There are many powerful types of meditation for brain fog. And you can use them to organise your thoughts and to think more clearly.
Brain fog is a cognitive impairment leading to confusion, confusion, memory problems, and a general tired feeling,” says Dr. Rashmi Byakod [health and wellness writer and the editor of BestforNutrition].
Researchers believe that poor sleep is one of the main causes of brain fog , along with stress.
Extended periods of fatigue can cause complications for the brain and inhibited cognitive functioning. And this can cause problems with working memory, information processing, attention, and reaction time.
However, by meditating can help to strengthen the brain, improve sleep, and boost cognitive functioning. And indeed, we can use meditation for brain fog.
Benefits of Meditation For Brain Fog
Meditation is a Buddhist practice that is now used in therapy. Similar to mindfulness, it involves focusing on the present moment. There are many different types of meditation, such as Anapansati (mindful breathing), Vipassana, and guided meditations for brain fog. And research shows that meditating can help.
Diane Malaspina, PhD says, “Meditation practice is effective at reducing stress hormones, which has a larger impact on the entire nervous system.
“Consistent and regular meditation can lower stress hormones which can improve many of the symptoms of brain fog, like the ability to focus and concentrate and insomnia.
“Meditation also works to activate areas of the brain related to executive functioning, setting the stage for improved thinking and memory.”
As a meditation teacher who meditates every day, I usually have excellent clarity and can easily focus my mind. But you know what it is like. Sometimes life gets on top of us, we get stressed, and among the noise and business of life, we get lost and confused. It happens to us all at one time or another.
Meditation reduces stress and noise so our brains can function effectively.
Clarity of thought
Meditation is a natural remedy for brain fog, according to Kelly Page [Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach and Meditation Teacher].
“Brain fog occurs when you can’t see or think clearly,” says Kelly. “You might be juggling too many things and having a hard time focusing. Meditation is the perfect antidote because it helps you tap into what’s most important to you. Meditation allows you to sit quietly and connect with your breath and yourself.
“When you’re connected to yourself and not chasing every distraction, you can react from a more conscious place. It also allows you to have a better focus on what truly needs your attention and what isn’t as important.”
Science suggests it works.
Research by neuroscientist Giuseppe Pagnoni shows that meditation improves mental clarity and cognitive performance.
Meditation eliminates the causes of brain fog. It reduces stress and mental noise, and helps us get to sleep.
Let me show you how I am personally using meditation for brain fog today and how you can do the same. And you might also like to read my article about using meditation for focus and concentration.
Best Meditations for Brain Fog
The best meditations for brain fog are the simple ones.
- mindful breathing
- guided meditations
- basic mindful movements.
- Anapanasati (mindful breathing)
- Vipassana (labelling thoughts and feelings)
- Mindful stretching
- Samatha (focusing on one object, such as a candle or music)
- Mantras (reciting simple sounds and meditating on them)
Simplicity is key. Why? When we get brain fog, often it is because we have a lot of complicated situations going on in our lives. We have stress and pressure, which creates too many thoughts. The solution to complexity is simplicity. By focusing the mind on something simple, such as the breath, we give the mind an opportunity to clear itself and refocus.
When we meditate, we quieten the mind and clear away negative thoughts.
How To Practise Meditation With Brain Fog
Malaspina recommends using focusing-attention meditation for brain fog.
“One pointed focus techniques can be really helpful for brain fog due to the inability to focus,” says Malaspina. “Choosing a word or phrase to repeat internally, with the eyes closed, is a focus technique that is easy to do and can be done for as little as 3 minutes per day in order to achieve positive results.
“Sitting quietly and comfortably, close the eyes and silently repeat a phrase that is calming and soothing to you. I like to use “I am peace.” or “I am whole.”
“Set the timer and if your mind wanders, return your attention to repeating the chosen phrase. If you’d prefer to keep the eyes open, you can softly stare at an object for a period of time.
“I like to use a candle or watch an hour-glass empty from one end to fill the next. Do your best to avoid moving the eyes off of the chosen object. This can also be done for 3 minutes daily for positive effects.”
Struggling to focus?
One of the problems when using meditation for brain fog is that it can be hard to focus enough to get into the meditation practice in the first place.
If you try to sit to meditate, but you find that your mind simply will not focus, I have a few recommendations for you.
For starters, limit yourself to straightforward meditation techniques, such as basic mindfulness meditation.
Also, surround yourself with relaxing things. For instance, go for a walk in the forest, sit by the lake, or spend time in any other place that is quiet and relaxing. Natural environments calm your mind without you even needing to meditate. This is especially good if your home is too busy and noisy.
Also, use relaxing sounds. In my experience as a meditation teacher, some of the best meditations for clarity are auditory meditations. For instance, listening to meditation music.
With these meditations, brain fog will vanish
Meditation is the best solution for brain fog.
When we meditate, we calm the mind, and we slow down the perpetual cycle of thoughts that can make it difficult to see straight.
We also reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, which are three of the most common causes of brain fog.
I personally like to spend 20 minutes meditating in the morning, so my mind is clear for the rest of the day.
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Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison