A fairly common condition that many can experience in early recovery is sometimes known by the term ‘brain fog’. It can feel as if your head is stuffed cotton wool, and you may have problems concentrating or remembering things. This condition does not usually for very long, but it can be a little worrying if you do not know what is causing it. Below are seven things you can do to overcome brain fog in early recovery:
1. Eat a Healthy Diet and Deal with Any Nutritional Deficiencies
One potential reason for why you may have developed brain fog is nutritional deficiencies. If you think this might be the case, you are probably want to speak to your doctor to see if you need to start taking some supplements. The situation will likely improve as long as you start eating a healthier diet. This means getting a good mix of all the required nutrients and avoiding junk food. It may also be a good idea to take a daily multivitamin tablet.
2. Get Some Exercise
Exercise is not only important to your body; it is also vital for your mind. If you are unfit, it can lead to sluggishness, which will affect your ability to concentrate. There is no need for you to become a complete gym rat in order to improve the situation; even by committing to a thirty-minute walk every day may be enough to start lifting the brain fog. It is important not to take up any extreme form of exercise without first speaking to your doctor first, especially if you have not exercised much in years.
3. Do Some Simple Meditation Techniques
Meditation is a wonderful tool for increasing your ability to focus and it can improve your general mental functioning as well. You may find the idea of sitting down to meditate a bit too much given your fuzzy brain, so a better option might be to try moving meditation such as tai-chi or yoga – even going for a long walk can be a form of meditation. There are also some simple breathing exercises that can improve your focus and do not require much concentration initially.
4. Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
Insomnia is probably the most common cause of brain fog for many. If you are having problems getting to sleep in early recovery, this could explain your inability to focus. It can take a bit of time to develop healthy sleeping habits in recovery as your body needs to adjust, but you can speed things up by sticking to a regular routine for going to bed and getting up, removing all forms of entertainment from your bedroom (for example, a TV), and not drinking caffeine in the evenings.
5. Have Realistic Expectations for Early Recovery
If you have been abusing alcohol or drugs for a long time, it is understandable that your brain will take a little of time to recover. This does not have to be a big deal as long as you do not make it one. You should find that things steadily improve over the first few weeks of recovery; however, during this time you will probably have to make some allowances.
6. See Your Doctor if the Problem Persists
If the feeling of a fuzzy brain is persisting then you will need to go and speak to your GP. It could indicate that there is something more serious going on and, if so, this will need to be treated in order for you to get the most out of your recovery. It is never a good idea to ignore a persistent symptom like this.
7. Avoid All Mind-Altering Substances
Even if you only ever abused alcohol, it does not mean that you can safely use other substances. If you continue to use something like cannabis, it will affect your ability to think clearly. It is vital that you give up all mind-altering chemicals if you want to enjoy the clear mind that makes sobriety such a wonderful way of living.