your mind feels as clear as dawn on Cape Disappointment, with the fog, already rolled in. Of course. That seemingly impenetrable mist is just sitting on you like a giant, ancient, fat, contented cat. He ain’t gettin’ gone until he’s good and ready.

Brain Fog (not fuzz. hmmph, I prefer Brain Fuzz) is a thing, not just an expression. Waddya know.

The definition at SheKnows Health and Wellness site:
Brain fog is defined as a feeling of being somewhat disconnected or spaced out, mentally confused and lacking clarity, focus and concentration. Other symptoms may include a decrease in short-term memory, reduced attention span and the onset of forgetfulness. The condition can present itself slowly over a short period of time or progress very quickly.
What are the possible causes of this oh-to-common plight?
1) Stress. Chronic stress overstimulates the brain.
2) Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
3) Lack of sleep and/or interrupted sleep.
4) Nutrient deficiencies.
5) Depression.
Yeah, I’ve got numbers one and three def goin’ on. What to do, what to do ?

Both sites mention vitamins that can help—B-6, B-12, C, E and CoQ10. There are no magic pills, no panacea in easy to ingest tablet form. It’s foolhardy to assume that by just swallowing the blue pill everything will be aaalllllll better. Nope. We don’t get off so easy. Still, I can swing by the pharmacy later and pick up a bottle or two.

Regular exercise, meditation and eating healthy are mentioned too. While my diet is generally, vigorously clean and nourishing, there’s always room for improvement. Same with exercise. Meditation? I don’t do this regularly and I totes should. I know that.

Of course I found a site which gives simple, helpful tips on how to meditate daily.

While many people think of meditation as something you might do with a teacher, in a Zen Center, it can be as simple as paying attention to your breath while sitting in your car or on the train, or while sitting at the coffee shop or in your office, or while walking or showering.
And it goes on with whys and hows.

Now to get off (or on, as it were) my lazy ass and do it!

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