If you’re no longer in your teens, there may be times when you feel mentally cloudy. You’re tired or you didn’t get much rest, and you just can’t think as clearly. As you reach your 40s and 50s and beyond, you may notice the struggle becomes more real. The good news is you don’t have to live like this.
Take Care of Yourself
Your mind is directly tied to your body. When you aren’t healthy physically, you can’t be at your best mentally. If you’ve noticed a sharp decline in mental ability recently, get checked out by your doctor. You could have a chemical imbalance or other physical problems going on that you don’t know about.
Once you’ve determined your physical health is okay, look at how you take care of yourself. Are you getting enough sleep? Is it good quality sleep? Exercise also helps with mental clarity because it increases the oxygen that goes to your brain and throughout the system.
Eat healthy for a clearer mind. Heavy foods like breads and pasta can make you feel sluggish mentally as well as physically, while fruits and vegetables can help you be more alert and energetic.
Challenge Your Mind
Your brain is a muscle just like the rest of your body. It needs to be worked out to stay strong. Reading is one of the easiest ways to exercise your mind. You can also play games, which require you to focus and think. Learn a new skill or hobby to use parts of your brain you may not use all the time.
You don’t have to attribute a foggy mind to aging. You can be alert and clear regardless of your age if you start taking care of yourself now.