The most irritating effect of anxiety is probably anxiety-related brain fog. It can be frustrating, exhausting, and, to put it bluntly – discouraging. When it comes to anxiety, brain fog is a form of mental exhaustion that spreads through your entire being and sneaks in between the anxious thoughts. Not only that, but it also shut down all other thoughts except for the annoying anxious ones.
If you are suffering from anxiety and have anxiety-related brain fog, then getting past it can get overwhelming as it makes tasks like thinking and problem-solving look impossible. And the worst part is that even when you are motivated to shake it off, it can get hard to know where you should start.
So, let us look at some more facts on anxiety-related/induced brain fog and how you can emerge from it.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
It is essential to remember, amongst other things, that brain fog is not a specific mental health diagnosis. However, it is real for those who experience it, and it includes the way you feel both mentally and physically.
And because it can be related to several other conditions like anxiety, depression, diabetes, side-effects of medications, and certain auto-immune disorders, amongst other conditions, it is essential that you consult with your doctor so that any other probable causes of mental exhaustion can be ruled out.
Very much like anxiety, everyone has a unique experience when it comes to brain fog, which might create experiences like the following:
A Feeling Of Exhaustion
If you have brain fog, your mind and body will feel heavy and exhausted even after a good night’s sleep. It might feel like your entire being is lethargic.
Finding Difficulty In Concentration
In this case, you might be reading something that is light, and you enjoy. But, you will really not be able to enjoy what you are reading. You might find yourself reading the same page for approximately half an hour and still not figure out what you have read so far.
Let us imagine, for example, that you are in the aisle of a grocery store and you are staring at the shelf containing the products and your list, but you are still not able to make out what it is that you are supposed to purchase.
Suppose you are preparing a dish that you have prepared countless times before and you have everything you need in front of you arranged by someone else as it can be difficult to plan things out with brain fog, you might find it difficult and even puzzling as to where and how you should start.
Even when you are working extremely hard at something, you will feel as if you are not getting enough work done.
Struggles With Communication
Communication is a 2-way street. However, having brain fog makes things really difficult. You can have a hard time keeping up with something that a person is saying, which might result in you struggling to come up with relevant things to say.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ANXIETY IS THROWN INTO THE MIX?
The above-mentioned are some of the probable consequences of brain fog, which by itself is quite challenging, as you have already seen. However, if you throw anxiety in the mix, the level of distress goes to another level. Together with the symptoms of brain fog, the symptoms of anxiety can feel like an absolute nightmare.
When you have anxiety-induced brain fog, you have to deal with the above experiences while struggling with the following:
The stressful thoughts feel like the only thing in our being that has the desire and energy to move.
Constantly Thinking Of Worst-Case Scenarios
Along with brain fog, anxiety leads us to believe and imagine every negative consequence that might happen as a result of this state of fogginess in the brain.
Not Being Able To Relax
Everyone who suffers from anxiety knows that it makes you feel tired and worn out. When you have brain fog, this feeling of exhaustion gets amplified manifold, and you cannot even get the required rest that your body and mind demands. We are continuously worried and engage with negative thoughts that are associated with anxiety.
The sheer nature of anxiety-related brain fog grows and begins to envelop us. It becomes extremely difficult to think or even know what you should do about it.
But, there is hope!! There are ways to reduce anxiety and brain fog at the same time!!
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN OVERCOME BRAIN FOG AS A RESULT OF ANXIETY
According to many experts, anxiety-related brain fog might increase your anxiety. And when your anxiety increases, your brain fog grows in strength, and things become even more complicated. This, in turn, leads anxiety levels to rise in response, making the whole thing a nightmarish cycle.
You might become upset as a result of it and might even begin to criticize yourself as an initial reaction. However, this does not work. But, just like everything else, this reaction has a positive side. It might provide you with a starting point for overcoming anxiety-induced brain fog, which includes acceptance and non-judgement.
Now accepting your brain fog-related experience might sound strange. But the thing to remember is that acceptance does not imply resigning yourself to the situation. All it means is to try and let go of the struggle. Once you understand and accept that anxiety and brain fog are current parts of your life without any judgement and stop punishing yourself for going through the experience, you will be able to detach yourself and become free.
After you start to accept the facts, you will still feel foggy and anxious. But now, you have earned yourself some breathing space. You will now be able to focus your attention on taking positive measures to reduce not only anxiety but anxiety-related brain fog as well.