When Brain Fog Strikes

Perimenopause and menopause play havoc with the brain and brain fog is no joke, especially when you're in the classroom or trying to have a sensible conversation with a colleague.

Here are one or two things that might help.

  1. Move. Even if it's just pacing your classroom, it'll get the blood flowing and help you feel better.
  2. Breathe. Use deep calming breaths right from your belly. That'll help get oxygen to the brain.
  3. Have a change of scene if you can - to wake the brain up.
  4. Don't panic. The more stressed you get about it the worse it will get.
  5. Take your mind off your mind. Think about something else. Even better, do something.
  6. Play for time. Let someone know you'll come back to them later.
  7. Deflect. Ask a question. Give someone else some responsibility.
  8. Crack a joke. Or ask someone else to tell you one. Laughter helps clear the mind.
  9. Don't be tempted to reach for sweet things. Find something that will release energy slowly like oats or nuts.
  10. Make sure you're drinking enough. Good luck!