I never really understood what brain fatigue meant, or whether it applied to my re-wiring, but I do think it is. I have now learned that it has something to do with the way the brain is wired, in my case because I have cerebral palsy.
If you feel like your head is stuck in a vice, you can’t concentrate, or function, and you just feel extremely tired and it feels like brain fog when you lose mental clarity.
My practical suggestions below should help with brain fatigue:
- Cut out refined sugars, foods containing MSG and drinks containing caffeine. Eat plenty of protein and carbohydrates and cut down on saturated fats;
- Eat lots of leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and rocket leaves and add some of the good fats too. Drink plenty of fluids.
- Sleep regularly and at regular times so that you maintain mental clarity. Avoid exercising or watching television too close to bed as this will over-stimulate an already active brain. Being overtired can add to problems with mental clarity;
- Exercise is responsible for reducing stress and encouraging better sleep. It also helps us build up energy, so incorporating exercise regularly into a daily routine is an advantage;
- Reducing stress is a vital part of a healthy routine and may help maintain mental clarity. It is therefore important to lower your stress levels and find time to relax.
Also, cut down on drinking alcohol and smoking. The build-up of toxins from both these substances add to brain fatigue.