The keys are in the freezer, your shoes don’t always match when you leave the house, and you left the travel mug of coffee on the roof of the car. Again. It isn’t the start of dementia – it’s being over-extended and under-slept. It could be work, being a new parent (we’re still climbing out of the fog and our twins are 10 months old!), or just saying “yes” to too many things.
Once upon a time, you were a very capable individual. Now, you stumble around in a haze trying to remember the last time you felt GOOD. You deserve better than that (even if all of the things in your life are really, really great).
The human body and mind have limits, and we have to protect our most valuable personal resource, because we only get one. Easier said than done, I know, but it’s critical to take care of yourself. Take some time each day to relax, even if it’s 10 minutes in the shower while you visualize the internal crud being washed away with soap and shampoo.
Acupuncture and massage are fantastic mediums to relieve stress, tension, and anxiety (visit http://www.affinityacupuncture.com/Blog.html to learn more about the dangers of stress and some things you can do to help yourself in stressful times). At Affinity Acupuncture, we have some great herbal supplements to help boost brain power, as well.
There are also some great foods you can add to your diet to help increase brain power – whole grains; oily fish (mackerel, sardines, salmon, trout); blueberries; tomatoes; black currants; pumpkin seeds; broccoli; and nuts. Turmeric and sage are fantastic herbs and spices to include in your diet, as well. And don’t forget to hydrate – your brain is mostly water, and it needs fluids to function at its peak.