Anxiety is increasingly prevalent in our modern world.  I suffer from it, and according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, I'm one of 40 million anxiety-stricken adults in the US.  A wide range of factors can contribute to anxiety.  Many believe that the influx of instances is caused by societal factors, like trauma, over-stimulation, and the toxicity experienced in our day-to-day lives.  It can feel difficult or even impossible to manage anxiety, but there are ways.  If you have anxiety, it's up to you whether or not to take medication for it.  I choose not to, and I believe that is the right choice for me.  Instead, I manage my symptoms through nutrition, yoga, meditation, and energy work.  These methods are very effective for me and others, and have zero side effects.
4 Easy Ways to Manage Anxiety Holistically
September 4, 2018

3 Ways to Address Brain Fog Holistically

Brain fog is something so many of us suffer from.  Some experience it chronically, and some every once in a while.  Brain fog often accompanies a chronic illness.  It is a common symptom of fibromyalgia, and other conditions.  Here are a few ways to clear your head, and raise your spirits!  Using any or all of these on a regular basis will also have a cumulative effect, and you will find yourself having fewer brain fog attacks.  

1. Herbs

There are several herbs that can be used for brain fog.  My favorite are gotu kola* and rosemary*.  In fact, I make a tincture out of these two herbs, and use it almost daily.  They can also be blended and used as an herbal tea, or mixed with green tea. 

To make a tincture, fill a small jar about 3/4 full with the two herbs, and then cover them with glycerin or vodka.  Let it sit in a cool, dark spot for 4-6 weeks, and then strain it.  Store it in a tincture bottle with a dropper, and use a few drops at a time, either straight into your mouth, or diluted in water or tea.  

Rosemary can also be added to food, and has many other benefits aside from mental.  Sage* is another great herb that can help with brain health, and can be added to food, teas, or tinctures.

 

2.  Nature

Getting out in nature can boost your brain power, and lift your brain fog.  It can also help with anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.  There is much research being done on the effects of nature on our minds, and it has been shown to have a wide range of benefits!  This doesn’t mean you have to drive to the nearest mountain, and embark upon a three-day backpacking trip!  Simply spending a few hours each week doing something outdoors will give your mind a boost.

If you have a yard, you can do some gardening.  Grow some healthy food!  A park can also be a great place to find nature, whether you have a yard or not.  Spend some time sitting under a tree, or go for a walk in a wooded area.  If you live in a city, it’s a good idea to get out of the polluted air every so often, as well.  Look up hikes in your area, and find one nearby.  

Even in the winter, make some time each week to sit outside, maybe with a cozy blanket and a mug of herbal tea.

3.  Move Your Body

Yes, your mind and your body are deeply connected!  If your brain feels stagnant and foggy, you may be best served by drawing on that connection.  Get some exercise!  Moving around will help get your blood moving, and your endorphins up, whether it’s doing some yoga, working out at the gym, or dancing around in your living room.  This will help your mind clear, and your energy levels rise!

What have you done to break free of brain fog?  Let me know in the comments!

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